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VB and the development of wizards / Re: VB macro help (non cnc)
« on: September 02, 2008, 08:29:22 PM »
Internet Explorer. I did find a download for a macro plug in for IE that I think will do what we want. Any other easy fixes? Thanks for the reply!

VB and the development of wizards / VB macro help (non cnc)
« on: September 02, 2008, 12:24:11 PM »
Don't know if this is appropriate or not, but when asked by a friend about a macro I immediately thought of this forum. Can someone help me write a macro or point me in the direction of info about a macro that could be used to fill in a form with predetermined text? Controlled by a key such as a function key. F5 for example. I don't know much about VB but some direction would be appreciated. Thanks!

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Depth Stop
« on: June 27, 2008, 02:32:04 PM »
Good idea. I can turn some at work from aluminum, nice snug fit and glue em on.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Depth Stop
« on: June 25, 2008, 08:04:39 PM »
Thanks for the input and ideas. I seen bits on flea bay that had collars on them and it looked like a great idea. Several of my bits are solid carbide as well. Don't know how solder would take to those??

General Mach Discussion / Tool Depth Stop
« on: June 25, 2008, 03:53:02 PM »
Would using something like a set screw lock collar on the tool shank for a depth stop (in router collet) be begging for a trip to the ER? It would be great if I could set tool length offsets and not have to re zero Z every time a tool is changed. A little red loctite would probable keep the screw from coming out but I didn't know about the balance issue. Then again a tiny set screw turning at 30,000 RPM could easily become a projectile if it ever came out. Is there a cheap alternative or something similar that would work and be safe?



General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Changes and hair loss!
« on: June 24, 2008, 10:16:52 PM »
Wait........ as a simple test, do this please. Go to MDI and type in
M6 T1  then M6 T2 and see what it does. Jum from MDI page to run page after each and see if tool number dro is changeing. Also press cycle start when there. Should see pree cycle start after tool change in the status line from MDI page if it is waiting on you.


That worked. Now what does that tell us?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Changes and hair loss!
« on: June 24, 2008, 10:14:17 PM »
Yes, I'm getting the M6 command from Lcam generated code.

I'll try to post what you asked for. (I'm a total VB moron)

M6 start macro is

tool = GetSelectedTool()
  SetCurrentTool( tool )

end is

 x = GetToolChangeStart( 0 )
y = GetToolChangeStart( 1 )
z = GetToolChangeStart( 2 )
a = GetToolChangeStart( 3 )
b = GetToolChangeStart( 4 )
c = GetToolChangeStart( 5 )
SafeZ = GetSafeZ()
if  SafeZ  > z then StraightTraverse x, y,SafeZ, a, b, c
 StraightFeed  x, y,  z  , a, b, c

General Mach Discussion / Tool Changes and hair loss!
« on: June 24, 2008, 09:07:51 PM »
First off, I apologise if this has been asked 100 times before but I couldn't find it by searching, or reading the manual.

I'm trying to figure out how to get Mach to restart after changing tools. After reading the manual I've noticed the following things:

1. Code jumps right to the M6 line in the code (from Lcam) (first tool is not 0)

2. Tool change LED does not flash as described

3. machine does not go to safe Z (I think I have this set up correctly)

4. entering a new tool in the T DRO, hitting enter and cycle start does nothing.  (have stop spindle and wait for start checked in config.)

5. "Nested comment in line "X" always appears in the message center when cycle start is clicked.

This is causing me GREAT grief! I'm doing something wrong but don't know what. Any help is appreciated!


Nope. I've only been using Mach and Lcam for a couple of months so I haven't even updated yet. I guess I'll go with it and see if it sticks.

Yes I have a licensed version but I checked as you described just for kicks and it was listed as a demo version. I had to reload my license file again and everything worked. For some reason I think I had to do this once before maybe it was with Lcam???? Ever heard of this?

It does work now though ;D

Thanks Chip

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