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General Mach Discussion / Re: Spindle Control
« on: October 19, 2008, 06:20:34 PM »
Hi, Adam

What pins are assigned to your spindle step & direction,  Dock's seem a little Fuzzy, 14, 8 or 14, 16, Pin 8 seems to be A axis step

I'm sure theres someone out there to clarify this, Have you tried changing the Low Actives for the Spindle.

Also check your step/dir Pulse setting in Motor Tuning is set to 1 to 5 as noted.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Spindle Control
« on: October 19, 2008, 04:12:22 PM »
Hi, Adam

In Config, Spindle Pulleys, Do you have a Max Speed set.

Now you've got me confused, Is it Step/Dir or PWM ?


General Mach Discussion / Re: Abnormal Condition warning
« on: October 18, 2008, 10:36:42 PM »
Hi, Sage,  Rich,  Mark & All

As Mark stated it, It will work fine.

But it won't allow you to use G90, G91.1 or G9...'s on the same line in the Initialization String, only re-sets the G91.1.

Not trying to complicated setting in Mach3 for New User's Hear,!!!

Hears a Macro to use in the Ini-String Line, I think it will Re-Set Most Situations that we can get into with G-code.

' ( M1111.M1S Macro )
' ( Needs to be installed in C:\Mach3\Macros\Mach3Mill Folder)
' ( Basic Default Location or as needed )
' ( Change it as your need )
' ( For MM Units Replace G20 with G21 )
' ( For CV Mode Replace G61 with G64 )

Code "G17" '            Set X,Y Plane
Code "G20" '            Set INCH Units Mode, MM "G21"
Code "G40" '            Cancle Cutter Radius Comp. 
Code "G49" '            Cancle Tool Length Offset
Code "G50" '            Re-Set All Scale Factors To 1.0
Code "G61" '            Set Exact Stop Mode, CV "G64"
Code "G69" '            Cancel G68 Rotate Coordinate System
Code "G80" '            Cancle Canned Cycle Mode
Code "G90" '            Set ABS Mode
Code "G91.1" '          Set IJ's INC Mode
Code "G94" '            Set Feed Per Minute Mode

Code "G52 x0 y0 z0" '   Re-Set Temp Offset Mode

Code "F10" '            Set Default F Speed To 10

Code "M30" '            Program End and Rewind G-Code

Just a Beginner, Compared to So-So Many Great People Hear.


Edit: Changed the Execution Order a bit, Tested it some more, Using ver 3.042.015,  Let Me Know what you find.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Abnormal Condition warning
« on: October 18, 2008, 12:22:08 PM »
Hi, Sage

Things can be aggravating at times,  Looking at your G-code, If you Stop part way through the code you can get stuck in G91 Inc Mode, Giving Errors when re-starting or re-loading the Same G-code.

Try adding this code in the top of your G-code.

(Program to make Howell Lifter Bushings - Sheet25)
(Climb Milling)
(#14 Drill to suit 3/16 reamer)
(Mill with 1/8 4 flute center cutting mill)

(Resets Mach3 to a Default Mode)
G80   ; Pre-Amb Code Set Cancel Can-Cyc Mode
G20   ; Pre-Amb Code Set INCH Unit Mode
G90   ; Pre-Amb Code Set ABS Mode
G91.1 ; Pre-Amb Code Set IJ Inc Mode

(#14 Pre-drill for Reamer)
M5 M9
G0  Z0.1000


General Mach Discussion / Re: Abnormal Condition warning
« on: October 18, 2008, 12:42:44 AM »
Hi, Sage

If your IJ's Mode isn't configured properly, You will get this type of error.

People and Programed G-Code  leave Mach in the last state Run.

Preambles need to be put in the top of your code to set Mach to interpret/read the code.

Do some reading on G90, G91, G90.1 and G91.1, These are some of the settings used to set Mach in a correct State.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Abnormal Condition warning
« on: October 17, 2008, 09:25:00 PM »
Hi, Rich

The Abnormal Condition Button was added over a year ago,  Mach3 R1.90.091

would be nice to have a complete list of what sets it off.

You could add the Button to the lathe .Lset screen set with Screen4.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Abnormal Condition warning
« on: October 17, 2008, 06:28:53 PM »
Hi, Rich

Art posted this, Not sure if theres a complete list anywhere.

Also, two new features are added. The Diags screen shows a mathmatical
formula of your work coordinates showing how your end coordinate is being
derived, Work Offsets, tool offsets anf G91 offsets are all shown in a talley
baord to show what offsets are in effect.

A new condition monitor has been placed on the main screen. It will not
activate any monitoring until set.

To set your "abnormal condition" monitor. You need to have your machine in the
state you consider most normal. This is in terms of the status of various things
like "are the axis homed?", "Is the unit OffLine or online?", "is it set to mm's
or inches?"," Is IJ Mode incremntal or abs"...etc..

In other words have your machine in the condition you consider to be
"Normal". Then, double click the "Condition" monitoring Icon on the main
screen. Your system from this point forward will flash "Abnormal" if certain
things are changed. Lets say you set the monitor when you were in mm's. If yu
now execute a G20, or switch to Inch mode in any way, the abnormal light will
begin to blink.

Abnormal does not mean you have a problem. It is just a way to see, at a
glance, that your machine is not in a state that you normally use. Its a visual
warning that you maybe should reset whatever is different when this job is done
so next time you use it you dont get surprised with starting a job in mm's, when
your used to inches because the last job changed it on you. To find out
specifically whats changed, just click once on the "Condition" Icon. A tip box
will come on for 3 seconds to tell you whats different..

Remember, an "Abnormal Condition " alert does NOT mean your broke or have
anything to fix, its just telling you that something important to you may have
changed. To shut off the current warning, just double click it and reset it to
believe that current conditions are "normal". Current "Normals" are saved in
the profile, so each profile can have a different meaning as to what it
considers Normal..

My thanks to John Prentice and Olivier for their work in both "Condition
Monitoring" and calculation formulas onscreen as telltales to the user. I have
shamelessly stolen both ideas, and implemented them in the core code as I think
they are excellent troubleshooting aids.... :-)
Thanks, Art


General Mach Discussion / Re: M-command speed and delays
« on: October 17, 2008, 04:01:33 PM »
Hi, Arto

As Hood suggested, Try Dev version 3.042.015,

It doesn't hang M3 and M5 for me as it did in previous versions.

Also turning off the Tool-Path View helps


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mouse movements change spindle speed
« on: October 16, 2008, 12:10:22 PM »
Hi, Wayne

Work through this document, "Win XP Optimization"

Implementing them one at a time, You may not need to do them all.


On my problem computer (non opto-ed), I'v found a large cut/view screen will stabilize the puls freq (lock it in), There was a problem with M3's and M5's hanging the G-code untill I installed later ver. Mach3 R3.042.013/.015.

Now it's stable and not hanging.

Hope this Helps, Chip

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mouse movements change spindle speed
« on: October 14, 2008, 12:21:09 AM »
Hi, Wayne

Have a computer with the same sorta issues, Is your Pulse  Frequency stable on the Diagnostics page. ?

If not that may be the issue, Optimization of windows may help.