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Excellent build quality Gary - my congratulations on your work.

( I don't think I could work in a shop that clean and tidy though  ;D )

Tweakie.

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Excellent work John - it just keeps getting better and better.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: I would pay to have fixed
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:30:10 AM »
Perhaps the first thing you should try is cutting your Velocity and Acceleration settings, in motor tuning, by 50% (for all axes) and see if this cures the problem.
(A G01 feed-rate of 2200 mm/min may be a little optimistic for the Chinese 6040).

Tweakie.

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Hi Killian,

Welcome to the forum.

If you post your question as a new topic in the General Mach Discussion section I am sure someone will know the answer to resolving this particular problem.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Keep having to RESET
« on: October 18, 2013, 12:58:54 AM »
Hi Allan,

I am pleased that you got it sorted.  :)

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Keep having to RESET
« on: October 16, 2013, 01:46:49 AM »
In Config / General Config, un-check 'Use Watch Dogs' and see of that cures the problem.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: License file not updating
« on: October 15, 2013, 01:01:58 AM »
I am pleased you got it sorted Marc. :)

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: laser Text software
« on: October 14, 2013, 03:33:47 AM »
Hi Peter,

Unfortunately Excel is probably not the best data base to be starting from as it does not save or export text in a suitable or easy format for subsequent GCode creation.
I think your easiest option may be to use a software such as F-Engrave (free) http://www.scorchworks.com/Fengrave/fengrave.html which already contains some single line (stick) fonts as well as being able to import most Windows fonts (TTF) to create your GCode tool paths but, as you have said, it will take some time but ‘copy & paste’ may be of some benefit here.
The 1 line (stick) fonts will be the quickest to vector engrave but you may also want to consider the 2 or 3 line fonts for a better appearance (at the expense of machine run-time). The ‘outline and fill’ type of tool path is extremely slow by comparison but may be necessary if you ever consider large sized text.

Over the years I have tried many different methods of laser engraving text and to obtain a particular typeface or font raster engraving has proved to be the best and the quickest overall method but...
Mach3 (as opposed to DSP and similar motion controllers) has not been designed for raster engraving but by using the 'Impact Laser Engraving plugin' (thereby dispensing with the necessity to generate GCode) excellent results can be achieved.
There are two obstacles to be overcome here – firstly, converting your desired text into a .jpg (preferable) or .bmp format and secondly, learning to use the plugin with your laser.

If you are going to use engraving laminates then I think you need to use the ‘laser friendly’ types, which are basically coloured, laminated, acrylic. These are quick and easy to use, do not contain any PVC, but may only be available in smaller size sheets (unless you buy in bulk).

Hope this helps.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: laser Text software
« on: October 13, 2013, 11:58:25 AM »
Hi Peter,

Welcome to the forum and my congratulations on constructing your own laser operating under Mach3 control.

Do you need to do just single line engraving or reproduce a particular typeface (font) ?

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Keep having to RESET
« on: October 13, 2013, 07:56:37 AM »
Hi Jaffaguy,

What message do you get in the Status: window at the bottom of the screen ?

Tweakie.

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