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General Mach Discussion / Re: newbie help
« on: February 21, 2008, 04:24:52 PM »
Hi, Rjgfly

Post a DXF file your having trouble with, Use the REPLY button and attach it with Attach option.

1. Mach3 is limited to 500 lines of G-code without a License, LazyCam license will allow offsets, pocketing and turn/lathe features.

2. Hard to say depends on the complexity of your drawings.

3. Post an example of your code.

4. Haven't a Clue on that one.

Thanks, Chip

LazyCam (Beta) / Re: LazyCam Pro question
« on: February 21, 2008, 02:47:03 PM »
Hi, Saumur

Lathe uses a Profile top half of your dxf drawing.

Hope this Helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: can not find driver test
« on: February 21, 2008, 11:43:40 AM »
Hi, Greg

You will find it in C:\Mach3\ folder, "Driver Test"


General Mach Discussion / Re: controller type for SolidCAM
« on: February 19, 2008, 01:58:52 PM »
Hi, Skipper

Yes, There called Post's, Mach3 uses Fanuc/Standard G-code as do many machine controller's, It may not support special G/M-code's though.   

Fanuc Post may get you going, Post some G-code with it and do some air cuts, But most Cad/Cam Mfgr.'s have a Mach3 Post these day's.

If it won't load in Mach3, In the G-code window it will stop on the White line and at the bottom Status: Line and should show the problem.

Hope this Helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: How do I zero Machine Coords for "A-axis"?
« on: February 18, 2008, 12:40:16 AM »
Hi, Halk

You may need to ask Brian to put this on his List, As I sed, Just Confused Hear A Little.

I now this isn't what you want, Sounds like you want to start another cut on your A axis at the original G-code start point or something.

Maybe some Inc G91 for your A axis related moves is needed ?

Something like this.

G00 x0
g01 z -.25 f100
G01 x10 A720 f100
g00 z0
g00 x0

Just think about this today.

Thanks, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: problems with mach3-hardware
« on: February 14, 2008, 10:47:00 PM »
Hi, F_khalaj

Not an Expert myself, Hears some Info to digest:

Q 1. Mach3 is setup for two port's (printer) as shown in Config, Ports & Pins Port 1, 12 outs, 5 ins, Port 2 the same, Except you can change pin's 2-9 to ins  giving you 8 more inputs.

There was a little discussion about adding a PCI input/output card, Never was a consensus on which one to use, Thy wouldn't be used for driving any additional Axises though.

Then Brain's (Faster Responce to In-Outs came along , serial or TCIP Interface for PLC's and such.

Q 2.  Mach3 likes a clean windows install "dedicated system" to run the smoothest, Theres a Optimization File, Around hear some where. QuickTime and some other programs can cause some problems

Q 3. For the most part Mach3 relies on your Servos or stepper control to carry out it's instructions, I now of at least one board that tracks the differences between  Mach3 and position error/feedback from encoders with stepper or servo's

Q 4. G100 (EtherNet, SmouthStepper (USB), NcPodc (USB), Galil DMC Series (not sure PCI), Use dedicated on board CPU control's that Mach communicates/controls.

Hope this Helps, Chip

LazyTurn / Re: LazyTurn
« on: February 14, 2008, 03:56:10 PM »
Hi, Art

Data Exchange Format "yea right" Everyone made there own Format of it, Go Figure !!

The Leadtool.exe isen't happy, Must be missing some req. files.

Graham's original dxf loads with ether a untitled file name or leaves the previously loaded file name and shows a profile, w\missing arc's.

After loading in bob-cad and saving a new dxf, Shows file name and a profile, w\missing arc's.

Saving B-Cad dxf, After Chaining or Rev. Surface Normal, Then it's fixed.

Thanks, Chip

Edit: Graham, Yes those would be nice

LazyTurn / Re: LazyTurn
« on: February 14, 2008, 02:11:45 PM »
Hi, Art

I'm really really starting to like this program, Thanks !!

Nice things,

It doesn't seem to care whether the DXF is x,y or x,z. based or where it's drawn in the Cad Quadrant layout (adjust to 0,0 after loading)


I'd move the red & blue dia. markers to opposite side of the brown one.

Can't seem to find the Post Button though  { :<)

Thanks, Chip

LazyTurn / Re: LazyTurn
« on: February 14, 2008, 01:44:43 PM »
Hi, Graham

It's a serious man's game piece, I think

I loaded your dxf, Did a "Reverse Surface Normal" (BobCad ver. 22 Term), Guess it straightens out the arc's & lines some.

I have some drawings that load fine and some with the same problem.

Thanks, Chip

LazyTurn / Re: LazyTurn
« on: February 14, 2008, 12:51:07 PM »
Hi, Bigbigjimbo

Biggest problem was not starting with a clean drawing, There were 5 lights, hidden text and a extra layer.

Draw it in the upper left quadrant of your cad referencing the center of your profile on the X zero line.

The way it's drawn you need to adjust your left to right zero from 7.99 to 0, max dir from 10.5022 to something bigger than 1.2522 and reduce the stock

diameter some.

Hears your dxf and a before and after adjusting it.

Hope this Helps, Chip