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Since you have the stepper already on the spindle you might want to try using it as a rotary indexer(C Axis), and create a screen to do 'threading' that way.

12 tpi triplle start sqaure thread example.
g1 w-0.5000 h6703.4483 f42000.000

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Tool Table Numbering Approach
« on: August 08, 2018, 03:46:36 PM »
Hi Gary, thanks for that,

I have a stop on each tool and so have a repeatable tool length when inserted into a collet.


Mach4 General Discussion / Tool Table Numbering Approach
« on: August 07, 2018, 06:05:36 PM »
Looking for some advice on what approach to take for tool table numbering when you have a lot of drill bits and reamers.

I have several sets of drilling operations that require different sized drill bits, 135 deg and flat bottom, reamer and blind hole lap.

Since Mach4 has 99 tool entries (256?) what approach would you take to numbering each?

Would it be better to have a macro change the same 4 tools entries each time you run?

If you can have more than 99 tools and T1010 sets tool ten what is the syntax for tool 215?



Mach4 Videos / Re: ZeroBrane Tip - Custom AutoComplete
« on: August 04, 2018, 06:42:50 AM »
Thanks Daz, well done and very useful.


Not to change the flow of this thread but my lathe manual, which may be out of date, does not state that g94 or g95 are supported.  I haven't tried it with my motion controller and the simulator complains that g95 is an unknown gcode.  G96 (Constant surface speed) is supported.


Some are useful and operate correctly but some not:

https://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,27120.msg248884.html#msg248884  see post 313

https://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,27120.msg248869.html#msg248869  see post 309

On some of the wizards changes are not saved and reread on loading even though you save.

I haven't documented all of them.  Just started writing some of my own.

With regards to the m4 lathe wizards, there are several bugs. My understanding is that these were developed by Mach Motion and will not be updated.  Many work fine but use with caution.



Not many people are using M4 for lathe so little attention is paid to it.  Most motion controller vendors have tested their boards on mills with only a little time if any on lathe.  Only a few support threading at this time.

To my knowledge Acorn does not allow you to modify its screen/interface.  It is kinda like apple products, you get a solid platform but you can't change/access anything.



Mach4 General Discussion / Re: mcMasterModule question
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:54:15 PM »
Your SafeZ value is saved in the machine.ini file in your profile's directory.  If your search the file and don't find it then it has never been created.  You can also check by going to Configure->Plugins->Regfile and see it there, where you created it, or, 'Diagnostic->RegFile' and see it's current value if it exists.

Sorry, that's all got.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: mcMasterModule question
« on: June 29, 2018, 04:24:27 PM »
Your understanding is correct, but, try this:

wx.wxMessageBox(tostring(mcp)..' - '..tostring(mc))

Are the tables returned the same address?  If not then mcp cannot access the values in Mach4.