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Messages - Tony Bullard

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Backing off homing switches
« on: November 17, 2013, 03:42:34 PM »
Another way to deal with crappy limit switches is to increase your debounce time in General Config to maybe 500 units at 40 microseconds per unit equaling a .02 seconds delay. That may be just enough time (distance) to clear the switch. If your slow speed zone speed was 25"/min you would be .008" off the switch.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Some Mach4 info
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:20:53 PM »

Thanks for sharing Hood. I’m chomping at the bit waiting. Coming soon to a computer near you. LOL

General Mach Discussion / Re: Need help setting up Mach 3 for my table.
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:47:17 AM »
The floating head establishes a reference between the work surface and the torch face so you'll know the torch is at the right height for firing. The Z slide drives the torch and floating head down. When the torch contacts the work and the slide is still going down the floating head "floats" up on its ways until a switch is made between the float slide and the Z slide.The switch operation stops the Z movement and establishes a position for the height controller to work with. Somewhere on you head you should find a switch or sensor with wires going back to the controller. Different controllers use different algorithms to set the torch height. Some of the blanks the user may have to fill in are the firing distance between the torch and the work and how far the floating head "floats" before the switch is made.


General Mach Discussion / Re: mack3 licence ?
« on: September 23, 2013, 09:34:11 AM »
Tom is your "Mach1Lic.dat" in your Mach3 folder where "Mach3.exe" is?

Thanks Tweakie,

When I remove my Mach1Lic.dat from Mach3 and run jmueller.XML all I get is "Mach3 CNC Demo" in the title bar. Wouldn't you have to have his Mach1Lic.dat to know if it was pirated? Somehow I thought you read his XML to conclude his was pirated.

His lastUser = MaoA˜A  ¯Ðtonar . I'm guessing that was read from his license.

I don't need to know any more I was just curious.


You might try this code.

      'get first fixture number
FirstFixture= GetOemDRO(46)

      'Set the next fixture you want
Code"G54" 'or whatever

      'Do some code

     'Return to the first fixture    
Code"G59P"& FirstFixture

Hi Jerry,

It is a bit cheeky coming here and asking for assistance when you are clearly using a Pirate Licence.  >:D

None of us here condone the use of pirated software in any form so my best advice is to purchase the Mach3 license http://www.machsupport.com/purchase.php before continuing.  ;)

Hi Tweakie,

What do you look for in the XLM to indicate it is a Pirate Licence? Just curious. Last User?
Thanks Tony

Chris, you can check squareness approximately with a tape measure. With some kind of scribe, drill or marker in the spindle have the machine layout three holes at x1 y1, x59 y1 and x1 y119. The centers of those three marks should measure 58 x 118 x 131.484. Use A² + B² = C². C should = √ A² + B² Adjust your X and A relationship to get C where it should be.

Lets say C was 131. B should be √ 131² - 58² = 117.460. 118 – 117.460 = .540. You’d have to move A - .540 in relation to Y

General Mach Discussion / Re: Vital Reboot/Blue screen of death
« on: April 14, 2013, 04:08:11 PM »
Thanks Hood. The clean install of XP did the trick.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Vital Reboot/Blue screen of death
« on: April 10, 2013, 04:06:00 PM »
It's an old hand-me-down with some pretty good specs. I've been weeding hundreds of junk programs out of it and may have deleted some system files. I guess I'll format the hard drive and start over with either XP or W2000. Mach runs really nicely on W2000. I won't need much else on the machine. Thanks for the help.


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