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General Mach Discussion / Re: Uses for Mach3
« on: March 04, 2006, 02:53:17 PM »
Bobcad, Mastercam etc are cad cam programs where you draw the part which generates the G code to go to the machine.
The next stage is a controller that reads the G code and moves the motors to do the shape.
Mach 3 is a controller.

Some controllers can also do simple tasks like pockets and bolt circles so you don't have to draw and code these.
This part of the operation is called conversational programming and Mach 3 can do this using the illl named wizards, which really ought to be called conversational.

So whilst Mach3 can generate and make simle parts all by itself it needs a CAD/CAM generated file to do more complex jobs.

Bobcad, Mastercam , on the other hand can't run a machine.

Hope this simplifies the operation.

John S.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Strange Things Occur
« on: February 20, 2006, 11:34:36 AM »
Have you ever worked on the busses?

Perhaps you are a bad conductor.

John S.

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: DMM Wizzard?
« on: February 19, 2006, 07:42:28 PM »
OKAY... If people speak up here and tell me that they will use it, I will write it for FREE!!! I have been thinking that this would be  very cool thing to add to the NFS wizard set but you know that is going to be more work that I feel like at this time ;)

I feel like the guy in the dunk tank  ::)

Will it be crap?

John S.

General Mach Discussion / Re: CNC Dolphins
« on: February 01, 2006, 07:04:17 PM »
Partmaster will not work within Mach3 but as a stand alone package supplying the G code via it's post processor.
For a lot of simple parts you can use Brian Barkers new fangled solutions wizards inside Mach3 to get a seamless package.

When you say it lacks a user friendly interface that is because it has a default set of screens.
You can have any display you want if you use the screen designer and work on it.
Have a look at the thread on this group started by Benny of a coil winding machine, that's Mach3 under the lid.

John S.

General Mach Discussion / Re: No toolpath display after 1.90 installation
« on: February 01, 2006, 04:45:37 PM »
Black hole ??

John s.

General Mach Discussion / Re: CNC Dolphins
« on: February 01, 2006, 04:44:17 PM »
I use it all the while.
Just programmed a 7 tooth conveyor sprocket tonight and a curved stainless arkie type piece that the laser cutters did wrong and they are too expensive to scrap.
I have to pick the three curved slots up and machine them the right size.
The sprocket and the stainless slots are for tomorrow in the shop.

Willing to answer more questions if given an idea.

John S.

Mach Screens / Re: Changes to Mach appearance features.
« on: January 29, 2006, 06:58:18 AM »
What about keyboard or touch screen operation?

We really need to address getting rid of the mouse in the shop.
Mach4 is aimed at commercial users which is where the money is. Commercial users will not accept a mouse in a production enviroment.

John S.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Semi ridgid Tapping Wizzard
« on: January 08, 2006, 03:42:21 PM »
How about just doing a couple of tree's then the wizard? :P

John S.

PS> It'll probably be crap anyway :'(

General Mach Discussion / Re: Hotkey Keystrokes?
« on: January 06, 2006, 09:48:45 AM »
High light the box needed like Z++ then whilst highlighted hit Page up and it will insert the number 33.

If the number 33 is alreday there then iy will use page up [ no shift]

Many of the questions you are asking are basic and you really do need to sitdown and read the manual.
It's a good manual and that's what it's there for.

John S.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 Emblem
« on: December 17, 2005, 02:54:45 PM »
Art's head ?????

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