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General Mach Discussion / Re: My Two Cents
« on: December 24, 2005, 07:13:25 AM »
Hi Terry, yes my motors are wired into a very sturdy box with the Geckos, and I should soon have my breakout board with power supply after the holiday. I have been successful at configuring the drives and doing trial xyz movements. I did not, however, set up my limit switch as of yet.

General Mach Discussion / Re: My Two Cents
« on: December 22, 2005, 05:47:33 PM »
Heres my plan. I will only do 2d milling for now, until I learn more about this stuff. I want to be able to park my spindle at one place every time I want to go home. I want a safe Z when I move to home, to clear hold downs and anything that may be in the way. I want a place to start my milling that is suitable to my part shape. I have configured my motors and now I need to set my limit switches, but I can't do that until I get my breakout board and power supply. I have a K2cnc machine with a 14" x 25" work envelope, servo motors, Geko 201's, 1/2-10 lead screws. I will use a variable speed router for my spindle and be cutting mainly .125 - .250 Alum. and plastics. I have a ton of designs to mill, or should I say engrave. I will be using V Carve Wizard for my G code toolpath generator. So I guess that's it in a nutshell, what do you think?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards
« on: December 22, 2005, 05:33:04 PM »
OK,I did that but I still don't have the buttons machine co ordinates,and soft limits. I'd like to have those. I found the bitmaps folder but can't seem to do anything with them or the ones that come with screen builder. In your picture above there are arrows in the feed rate area and I think also in the box next to, but I don't have them either. I,d also like to have those buttons for the jog function, the axis letter triangles for + and - . The 1024.set gives me the same screen every time, the one I see with all the missing buttons. And, finally I have all the wizards now. Any directions will help.

General Mach Discussion / My Two Cents
« on: December 21, 2005, 05:43:07 PM »
Well, it seems I've jumped in to cnc with my eyes closed, I mean to say, I thought it would be fairly easy to set up a small commercial machine. How wrong I am. I seem to be needing an endless list of items, and I don't think I'm finished buying stuff. Nobody I've worked with, in shops that have cnc machines, ever mentioned anything about breakout boards, MPG's, ModBus (what is that) or that pump thing I keep seeing. So, I purchase Mach 2, then upgrade to Mach 3. I have a screen that doesn't have buttons for Machine Co-Ord's or any of the ones next to it, only the LED's. I get the screen builder and find an empty window with a dropdown box with buttons that show me stuff I can't seem to use. I've been through the PDF manual, and can't understand half of the information contained therein. Oh My God, what have I gotten myself into this time!!!! I'm sorry for this rant but I think I really need some step by step help and advise. Is anyone interested in taking on a real green nooby?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards
« on: December 21, 2005, 04:47:55 PM »
Oh yes I have that buttom, but in that picture you show a button for machine co-ord's, well I don't have that one. I'm sure that there are a few more that I don't have also. How should I design and build my own screen?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards
« on: December 20, 2005, 05:27:51 PM »
OK, I am an idiot. :-[ It's all there all of it. Wizards and screen tools. I must apologize for my lack of brain matter, but how do I get them into Mach 3, and how do I work screen builder? I know it looks like I'm a beginner :-[, but I have a talent for missing the obvious. Can I just click and drag the stuff I want into the Mach 3 folder.? :-[

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards
« on: December 19, 2005, 06:16:10 PM »
Well I downloaded the file but, I didn't get any wizards. I only get graphics and can't use the labels. I mean i can't make them say anything (no text input). What am I missing here? I'd like to make a screen similar to Arts, but without a few things and in a different color. What am I missing here? Help!!!!! Oh, what about the wizards. Mach 2 had'em where'd they go?

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: Screens and Wizards
« on: December 19, 2005, 04:44:05 PM »
Thanks Brian. I was'nt aware of those downloads on Art site. I'll go over and see.

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Screens and Wizards
« on: December 18, 2005, 05:07:32 PM »
Hi guys, just joined up here and I'd like to ask questions.
I have, and am in the process of, configuring Mach 3. I am going to install a breakout board to wire up my limit swiches so I'm not fully operable yet. Well I've seen a few of Art's videos and I don't have a screen like his and I'd like one. It seems to be a little more friendlier then just what I've been given. So, how can I get one like that? And I don't seem to have any wizards at all. Do I have to purchace them as addons? What say you?

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