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G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Gcode Conversions
« on: June 09, 2011, 11:31:53 PM »
Yes to the ASK#1  question and NO to the conditional Gcode question.

Sorry but MACH does NOT do conditional Gcode like most modern controllers do (;-)

But for your simple conditional statement yes it could be done as long as it only contains a max of 2 conditions and 1 jump statement.

(;-) TP

Sweet! Would you happen to have any code examples?

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Gcode Conversions
« on: June 09, 2011, 11:11:07 PM »
You can use MDI and type #1=5, but you'd need to pause or stop first I think.

But that's probably not what you want.

No that doesn't work.  Another question for you though, is there a way to test the value of a parameter?
Here is an example that doesn't seem to work in Mach3

If #1 < 0 then P1000

Is there a syntax for this I am missing?

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Gcode Conversions
« on: June 09, 2011, 10:12:48 PM »
Several years ago I decided to try Mach3 but couldn't get it to run.  Decided to download and try again and so far it looks promising.  I am very used to TurboCNC.

In TurboCNC there is a command ASK#1, the program will stop running and ask you for a value that will be put into the variable #1.  Is there a way to input a variable during runtime with Mach3?


General Mach Discussion / 7ofclubs Intro
« on: January 22, 2009, 01:15:26 AM »
Sure I will introduce myself

I just retired from the military after 26 years of service.  I am 46 and planned on staying retired but I just can't do it...toooooo bored. 

I learned about CNC machines several years ago while I was stationed in Korea and studied them intently.  When I got home I bought a HobbyCNC kit, soldered away and built my own homebrew system.  I am really surprised at how accurate the thing is.  I have it down to an accuracy of .001 if my digital calipers are correct.

Anyway, while I was in the military I was an air traffic controll supervisor and cast and sold silver and gold jewelry as stress relief.  I figured with a CNC machine I could make some really cool stuff, and judging from what I have seen from the pix on these forums I should be able too.  I bought Rhino 4.0, taught myself how to use it and then crashed. 

I have been about to cut some things in machinable wax that look really great as practice pieces but nothing that I could or want to sell.  I have tried many different programs: my lastest was using Meshcam to convert .bmps to gcode and then use TurboCNC to cut the wax.  I think my problem might be that I don't have the cutting tool setup correctly.  I found Mach3 and I hope that I will be able to configure it so that I can cut out some medallions.

I have read and reread the manual but I am still missing something....hopefully these forums will help.


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