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General Mach Discussion / Re: HELP pleeeeeese Z axis problem !!!!
« on: August 07, 2007, 04:24:48 PM »
Hi, dougie329

A couple more things to try.

Some stepper controls are sensitive to leading and trailing edge pulses, set your z axis Dir., Step "LowActive" settings in config, Ports & pins, Motor Outputs

to the same as your X, Y. (It's a hardware change)

In Config, Home/Limits, You can change the Z direction if needed in Reversed coll-um for your axis.(It's a software change)

If that doesn't help in Config, Motor Tuning, Increase the Step, Dir Pulse's to 5. (This sends a longer pulse to your axis controls)

Hope this Helps, Chip

Hi, Tim

Hope the info. we discussed will get you going.

Let us now.

Thanks, Chip

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Newbie Can't Get Files into Mach
« on: August 06, 2007, 09:08:48 PM »

Post your DXF File.

Thanks, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: turn icon
« on: August 05, 2007, 09:44:09 PM »
Hi, Todd

As I posted, If your clicking on Turn Icon and your getting Mill, Change the Target in Lathe Icon Properties to below

C:\Mach3\Mach3.exe /p Mach3Turn

Thanks, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: homeing issues
« on: August 05, 2007, 01:14:15 PM »
Hi, Hungry

I had a similar problem with our Water-jet cutter, If I remember, It was in Config, Motor Home/soft limits, We had one of the axis Reversed checked.

Slaving didn't like this at All, Re-configured motors to not needing a Check mark's set in Reversed, All set to X.

Hope this Helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: estop and limit switches
« on: August 05, 2007, 12:04:50 PM »
Hi, Robert

Not sure about the no license ver. of Mach issue and how you have everything setup, Hear are the steps I'd take.

1. Disconnect the Z stepper at the drive coupling or run the Z down far enough that disconnecting the power will stop axis before a crash.

2. Mach only needs one input to provide homing/limits operation, Unless your doing something special, Connect NC switch's in Series to your input pin #.

3. In Config, Ports & Pins, Inputs, Set X,Y,Z Home to that Pin & Port #, Make sure the Emulated are set to X.

4. In Config, General Config, Set the De-Bounce Interval to 2000, "Helps Mach to have time to see the Switches state of change".

5. Test your Home Switch's by Manually Actuating them, While the Axis is Far Away from the the Home Switch.

Some have used .01 capacitors across the switch contact's, I've never had to do this.

Mach in Homing Mode knows which Axis is moving and stops it if any of the switch's open, In Limit's mode it stop's All Axis's.

Mach saves an XML file on shutdown, It's name is the same name as your startup configuration at startup typically "Mach3Mill.XML", It's located in your Mach3 Folder, After you get everything working save a copy somewhere else on your computer after shutdown of Mach.

Hope this Helps.

Thanks, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: turn icon
« on: August 04, 2007, 11:14:46 PM »
Hi, Todd

Right click on the Icon then select Property's.

Target should be, " C:\Mach3\Mach3.exe /p Mach3Turn ", If your using Std. Install Location.

Hope this Helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: Spindle relay
« on: August 02, 2007, 01:31:59 PM »

The easiest way to go is, Solid-State Relays , Most of then are 3-30 volt input (Opto-Isolated) and are available in many flavors.

Thanks, Chip

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: LCam & revolving line
« on: July 31, 2007, 06:58:46 PM »
Hi, Balsanu Gabi

Ii loaded your file its a 3D file, Make a simple 2D drawing and use LCam to set depth of cut and offset / pocket features.

It loads as is, Just takes a while and not usable, Its still crunching even though it says Not Responding, Most of the Time.

Thanks, Chip

LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Offset not working right, V2.02
« on: July 31, 2007, 04:08:45 PM »
Hi, Art & Brian

Just reloaded Collete Spanner without changing anything.

Used offset Inner draws a Circle on outside then offset outside and offsets inside as shown below.

Using .001 line tol., Have used the following settings, .0001, .00001 and .000001, thy don't seem to change anything hear.

The Clean function sometimes works, Sometimes Not.

The second picture loads and offsets properly, Except the Circle.

The Last Picture, .000001 dose brake down the Collete Spanner into Chains though. and clicking on the Lower Right. Arc High-Lites the upper Arc.

Just More Info, Chip