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General Mach Discussion / Re: What causes lost steps?
« on: August 10, 2006, 10:59:22 PM »
Hi, stitchlips

In your last par. you stated that switching X and Y it changed to the other axis, check your wiring back to the stepper box, a Unipolar control with 2 wires swapped will move 3 step's gitter then move 3 more step's gitter in both directions.

Also for lose / bad connection's.

Depending on your stepper box reaction time you may need to increase the Step Pulse and Dir Pulse from 0 to 4 or 5 under Config/Motor Tuning and Step, this can cause the same sort of action but usely will effect all axis's if the same type.

Glad to see you got it fixed the above give's some other thing's that cause problems.

Hope this helps, Chip

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Changing Homing-Speed with VB
« on: August 10, 2006, 12:26:22 AM »
Hi, Cuemaker

If your changing from DOS to Windows, You need Win 2000 or XP and a CPU speed of around 1000 MHz / 1 Ghz.

Hear is a link to one MFG http://www.eftechusa.com/prod03.htm this is a 12 Volt 4 axis board for 159.00 $.

There are many to chose from check Ebay.

You can use an A/B switch and 2 config files to run both machines.

There may be other's that can comment better than me on this, try a post under Mach Chat, Third party software and hardware support forums.

Hope this Helps, Chip

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Changing Homing-Speed with VB
« on: August 09, 2006, 03:48:31 PM »
Hi, Cuemaker

How many wires are there on the stepper motor's, if it's 5, 6 or 8 then there unipolar stepper's.

There are many ways to drive them, The NTE 2013 is a Darlington array chip, I guess there must be 2 of them to drive your stepper's which would require 12 output's from your computer, I don't believe that Mach 3 has a driver for that (I may be wrong about that though). Anyway if that is the case then it will up all your output's for your one printer port.

You can use 3 UCN5804B chips about 5.00-7.00 $ each or buy a 3 axis board for 100.00 - 150.00 $, This will put you into Step and Dir. Control, 6 output's used. some of those board's will allow other features such as Input's and output's.

Hope this helps Chip

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Changing Homing-Speed with VB
« on: August 08, 2006, 01:14:07 PM »
Hi, Cuemaker

Can you post the Part #'s for the chip's used on your circuit board and Pin info hear also.

Thank's Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: Improved tool path display ( see video)
« on: August 06, 2006, 06:58:57 PM »
Hi, zealouse

There is a bug in .071 Art seed he found the problem and it will be fixed in next Release.


Hi, Eigene

Try (your comment) on it's one line or end of Gcode line, g01 x1y2(comment)


LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Lazycam running in ''background''
« on: August 04, 2006, 05:47:28 PM »
Hi, Alex

Have you try-ed running it from the window's Explorer, to just run LC.

What are the spec's on your computer.

It will run on it's own.

Have you been able to use it at all.


LazyCam (Beta) / Re: lazycam
« on: August 04, 2006, 05:10:32 PM »
Hi, Brian and All

Hear's the DXF for my prev. post test55Dotpolyline.DXF.

The second one is Test55Dot. DXF  is there a way to have LC sort with a close enough feature to consider the lines and arcs as one group  without

joineing them. I think there start and stops are the same.

Thank's Chip

LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Info on intro to Lazycam?
« on: August 01, 2006, 10:42:45 PM »
Hi, Looker1

There was some talk about one some time back haven't seen it show up.

Just jump-in get your feet wet, it's not to bad, ask questions.

I am using Turbocad seems to work good for me.

It work's better if you use Mach3 default location (some posting and file errors if in a different location).

Hope this helps Chip

LazyCam (Beta) / Re: lazycam
« on: July 30, 2006, 12:17:02 PM »
Hi, Brian

Any chance on fixing the dot/plasma post problem, my last post hear.

Thank's Chip