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Mach4 Plugins / Re: Mach 4 wont recognise UC100 controller
« on: January 21, 2021, 05:56:31 PM »
Hi John,

I used the UC100 on my lathe when I converted to Mach4.
I'm sure you have already done all of this but just to make sure.
The uc100 plugin files (.sig and .m4pw) must be in the mach4hobby\plugins directory.
You must enable that plugin by Config->control select Plugins tab and then enable so the green check appears.
Then you can go to the Config->Plugins menu and configure the uc100.

Having said that I abandoned the uc100 because they had not done a thorough testing of the plugin on lathes and there were errors in certain operations.  I went with a pmdx411 and have been happy with its performance but it is limited in the number of inputs as is the uc100.  I still have a version 1 usb smoothstepper that runs a mill under mach3.  Have recently add another mill that runs mach4 with a Pokeys57cnc.  I and others have not been able to get the pokeys to run under usb but runs great over ethernet.  Haven't tested it on a lathe.


Mach SDK plugin questions and answers. / xbox360 OEM#1
« on: January 07, 2021, 04:40:28 PM »
Looking to lock/unlock Y axis movement.  OEM code 251 does that.  I have a button on the screen and it toggles the Y axis as expected.  However, it does not affect the xbox controller.  There is a OEM#1 and #2 available on Lee's setup but again the Controller overrides and moves the Y axis with the joystick.

Any way of (toggling)preventing the xbox controller from moving the Y axis?



As long as they're fixing screens how about having them add the 'Machine diagnostics' tab to the lathe set and fix the X axis DRO in the lathe set so that it is not read only and the 'help docs?' button always enabled.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How to display C axis in Lathe graphics?
« on: January 01, 2021, 11:15:38 AM »
I use the C axis for a few things, it would be nice to have but I can live without it.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: X Box here we come!
« on: December 24, 2020, 07:21:06 PM »
Brian,  Please check the latest release.  The joy sticks map both left and right the same as well as the JS up and down.  At least for me.  Also the descriptor strings for half of the choices are revered instead of reversed.
Oh, BTW, Merry Christmas!


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: X Box here we come!
« on: December 23, 2020, 01:56:31 PM »
One more item to consider.  If any of the controls are pressed when in the locked mode activate the rumble.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: X Box here we come!
« on: December 23, 2020, 10:41:35 AM »
I have used the left joy for x and y and right for z on my  mill.  I question whether holding down the right JS and moving it would jump back to continuous as you released it.  Would have to try and see how that worked. I would rather be in constant mode unless I held one of the triggers for continuous.  Just me.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: X Box here we come!
« on: December 23, 2020, 10:07:15 AM »
I guess it would be useful to have others weigh in.  In Lee's old Mach3 plugin it was always an issue whether you were in continuous or incremental mode if you used the same buttons/joystick.  The incremental is the most useful for me.  I will use it as is, nice piece of work.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: X Box here we come!
« on: December 23, 2020, 09:14:43 AM »
Easy and not complex....hmm.  Oh, that's easy (easy for me to say >:D)

I would envision adding 3 mode radio buttons to you key selection dialog, Continuous Jog, incremental Jog and Mouse Mode.
now each key has a table of 3 actions that can be stored depending on which radio button is active.  In your code when a key is active you check to see if mouse mode is active else if incremental else continuous. 

With regards to incremental jog, when a jog key is pressed a state is set and action taken until that key value goes back to 0 when the state is reset while set the action is not repeated.

Just a suggestion,


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: X Box here we come!
« on: December 22, 2020, 03:36:08 PM »
Had a few minutes to play around with this on my mill.  Super useful! Thank you!

ok, you asked.... and we will respond  ;)

Is there a way to toggle between step and continuous jogging with the joysticks?
Can you cycle through the jog increments?

What do the jog/MPG# and MPG# do?
The mouse control is cool but can you set it up so that if mouse is enabled the joysticks move the mouse and when not they have other function?