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General Mach Discussion / Re: NSK, Gecko, Mach3 questions
« on: September 21, 2009, 06:42:08 PM »
So far no luck.

Motor outputs: I have pin 14 as the step pin and 1 as the step port.

Output Signals: Output #2 is set to Port 1 Pin 1.

Spindle Setup: Relay Control - Not Disabled (Disable spindle relays not checked). Flood mist Control - Disabled (Disable flood/mist relays checked). Modbus Spindle - Enabled checked. Motor Control - Use Spindle Motor Output checked, PWM control checked. All else as defaults.

So far I get nothing coming out of the Gecko on 7,8 and 9.   My assumption is that i should be able to measure the voltage that needs to go into the controller.

I attached a page from the Gecko 540 and the NSK controller to identify the connections.

Any help is appreciated.


General Mach Discussion / Re: NSK, Gecko, Mach3 questions
« on: September 14, 2009, 08:11:08 AM »
The NSK is the spindle controller and the Gecko sends the signal.


General Mach Discussion / NSK, Gecko, Mach3 questions (answered)
« on: September 13, 2009, 04:59:55 PM »
Don't know if anyone has tried this but I have an NSK E2550, Gecko540, and Mach3.  I asked Gecko about the connection from the 540 to the NSK controller and I believe I have that correct.  When I try and set up the ports and pins in the Mach3 configuration tab I set both the set and direction to pin 14 and the ports to 1. Under spindle setup I set "Use spindle motor output" to "PWM". I disabled the relay control.

So far i cannot get it to work was hoping someone could offer some suggestions.



General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach Workshop at Cabin Fever Expo
« on: January 18, 2009, 09:58:13 AM »
Things got off to a slow start this morning because they would not let Ron and Brian unload until today.  By 10:00 things picked up.   I learned something today that made the entire trip worth it.  I found there was a peck drill pull back setting in mach.  Mine was set for .1".  I always wondered why my mill would pull up so far when peck drilling.

Would you mind telling us how the pull back is changed?


General Mach Discussion / Re: I'm lost
« on: January 15, 2009, 08:47:31 PM »
It's a freakin mystery.

General Mach Discussion / Re: I'm lost
« on: January 14, 2009, 08:07:22 AM »
I have never found what the issue is or why you need to use the sherline mode.   The computer I am running on is a 1.8 AMD with a gig of ram.  There is no onboard video and I do not run anything but Mach3 on this system.

I do like the Gecko over the Xylotex controller it is a much more robust system.

I would like to get the smoothstepper at some point when they have 100% compatibility. 

General Mach Discussion / driver test
« on: December 20, 2008, 11:12:49 AM »
It is clear that I know just enough to be very dangerous.  >:D

I was hoping someone can offer some guidance on two questions I have after running the driver test.

1) When I searched around prior to posting it looks like I have an older test from the screen shots I have seen.  I used the file in the Mach3 folder.  Not sure if there is some type of upgrade or different file I should use?  I have version 2.63.

2) From this image I see a very flat line which I believe is good.   But I am wondering if the longest and shortest times are appropriate?

As always thanks for any help.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Setvar parmeters
« on: November 13, 2008, 06:22:35 PM »
No my question was that I wanted to know what SetVar(1000) was doing.  I could not find a reference to it and I was assuming it was some type of tool offset.   Come to find out it is an offset but used in X-Y probing as a diameter offset used on the "OFFSETS" page of the standard screen sets. 

But more important is the knowledge that variables above 1000 are used in wizards.  Although I am still wondering why 2000, 2001, and 2002 are used to retrieve x,y, and z probing positions. Is it just arbitrary?

Anyhow, just tying to learn.

Thanks for the help I know it can be frustrating answering these basic questions.

Much appreciated.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Setvar parmeters
« on: November 13, 2008, 01:18:46 PM »

That was the information I needed.  I never thought to look on the Offset page and see what variables were used.  I am using the default screen set and now I can see that 1000 is the "edge finder diameter" which is what I do not want!

Thanks for helping.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Setvar parameters
« on: November 13, 2008, 08:43:31 AM »
Thanks for the info Scott.

I searched the Wiki and looked at every reference for DROs, downloaded the excel spreadsheet with the values printed, and looked through Art's files on the Yahoo boards but I have not found any reference to the VB DRO 1000.  I really just wanted to know if there are other DROs like 1000 that I should know about.

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