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General Mach Discussion / Re: reveresing + & - in z
« on: January 18, 2008, 11:17:16 AM »
Hi, Greg

In home & Limits, Use the Reversed column, X or checked.

That will do It, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: threading on lathe
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:46:05 AM »
Hi, Sanlee

In LazyCam X and Y dxf profile in, Post's G-code X and Z format out, It's lazy.

And as Tony stated, To post Turn G-code you need the Pro Lic.

Thanks, Chip


General Mach Discussion / Re: Assigning output for dust skirt
« on: January 18, 2008, 09:33:05 AM »
Hi Cory

In Ports & Pins, Spindle Setup, M3 turns spindle ON, Output 2, You could use it to turn on both spindle & Dust Skirt, M5 at end of G-code will turn them off.

Then in Ports & Pins, Outputs, assign Output# 2,  Printer Port it's Port 1, Pin's 2-9, 1, 14, 16, 17 to standalone plc input.

For ModBus it's Port 0, then use Brains.

Look at modbus and braines section for examples.

Maybe a starting point, Not sure which way you want to go.

Hope this Helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: Motor tuning 4th axis
« on: January 18, 2008, 08:42:19 AM »
Hi, Danny

To setup 4th axis in deg. mode, Example: Stepper 200 steps X rot. table ratio 72 to 1 is 14400 steps for 1 full turn of table.

Then deg's 360\14400 = 40 steps per deg, Enter 40 in Steps Per.

Entering 360 in A axis G-code will give you 1 full turn.

Hope this helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: PCB Engraving
« on: January 18, 2008, 08:22:00 AM »
Hi, Sanlee

Hears a little info on LazyCam posts of gerber file's


Thanks, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: Stumping Motor Problem
« on: January 18, 2008, 07:59:20 AM »
Hi, Dwayne

Have you found the pop-out jog window, Hit the TAB Key. Arrow Key's will only work in Screen's with Jog ON/OFF Button in them.

In the TAB pop-out Jog window set the "Slow Jog Rate" to 100 % and "Jog Mode" to Cont.

Under "Operator" there's a Auto-Calculator feature you can turn on, There are So-Many Bell's & whistles, Ring-Rine-

Your version of Mach3 is under "Help", Click on "About".

In ports & pins, motor outputs, Are your Dir & Step Low Actives all the same. ? Thy should be ether all "X's" or "Checked".

Some cont. boards won't work in the wrong state, Some work in ether, Some better in one State.

If an Axis is Backwards, Use Homes & Limits, to reverse axis, "Reversed Coll-um"

Hope this Helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: Stumping Motor Problem
« on: January 17, 2008, 04:04:52 PM »
Hi, Dwayne

Could you give us a little more info, stepper or servo, ver. of Mach, computer basic spec. ?

Thanks, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: Stumping Motor Problem
« on: January 17, 2008, 02:00:38 PM »
Hi, Dwayne

Just a stab in the dark. Mach3 Startup "Feed-rate" is F6.0, If you've done all your tuning at this feed speed with your Arrow keys.

When you run Roadrunner file, It's F-speed is F60.0, Maybe causing your problem.

Re-Tune your drives with G00 moves on the MDI Screen, MDI Input line, Click on it and enter G00 X## example, Then Enter Key.

This will let you setup your Velosity & Acceleration for G00 Max Speed Moves Without stepper slips or servo trips.

Steps Per wont change if you've already set them up.

Give  US more infio if this isn't it.

Hope this Helps, Chip


LazyCam (Beta) / LazyCam Post
« on: January 14, 2008, 08:16:34 PM »
Hi, Brian

Can LC post Inc G-code for a Lathe Profile ?

Thanks, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: re: milling machine with servos
« on: January 14, 2008, 04:39:47 PM »
Hi, Dennis

Have you tried the Driver Test in Mach ?