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I've tried every way I can think of with no luck. I can get it to work on the five small ribs but the larger three are missing many lines and some are absent completely. Even tried opening it in cad and exporting it to a single layer but that doesn't change a thing for me. Hope we can get this figured out.

Thanks da21! When I get home I'll post both up for you to look at.

LazyCam (Beta) / Anyone using Profili Pro?....have a loading prob.
« on: June 19, 2008, 09:26:53 AM »
I've just started using Profili Pro to make wing ribs. It's a great program but I can't seam to get the dxf files to load correctly into Mach3. The drawing looks correct in Lcam (licensed), but when I load it into Mach3 it looses a bunch of the outside chains. I think its an export setting that's causing me the trouble. Just wandered if any one else was using Profili with good results and what procedure they use. I even tried opening the dxf in cad and then exporting it again from there with the same results. Could be a layer issue...not sure.


I just watched the first training vid on brains and wrote a brain to control my chip vac. ,delay and all! Tested it in the diagnostic screen and it even works! Mach 3 ROCKS!

The Macro wasn't so easy ;D Still lost on that one.

Thanks Pappabear.
I figured it could be done just didn't know how. Electrical power in my garage is marginal at best, so I would like there to be a delay between the spindle starting and the vac. starting to reduce the start up load on my weak electrical supply. (but yes, vac on whenever spindle is running). This is the reason for not running both from one relay. In the portion of my knowledge of brains, macro's, VB etc. there exists a vast and baron space ( I don't know diddly about em) ???

I haven't messed with brains or macro's any but I'll try to research them.

Thanks again!

1. I want to control my spindle and dust collector with relays. The spindle I've got figured out but the other outputs I have a question about. Will Mach control the collector (coolant) automatically or will I have to edit the code each time I load a new part with the M8 line? I found the tick box for stopping all outputs but couldn't figure out how to get auto start of coolant. I did notice when watching the diagnostics screen that if I used an M7 command there was quite a delay before the led started flashing. If I used M8 the led flashed instantly at that line of code (both are set with zero delay).

2. Can mach be configured to ref. all home at the end of the code? I've tried editting the code but can't seen to get it to work. I would like for this function to be automated if possible as well.

Thanks for the input

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Offset
« on: May 12, 2008, 09:39:57 PM »
Thanks Smooth. Great info. One of my biggest frustrations was that I had renumbered my tools. Changed them all back to tool # 0 and got rid of the tool change command in the code.

If I did indeed want to use more than one tool on a part, how do you get mach to continue after the tool change? I tried every thing I could think of and no luck.

Thanks for your help guys! I'll be making parts before long. I need to get this figured out so I can cut a mount for my vac hose. I'm tired of holding it and following the tool around the table drilling holes.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Tool Offset
« on: May 12, 2008, 11:40:07 AM »
Thanks jimpinder for the response! I did have the tool info in the tool table in Mach. I think thats why the outside measurement was correct. I upgraded to Lcam Pro so now I can do offsets to compensate for the inner distances. I need to put some scrap in the machine and just make a few cuts and play with it a bit. I have a LOT to learn. I have another issue with Lcam that I'll post in that forum. Thanks again!


General Mach Discussion / Tool Offset
« on: May 09, 2008, 09:05:45 AM »
I tried to cut my first part last night and found that the center of the tool is actually following the line of a circle inside another chain. The outside chain seems to be correct but the inside chain (circle) is too big (the diameter of the tool too big - 1/4"). It doesn't matter if you leave the circle as an outside chain or re layer it to an inside chain in Lcam, it still runs the same path. Shouldn't the tool diameter in Lcam compensate for this when posting the code? Is the Pro version of Lcam the only way to correct this problem by using offsets?

If Lcam asks for tool diameter in the layers tab, is it still necessary to select the same tool in the Mach tool window? I tried it both ways and got the same results.

I'm also getting a tool change command in my G code and I can't remember how I got around this. I'm sure I'm doing something out of order in Lcam but can't figure out what it is.

Thanks for your help.

General Mach Discussion / Re: limit on g code of 49 lines?
« on: April 10, 2008, 09:34:35 AM »
Thanks scottn. Just wanted to make sure there wasn't something else wrong. License it is then. 8)


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