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Newfangled Mill Wizard / Re: Rectangle Pocket & Mill Rectangle
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:50:30 AM »
Gave the Rectangle Gcode a try on the mill and the lead in & out starts outside of toolpath when trying to do an inside cut.


Newfangled Mill Wizard / Re: Rectangle Pocket & Mill Rectangle
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:30:16 AM »
If i increase the width of pocket, then lead in and out appear inside of toolpath. Attached is job file. Ill give it a run on the mill and see what happens.


Newfangled Mill Wizard / Rectangle Pocket & Mill Rectangle
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:07:19 AM »
Hello Ron,
 I tried doing a Rectangle Pocket .......
2.5" long by .5" wide using a .375" tool, but i got a pop up window while in the Pocket config window that states "Width must be larger than tool times 2."

So i tried a Mill Rectangle and the tool path shows lead in and out going beyond the width of rectangle.Look at screen shot.

Is this on the list or?


Newfangled Mill Wizard / Re: Addition to wizards
« on: August 27, 2013, 06:43:05 PM »
Sounds good. This will come in handy for making bolt heads and such.

O ya.... northern winters.... don't miss them at all. ;)

Thanks again,

Newfangled Mill Wizard / Addition to wizards
« on: August 27, 2013, 12:09:57 PM »
Hello Ron,
 Wondering if a simple Hex operation can be added to the NMW? With option of hex size to be taking from points or flats.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach4 Wizard screen shot
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:02:37 PM »
That looks really clean Brian. I like ...."I am thinking about making a modual for LUA to help with making wizards so everyone will not need to know how to program LUA.. " ;)
Thanks again Brian,

Actually i was thinking about your issue. Could a Brain be used to watch your manual spindle switch and send commands to GS2 accordingly?
Mach3 executes a M03(CW) S500.
User turns Spindle switch from CNC controled position to OFF, changing state of GS2 to stop.
User then turns Spindle Switch to CCW, sending the command to GS2.
Dont really know, just throwing some ideas. :)


I have the P1.00 set to Ramp to Stop but i dont think this applies when drive is issued a External Fault. The book says for an External Fault that it will coast to a stop.
Yes, fault takes priority thats why i had to change P3.02 to 01(NormallyClosed).

I was thumbing thru the manual in the DirectLOGIC Modbus Ladder Programming area. I dont know how to do this but it resembled Machs Brains. Could this be used with the Compare and Switch option of Mach's Brains somehow??


Hi Brett,
 I have been messing around with the digital inputs of GS2 after talking with you and think i have a work around for me. I set P3.02 to 01 (External Fault) and P3.03 to 02 (External Reset). Which corresponds to Digital Inputs 3 and 4
Both Digital Inputs are wired to one simple on off switch. When switch is off the GS2 sees a External Fault and coasts to a stop. When i flip switch on, External Fault is gone on DI3, and DI4 clears the GS2 fault allowing spindle to run again.

Question, do you know if this is safe for the drive? Having both Digital Inputs wired to same On/Off switch?

Thanks again,

Hi Brett,
 Wow. That sounds like a big help.  :o I got plans to eventually add some manual button control of spindle and others, but i need to finish an interface board to straighten up some wiring and open up more I/0s. So ya, this would be a big ;)

 It doesn't bother me to much that i cant toggle spindle on and off during Gcode run, but iam getting ready to show my brother ("ol" manual machinist) how to use my CNC mill and want it to be as safe and simple as i can make it for him.

One thing I noticed when running a Gcode that executes a M01, is i can then shut off spindle and turn it back on again. But i cant toggle it any other time while in a Gcode run.

Anyhow thanks again,

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