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General Mach Discussion / Re: Octimising Mach settings, help needed
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:16:56 AM »
Hi John,

If your machine has ball screws then yes you should be able to increase your velocity (in motor tuning) to 1000 and achieve faster rapids without loosing steps. However, if you have the gibs set too tight or any other binding in the drive train then this may be causing your problem.

It may just be worth connecting an analogue voltmeter across your 48V PSU output and checking that there is no voltage drop when jogging X and Y at the same time.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Hall of shame
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:08:05 AM »
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Anyone who is thinking of pirating this software should be shamed.
At $150 bucks or so its got to be one of the best value softwares around.
Pay the money it's worth every cent.
It's not like others which charge thousands.

Well said Al  :)

Tweakie.

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Hola Alejandro,

Bienvenido al foro.
Si te sirve de ayuda la sección española está aquí http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/board, 51.0.html

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: hola ... Mr BLaaCK is BaCK xD
« on: April 26, 2013, 07:53:13 AM »
Hola Blacky,

I am pleased you are making progress with your study project – there is indeed much to learn and understand.

You should be able to observe the step and direction signals from the parallel port with an oscilloscope irrespective of Mach3 being the demo version or not. Just remember that the step pulses are of short duration and there may be many of them in quick succession so you need a reasonable quality scope.

I love that video, especially where it says "wire everything up, plug it into the computer and you’re done”.  ;D

Unfortunately, it’s not really that simple, Mach3 is basically an open loop control system which sends out step and direction signals – It is then up to the machine controller to interpret those signals into an exact positional movement. To do this the machine controller could use propriety IC’s to control stepper motors or servo motors with encoder positional feed-back, in any event the electronic technology behind this is quite complex.
When Mach3 issues the instruction for a machine axis to move (the direction signal followed by the required number of step signals) it really has no idea if the instruction has been completed, it just assumes that it has, so it up to us (the operator) to create suitable GCode that is within the realms of our machines capability.
I could ramble on but this is perhaps enough for now.

Please, don’t even consider attempting to build a CNC controlled machine out of old CD drives. In my opinion, it would be just  about as successful as building a perpetual motion machine.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Problem engraving - depth changes
« on: April 26, 2013, 05:03:32 AM »
Hi Dminnery,

Not sure if this is any help because I am just stating the obvious which I am sure you are aware of already…

Perhaps you could first check your GCode file to see if it is calling for any changes in depth of cut (Z).

If the GCode is always calling for the same depth then you need to check your machine (loose coupling, tool moving in collet, electrical noise issues, etc.etc.).

If the GCode is calling for different depth’s then you need to read up on the Vectric manual / tutorial video’s etc. relating to different toolpath generation methods (engraving / profiling / v-carving etc.).

Tweakie.

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Feature Requests / Re: Print to Cut functionality & Mach3 on router
« on: April 24, 2013, 10:39:48 AM »
Thinking about this…

Provided the distortion (difference in printed image size) was linear then if the printed image contained 3 dots in a dimensionally known position (similar to the illustration) then the camera could be used to measure the actual distance between Datum and 1 to get the angle of rotation or skew and the Y axis scale factor and then between Datum and 2 to get the X axis scale factor (again compensating for skew). The calculations could all be done automatically in a script similar to the previously linked thread.

Tweakie.

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Hi Nick,

Welcome to the forum.

The first software that I started out with was G-Simple http://www.gsimple.eu/ it's pretty basic but it's free and may give you an initial start.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: The ultimate pendant?
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:07:08 AM »
Hi John,

What an interesting device, I have not seen this before – but… I can’t help thinking that just one sneeze during tool setting could spell disaster.  ;D

Tweakie.

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I don't know if it helps as it relates to WinXP but Optimization.txt is under the heading Documentation here http://www.machsupport.com/downloads.php

Tweakie.

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Hi Carl,

Those Chinese TB6560 boards have been shown to be problematic (search otherTB6560 threads).

If you want quality and reliability then choose something like the Gecko G540 http://www.geckodrive.com/geckodrive-step-motor-drives/g540.html (small price to pay compared to Aspire).

Tweakie.

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