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Why dont you use the manual gas console? We are OEM partners with Hypertherm and we fit the HPR260 to our machines. The Automatic console is quite more expensive than the manual console. The manual console is very easy to operate and implement. Just a note, if you plan on fitting a HPR260 to mach3 you might run into some problems you want to know about.


Found the problem. I had to do a binary edit on the .rc file to get rid of the "Proto".  My setup is a bit of a mess, and I had to include the full path declaration on some of the header includes. Everything's working as well as from Mach3.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Plasma Grounding Help
« on: April 22, 2008, 06:33:10 PM »
The Powermax range machines do not employ HV HF to initiate the arc. It uses a plunger style arc lifting mechanism in the torch. It is very well suited for PC based systems. I am a OEM business partner with Hypertherm and we fit these machines to CNC flatbeds all the time.

Things to do to try and kill the HF on your current system.

1.) Use a star configuration to ground the cutting table, plasma POSITIVE (Work lead), and the rails and your gantry.
2.) Keep cables away from torch and ground leads where possible.
3.) Fit a braided screen over the machine torch leads all the way and ground it on one side only.
4.) Use twisted pair shielded cables for your interface and limit switches and ground the shield on one side only, preferably on the PC side.
5.) Use common ground for all grounding, and the earth spike is not so efficient, that we've found through experience since 1984 in the industry.
6.) Check inside your plasma power pack. If the HF generator has open electrodes with a spark gap, adjust the gap as small as possible without loosing arc initiation.
7.) Most important, check your factory/home ground. Bad ground connections can even call ET! Beware!
8.) Keep in mind the Faraday cage.
9.) Best, chuck the yellow and fit a Powermax.


Hi James, I sent you a PM.


Hi James,

Yes, I followed the steps as per the tutorial doc. The zip file as it is now is quite large, (12mb) because it includes the pre-compiled header file. Do you want me to post it anyway? I checked the resource file and the ID is included. It could be the way my VS is setup, as I'm busy with a data layer translater app. at the moment.

Best regards,
William (Whacko)

Hi James, I'm using the version you posted with the "b" postfix, it is the revised one. Builds are error free and warning free, with no forced message/error suppresion.The error is triggered when I load mach3.exe from the desktop shortcut after the plugin dll has been compiled and copied to the plugins folder of Mach3. The "Found Mach window" is the message just b4 the error in DBview. The ID address is in hex, so I will have to check which one it is, I didn't have time to check it. Thanks for the reply.


Anyone have had a debug assertion failed with James's Tut plugin? Debug view error 2392 "Cannot find dialog template with IDD 0x07D0".

Whacko ???

General Mach Discussion / Re: big problem mach3 cnc
« on: April 15, 2008, 03:38:13 PM »
Could it be that your accel parameter is too steep? If this parameter is not set correctly, the armature cannot spin up fast enough and will end up just buzzing with no rotational movement.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Needed, Good wireing diagram program
« on: April 03, 2008, 05:09:40 PM »
Imsi TurboCad. It has plenty libraries for wiring diagrams with some samples for ideas, and the deluxe version I think is about a 100 bucks. I use it for wiring diagrams and Mechanical drawings for the machine shop. You can do 3d on it too with raster support and walkthrough, in fact I rate it better than Autocad (not slamming ACAD). The current version is 15 I think.
The link is http://www.turbocad.com


General Mach Discussion / Re: I want to be clever !
« on: March 26, 2008, 02:56:01 PM »
Could it be Obama and McCain at election day??


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