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General Mach Discussion / Re: NO INPUT SIGNALS
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:42:24 AM »
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my inputs worked untill i had a storm..

If the storm destroyed your inputs then I suggest you start replacing parts one at a time until the problem is fixed. Start with the BoB if that doesn't do it  then replace the LPT parallel port of the PC.

Tweakie.

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Share Your GCode / Re: Demo Gcode
« on: January 14, 2017, 02:32:16 AM »
Hi Robert,

Welcome to the forum.

The demo Gcodes are all about learning how to use Mach3 and understanding Gcode so you are starting out on a great adventure my friend.

As an example, load Alien.tap. You will notice that the Gcode contains a G20 which tells us that the code has been written in Imperial (Inch) units. Click on Toolpath (Alt-4) and you will see the ‘Program Limits’ which tells us that the image size will be X Range + / - 2.4605” and Y Range + / - 3.4136” with a cut depth of 1/8”. These dimensions can be easily altered by returning to the Program Run screen and altering the Scale DRO’s – a value of 1.0000 is full size, a value of 0.5000 is half size, a value of 2.0000 is double size and so on. After changing a Scale DRO press ‘Enter’ (CR) then ‘Regen. Toolpath’. Returning to the ‘ToolPath’ screen will show the revised ‘Program Limits’. It should also be noted that Alien.tap has it’s Datum (X0,Y0) at the centre of the work (many Gcodes have the Datum at the lower left hand corner of the work).

Cut depth can be altered by changing the Z axis Scale DRO but it may be better to alter the Gcode program itself. Using Notepad select Edit / Replace, copy the first negative Z value found (in this case Z-0.050) into the ‘Find what’ box then type in your selected depth into the ‘Replace with’ box, then click ‘Replace All’ – then save the changes.

The dimension and cut depth for all the Demo Gcode programs can be found and altered in this way.

To run Alien.tap ‘as-is’, select a suitable material => 5” x 7” x ¼” set the cutter to dead centre of the work and zero the X and Y axis DRO’s, set the cutter (I suggest a ‘V’ bit for this one) just touching the surface of the work and zero the Z axis DRO, raise the Z axis so the cutter is clear of the work. Click on ‘Cycle Start’ and away you go. If necessary adjust Feed-Rate with the FRO slider.

The more you do the easier it all becomes but be prepared for some mega fails along the way.

Hope this helps.

Tweakie.

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Works in progress / Re: New (revised) Mach3 6-axis screen
« on: January 13, 2017, 01:47:45 AM »
When you download and install a new screen you also need to copy it's associated graphics to the Mach3 Bitmaps folder.

Tweakie.

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It is caused by your IJ Mode being incorrectly set (Config. / General Config.).

Ideally all Gcode containing arcs should contain the G90.1 or G91.1 as appropriate - then the problem does not occur.

Tweakie.

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Could you perhaps do s few more tests and give a bit more detail...

Is it Mach3 that is freezing (just stopping) and if so what is the message given in the Status bar at the bottom of the screen ?
Is it your PC that is freezing ?
Is it the Gecko drive that is freezing ?

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 blocks for no apparent reason
« on: January 12, 2017, 04:36:47 AM »
Do you have a Mach3 license ?
Are you running Mach3 in Demo Mode ?
Is there any Status message at the bottom of the screen ?

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:16:53 AM »
May I suggest that (if you have not done so already) you also join the Warp 9 forum http://www.warp9td.com/index.php/kunena/index

Tweakie.

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Share Your GCode / Re: Demo Gcode
« on: January 11, 2017, 07:07:05 AM »
I have added a couple more horse outline engraving Gcode files to the .zip folder also a reworked Chucks Deer V-Carve Gcode (which is just less than the 500 lines).

Tweakie.

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Share Your GCode / Re: Chucks Deer V carve engraving
« on: January 11, 2017, 06:59:39 AM »
For those who have yet to purchase the Mach3 license and are running in Demo Mode I have re-worked the Chucks Deer Gcode file to get it down to just below the 500 line limit. To avoid duplication the Gcode file is included in the .zip folder here; http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,18345.msg126486.html#msg126486

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 problems with computer printer port
« on: January 11, 2017, 06:43:15 AM »
Yes indeed the ESS will work just fine with Win10 64 bit and Mach3 (it will also work with Mach4 if you want to update at a later stage).

I think you should also check out other motion controllers (I have only mentioned the ESS because that is what I use).


Tweakie.

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