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It all depends where the operator stands in relation to the machine as most post processors compile the Gcode with the X Axis 'side to side' and the Y Axis 'front to back' (in relation to the operator).

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Mach3 under Vista / Re: Requesting help on emergency Mach 3 install
« on: November 20, 2019, 10:15:06 AM »
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Are there any resources/tutorials for this procedure on the Gerber Sabre 408?

I am sure someone will have converted the Sabre 408 to operate from Mach3 or Mach4 but I am not aware of any tutorial on this or any other website. Perhaps other members here may have some information that may be of assistance.

If you check-out the Gecko website it has much product and application information which may give you an insight into what is required.
https://www.geckodrive.com/products

In my opinion...
The process of converting the control system of an existing machine requires quite some technical knowledge and it is not something that could easily be completed within a tight schedule. There are businesses which will undertake the conversion for you, it will not be cheap, but perhaps that is the way forward.

Tweakie.

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Mach3 under Vista / Re: Requesting help on emergency Mach 3 install
« on: November 20, 2019, 01:43:00 AM »
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Can the mach 3 be run on the Gerber Sabre, as is, without any new hardware installations?

Hi ValleySigns,

Unfortunately NO.

Just looking at your attached diagrams your machine control is serial and although some 25 way Cannon sub D connectors are used that is just coincidental - they cannot be used to connect your machine to a PC's LPT Parallel Port.

If you were going to make any change from your existing Gerber system then forget Mach3 and go to Mach4. You would definitely need a new servo orientated controller and many other new parts to make the conversion.

Tweakie.

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Tangent Corner / Re: It's a Dog thing.
« on: November 19, 2019, 08:04:38 AM »
 :)

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Switching from Mach3 to Mach4
« on: November 18, 2019, 03:01:40 AM »
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On one of your posting a while back you said something to the effect “laser cutting and laser raster engraving should be dedication difference machines”

Hi Chuck,

I don't recall posting that (after all I use the same machine for both purposes) but the machine set-up for each process may be a lot different and having a dedicated machine for each task would be nice.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Switching from Mach3 to Mach4
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:16:38 AM »
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Fast forward 18 months——, any new thoughts on switching from Mach3 to Mach4?

A very good question Chuck  ;)

When transitioning from Mach3 to Mach4 we would be aware that they are two very different products (apples and oranges come to mind) but we would constantly be making comparisons between the two for ease of use, results produced, etc.

With this in mind I have found one major consideration…

The required motion controller should be chosen carefully and dependant on what your machine is to be used for.

One particular motion controller may be better at Plasma, another at Turn, another at Laser, etc. and in my case, having a multi-purpose machine, I now have five different motion controllers – each excel at a particular task.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Licence
« on: November 16, 2019, 03:34:13 AM »
Hi James,

Your general Mach3 settings are stored in a <your profile>.xml file.

When things go wrong with Mach3 there is generally no need to re-install everything because you will almost certainly have your last known good settings stored as a file in your xmlbackups folder. Restoring can be done manually by renaming and copying/pasting the appropriate .xml file but within Mach3 the Operator / Restore Settings tabs can do it for you (with onscreen instructions).

Hope this helps you at some time in the future.

Tweakie.

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Hi Isabella85,

Where are you finding the MacOS binary file to which you refer ?

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Licence
« on: November 16, 2019, 01:45:41 AM »
Hi James,

I am pleased you have it sorted.

(I have quite a few different software licenses and I keep secure copies in a folder which is duplicated and synced in a number of different places within my network - and in an emergency I still can't find the license I need  :'( )

Tweakie.

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