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Screen designer tips and tutorials / stupid question
« on: April 20, 2008, 10:19:43 AM »

I can click and edit objects.  If I add a button or other object I can no longer edit objects.  It seems like it goes into emulation mode I can click objects but not edit them.  I searched for a way to revert back to the edit mode but without exiting the program and restarting I cannot find a way.


General Mach Discussion / Tool Probe XY Positioning
« on: April 19, 2008, 10:46:14 PM »
I got the probe from Zarzul.  I works great. I downloaded the tool touch off routine from the video.  It also works well but i would like to make one change.

I would like to "record" the XY location of the probe relative to the part XY zero.  I modified the code to get the XY locations if the tool is Tool 0.  Then if the tool is some other tool then Zero it would load the XY coordinates and position the cutter over the probe.

It seems like the Variables that i am using get zeroed out when I run the program for Tool 0 and then for some other Tool Number.  This actually makes sense to me.

So my question is how do I store this XY location?  Do I use a work offset or is there another way to store a variable so that it can be used when the program is run again?

Here is the code: (Xpostion and Yposition are the variables)

Zmove = 1.5
Zpos = GetDRO(2)
Tool = GetDRO (24)
Dim Xposition As Integer
Dim Yposition As Integer
ZOffset = GetVar (1000)

If Tool = 0 Then
   Response = MsgBox ("Is the X and Y Located over the probe?", 4 , "Set up offset")
   If (Response = 6) Then ' Yes

   Response = MsgBox ("Did you zero off the part First?", 4 , "Set up offset")
   If (Response = 6) Then ' Yes
   Xposition = GetVar(2000)
   Yposition = GetVar(2001)
   ZPos = Zpos - ZMove
   Code "G31 Z" & ZPos & " F20.0"
   While IsMoving()
   Zpos = GetVar(2002)
   Call SetVar (1000,ZPos)
   MsgBox "Set zero on the top of the part and run again"
   End If
   MsgBox "Position X and Y over probe"
   End If
   Response = MsgBox ("Is there enough Z height to move to probe?", 4 , "Set up offset")
   If (Response = 6) Then ' Yes
   Code "G00 Z" & (Zpos + 2.0)
   End If
   Code "G00 X" & Xposition
   Code "G00 Y" & Yposition
   OldZpos = Zpos
   ZPos = Zpos - ZMove
   Code "G31 Z" & ZPos & " F20.0"
   While IsMoving()
   Zpos = GetVar (2002)
   Code "G00 Z" & Zpos



LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Curves come in as lines
« on: January 14, 2008, 07:27:18 PM »
Thanks Brian!

Appreciate all the effort to make these programs work!


LazyCam (Beta) / Curves come in as lines
« on: January 14, 2008, 10:09:26 AM »
I updated to the latest version of lazycam (yeah, I know) and it seems I may have something set incorrectly.

This was from an older version, nice curve.

And this is from the lastest 3.00.02 version, not a nice curve but lines!

Any help would be great!


General Mach Discussion / Re: Losing zero by alot and can't cut a circle
« on: December 22, 2007, 11:58:01 AM »
I would check with an indicator if the is any side to side movement in your table. I say this because it sounds like something is binding.  Put an indicator on the end of the X axis and hang it off the head or table, something not connected to the table.  And with your hand see if you can move the X axis table front to back.  If so you need to adjust the gibs.

Just a guess.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Upgraded to 2.6
« on: November 26, 2007, 05:11:46 PM »

Thanks for the reply I was concerned because I saw a thread where Brain mentioned an issue but i guess I did not realize how old it was:


So far I have cut some fairly complex models and everything seems to be fine.  The display problem was something I was doing wrong it now displays the rotary model fine.

I do wish there was more information on how to use the variables for backlash speed % and shuttle accel to minimize the delay between moves.  I guess the shuttle accel sounds straight forward but there must be a reason why it is ajustable?



General Mach Discussion / Upgraded to 2.6
« on: November 22, 2007, 10:00:37 PM »
from 1.9 and I have a few questions.

1) I need to use backlash. Should I not use CV and if I should not what is the proper way to turn it off.

2) When I use the proper (or any size) rotational diameters the tool path does not display correctly.  I have the A axis enabled is there something else I need to adjust?  The part is displayed with to large a diameter in 2.6 and it looks fine in older versions.



Mind posting something you made with the unit hooked to Mach3?  I am curious to see what you are engraving.



Tangent Corner / Re: Wax vacuum recovey system
« on: August 20, 2007, 08:09:43 AM »
Ya go after what ever you can get...  so don't stand around my machine too long.

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