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General Mach Discussion / Re: 3040 Chinese machine
« on: May 14, 2017, 07:27:50 AM »
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When I try to make a cut it is about a 1/4"

Can you explain in more detail exactly what the problem is.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Auto Zero Z-axis Metric
« on: May 14, 2017, 07:22:43 AM »
Hi Fred,

If it's not operating 100% reliably then, in my opinion, it would be unwise to use the Auto Zero function. The problem is that it may work perfectly until you are setting an expensive or delicate tool - and that's when it always fails.

Many of the Chinese motion controllers do not fully support the G31 function (as far as Mach3 is concerned) and unless they are prepared to offer customer support by updating their plugin there is little that can be done. Try contacting XHC to find out which version of Mach3 they recommend for using the G31 function (it may be an earlier version than the .062 which I suggested). If you don't have an XHC contact email then Alex He may be able to help  xhctech-alex@hotmail.com

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Auto Zero Z-axis Metric
« on: May 14, 2017, 06:14:57 AM »
Sounds like good news  ;)

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Hall of shame
« on: May 14, 2017, 01:58:16 AM »
Hi Alayax,

Welcome.

Install everything as per the vendor's instructions.

When you open Mach3 go into Help / About Mach3... if it says Licensed to: Demo Version then everything is OK. If it has a name and that name is not your name then you have installed a Pirate license.

If you have installed a Pirate license then the file   Mach1Lic.dat   must then be deleted from you Mach3 folder before you continue to use the Mach3 software.

Tweakie.

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Unfortunately there is no one answer that suits all situations – electrical noise (and I am sure that is the problem) is bit of a chameleon.
A couple of suggestions…

1) A single point (star) EARTH with all cable shields taken to this one point (shields left unconnected at their far ends).
2) RFI filters fitted to both the VFD supply input and the machine controller supply input.
3) 0.1uF capacitor fitted between each used breakout board switch Input and GND.
4) Routing input signal cables (switches, etc.) away from ac power cables.

I don’t suppose 10 bucks buys much Beer these days but that always seems to help me with problem solving.  ;)

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Auto Zero Z-axis Metric
« on: May 12, 2017, 03:46:14 AM »
Hi Fred,

The .066 version of Mach3 may be causing the issue but there is also the possibility that the XHC controller is not supporting the G31 command properly.

Download and install Mach3 version .062 ftp://anonymous:guest@ftp.machsupport.com/Mach3/Mach3Version3.043.062.exe (this can be installed over the top of your existing install). As a precaution make a safe copy of the <your profile>.xml file which contains your machine settings.

Tweakie.

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obviously nothing is impossible but there is no way you can code that into Mach3.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Auto Zero Z-axis Metric
« on: May 11, 2017, 08:42:53 AM »
Hi Fred,

Your Z axis should be going down during the line      Code "G31Z-50 F" &ProbeFeed

Then it touches the plate, stops then the Z axis goes up during the line    Code "G0 Z10" 'Change the Z retract height here


Are you using a the Parallel Port or a motion controller ?
Which version of Mach3 are you using ?

Can you attach your .xml file.
This file is in your Mach3 folder called <your profile>.xml  copy and rename the copy to fredmens.xml before attaching using the Reply and Additional Options tabs.

Tweakie.

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But I need to get the data about a loaded g-code and custom draw it.

This is need for the machine operator.

I think you are expecting too much from Mach3 which is just a Machine Controller - it does not have a CAD function as such.

Tweakie.

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You can, to some extent, do this using the 'Teach' function and the keyboard arrow keys but I suggest you use a CAD/CAM program - it does a much better job.

Tweakie.

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