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General Mach Discussion / Re: Goofy forum layout
« on: March 31, 2019, 01:55:14 AM »
i can certainly live with the new forum style and changes, but what troubles me is watching the video they feature at the top.  my eye says the material they are milling at the start is aluminum.  after a long wait I am still hoping to retro my knee mill with mach, but when I watch that video I cringe.  I could have machined that job at 3x, 4x or more feed and speed and doc from whats shown, and watching this job running so inefficiently makes me hesitiate on using mach.  I know its capable of more, ive seen it carve great 3d art in soft material, so the software and computer stuff seems capable.  I think if the folk are going to promote mach as a dependable capable system, they should analyze what they are showing, make it look like it can do serious cutting, and stop posting vids of tooling sticking out 8 times further than it needs to, and drilling with full jobber length drills that walk all over the place because there is no spot or center drill.  if youre showing off your new lathe conversion, theres no excuse for not having the tailstock in line with the chuck, or having your tooling .030 above or below centerline.  jmho, ymmv.  comments welcome.

I agree. The video certainly does not demonstrate good machining / engineering practice or show the potential capabilities of Mach4. I am sure it will be changed for something more suitable.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: New Forum!
« on: March 31, 2019, 01:42:53 AM »
FYI. The the artsoft and menu banner at the top of the page blocks some of the page on apple mobile devices. I had a heck of a time figuring out how to add a new topic by just randomly clicking the red squares at the top not know what each was.
Don

Hi Don,

Perhaps change your forum appearance back to the ‘SMF Default Theme’ as Brett has described here;

https://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php?topic=39758.msg266672#msg266672

Tweakie.

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*****VIDEOS***** / Re: Greeting from Tokyo Japan
« on: March 29, 2019, 11:22:36 AM »
Hi Yoshii,

As soon as I saw your perpetual motion machine I knew Poipoy would have something to do with it.

Thank you for sharing your work and also the wonderful Cherry Blossom video.

Tweakie.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: trouble getting torch to fire
« on: March 28, 2019, 02:20:24 AM »
So I  found a desk top that will work the only thing is it has a integrated video card instead of the non integrated one,  how much of a difference will that be, will that part alone cause an issue.

An integrated video can cause issues when running very long Gcode programs. These issues can usually be overcome by disabling the Toolpath Display but ideally, fitting a PCI graphics card with plenty of RAM is the way forward.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach4 Parallel Port Legacy Plugin
« on: March 27, 2019, 05:22:22 AM »
Why on earth would you want to run Mach4 off a parallel port? You could use that $25 toward a purchase of a Warp9 or other modern controller?

In my case I have a system that runs perfectly on the parallel port. I would like to upgrade to Mach4 but I am not going to spend hundreds of dollars to rebuild my control panel for a software upgrade. The lack of parallel port support is the only reason i'm not running Mach4 right now.

Well said Steve - I totally agree.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: trouble getting torch to fire
« on: March 26, 2019, 02:23:13 AM »
There are a number of problems associated with using Mach3 and a Laptop / Parallel Port combination. This is the reason that NFS make the following recommendations for Mach3 use;

Requirements if using the parallel port for machine control:
Desktop PC with at least one parallel port
(Laptops are not supported)
32-bit version of Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7
(64-bit versions will not work)
1Ghz CPU
512MB RAM
Non-integrated Video Card with 32MB RAM
(Large G-code files, especially 3D files will require a video card with 512MB RAM or higher)

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Benvenuto Kristi.

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Pause is violent
« on: March 23, 2019, 11:22:55 AM »
You should use Feed Hold (OEM1001) then Stop (OEM1003) - it will take a little longer to stop but you will not loose steps.

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