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Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: Background Image
« on: October 19, 2010, 08:26:06 PM »
Thanks Klaus! It works now. Not sure what exactly fixed the problem but I put my bitmaps in the mach 3 mill bitmaps folder and deleted the user defined image path that I had in the setup screen. Thanks again!


Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: Background Image
« on: October 18, 2010, 08:46:26 PM »

Thanks for your quick response. A couple questions. What is the hidden element you are referring to? Does it matter where these images are stored ie do they need to be in the Mach 3 bitmap folder? I tried copying them to "my bitmap" folder that I put in the Mach 3's main folder and that didn't help either.

Attached is a very simple screen with only three DRO's and three image buttons. When I load this screen in Mach3 all I can see are the DRO's. No buttons.

I tried to swap the layers but with multiple items I'm not sure I am getting that done correctly.

By the way, thanks so much for all your work on this program, it looks wonderful. I'm sure it will prove to be great once I figure out what I'm doing!


Machscreen Screen Designer / Background Image
« on: October 17, 2010, 09:09:30 PM »
I can't seem to get my background image (or any image for that matter) to display when I load my screen into Mach3. Is there something I am missing? I've tried saving just an image and nothing else as my set file and still nothing. The only thing that shows are the background color and the items I have added in Machscreen. I am using 64 bit Win 7 if that makes any difference.

I can't seem to get screen 4 to work with this OS either. Should it?



LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Any Progress With Offsetting With Small Cutters?
« on: February 18, 2010, 08:49:01 AM »
Thanks Russ! That makes sense. Now the only bummer is that I have to double list every tool. One for metric and one for imperial units. To bad there isn't a tree in the tool table.

LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Any Progress With Offsetting With Small Cutters?
« on: February 17, 2010, 10:08:04 PM »
Be careful to NOT mix units.
If drawing units are metric, tool needs to be dimensioned accordingly.    .040" =1.0mm tool dia.
Works fine here with a 1, 2, 3, or 4 unit diameter tool.   .030" = .762mm

« Last Edit: February 17, 2010, 12:17:44 AM by Overloaded »

This might be my problem, but I thought LC looked at drawings as units of measurement, metric or imperial didn't matter? If you import a drawing that was done in metric do you use a tool from the menu in metric as well? eg If drawing was done in metric and you use a cutter with a dia. of 1mm you need to have tool dia. set at 1 and not .039"? If this is indeed true then this would explain why I don't see the offset line. It would be applying an offset of .039mm. Hope I conveyed that in a way you can understand it.

LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Any Progress With Offsetting With Small Cutters?
« on: February 16, 2010, 09:09:56 PM »
Please check my math. Tap files attached with and without offsets.


LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Any Progress With Offsetting With Small Cutters?
« on: February 16, 2010, 09:02:07 PM »
I just did two other drawings and I could see the offset line quite clearly. I'll have to check the code as you suggested and see if the offset was applied correctly. Seems weird that other drawings appear correctly.

LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Any Progress With Offsetting With Small Cutters?
« on: February 16, 2010, 08:49:44 PM »
I've messed with this again and I got it to work....I think. Attached a DXF I am having trouble with. Inside offsetting the slots using a .030 cutter. LC seems to do it but it puts the offset line on top of the original. Had it zoomed in really close but can't actually see the offset like usual. I will try it none the less and see how the part turns out unless someone can see something wrong here.

LazyCam (Beta) / Any Progress With Offsetting With Small Cutters?
« on: February 16, 2010, 02:05:16 PM »
I have been going smaller and smaller with my cutters to get good inside radius offsets. I know there was/is a problem with small cutters and creating offsets. Is there a fix for this? I read the post about using the scale in Mach as a work around but honestly I don't like adding things that I need to remember to do. I've gotten LC to offset with an .040 cutter in the past but now I can't seem to get it to work. Might be a problem with my drawing in this instance. I would really like to use .032 and .035 cutters if possible. any other ideas or solutions?

Can the scale be programmed into the code? This would not be my preferred method but might get me by.

I've also been researching other CAM options. This option is a last resort for me as this is not something I have a very large budget for at present but would like to upgrade in the coming months.


General Mach Discussion / Won't Home With Joystick Active
« on: October 10, 2009, 11:13:45 AM »
I've used Key Grabber to get my Logitech Freedom 2.4 wireless joystick to work just as I wanted but when I went to home the machine it moved each axis a small amount and zeroed the DRO's long before it hit the home switches. I haven't changed any configuration settings but I checked them to make sure. Everything seems to be right. I can restart mach3 without Key Grabber and it homes as it should. Run Mach through Key Grabber....Nada. Any ideas what could be happening?



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