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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Homing Speed v3481
« on: January 22, 2018, 12:50:22 PM »
I believe the ESS has selectable approach and back off speeds in the plugin config.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Is Mach4 really Hobby Material?
« on: January 18, 2018, 12:57:36 PM »

Also be careful who you blame for what you didn't know.

Not sure if this was aimed at me, but I didn't blame anybody. I'd never heard this thing about Mach4 version 2 breaking stuff, it was new to me. I never used v1 I guess.

That said, and not that it matters now, but what build, or version number, did Mach4 v2 start with and Mach4 v1 end with, and when? Just curious, not blaming anyone for not knowing:)


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Is Mach4 really Hobby Material?
« on: January 18, 2018, 07:25:56 AM »
When Mach4 version 2 was introduced it made almost everything users developed under the original version useless. Is this what is being described here ?

Wow, good thing I didn't know that, and I didn't develop anything under Version 1, never used version 1 other than to look at it. Now that I'm working on stuff in Version 2, when Version 3 comes out will "almost everything" I've done be rendered useless or have things stabilized to where we'll be good moving forward? If a new version is likely to break everything I've done, I'm probably out of here right now!!

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Is Mach4 really Hobby Material?
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:57:23 PM »

Out of curiosity, what's the preferred method of getting help, here or email support? If it's email support, no one learns anything other than the emailer. If it's here, there wouldn't be ANY zero reply posts or threads that just die with no resolution. Where did these people go who got no reply to what seems a legit post? Did they email support and get an answer that no one else knows about, or did they walk away?


PoKeys / Re: PoKeys 57E buttons, MACH4
« on: May 21, 2017, 09:01:19 AM »
Craig, I wasn't referring to your post I was referring to NeoTO's post, March 8 for my OP, May 19 for his reply!! NeoTo is a Pokeys person. But, like I said, no big deal.

I am in Wisconsin, USA!!

I don't see any files attached to your post, not sure if you forgot them or they don't show for me, or what.

Like I said, my issue isn't with mapping the signal in Mach4, it's figuring out what internal command TOGGLES the coolant/mist.


PoKeys / Re: PoKeys 57E buttons, MACH4
« on: May 20, 2017, 07:33:00 PM »
Hi Craig, I believe we have conversed before!!

I have Cycle Start, Feed Hold, and Stop working. I can't figure out Coolant on/off or Mist on/off. I want one press of the (momentary) button to turn M8, Coolant ON, and the next press of the button to be M9, Coolant OFF. Same for M7/M9, another button. All I can figure out is read the state of a switch, but I want momentary switches, one press, ON, one press, OFF. I have this working in Mach3, which I've resorted to again because I don't have the time to invest in the summer to trying to get Mach4 working even rudimentarily!!

If you or anyone can tell me how to get a momentary switch to toggle coolant or mist on and off, I'd love it.

I did use the signal mapping tutorial and the built in to Mach4 help files to get what I have working, but I can't find any kind of coolant TOGGLE, just a way to sense a switch, if it's on, coolant ON, if it's OFF, coolant off, but no toggle to use a momentary switch. I don't want to move to on/off switches or I have to re-figure out Mach3 for THAT and I don't have the time or talent to do it this time of year. Too busy riding my bike, doing yard work, enjoying summer. Maybe next winter I'll fiddle with Mach4 again. It moves the 4 axes fine, but soon as you want to customize anything, it gets too hard.

Also not sure why this sat here from March 8 to May 19 for a reply, but it doesn't matter!! I'm sort of short on Mach4, it's always "You're stupid, we're making it simple and you can't figure it out."


It appears to be in the manual in the .....Mach4Hobby/Docs folder in the installed Mach4 on your computer. At least it is in mine.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 M6
« on: March 28, 2017, 04:34:38 PM »
Mine had that stuff in the M6.mcs. It might have been mill had it, lathe didn't. Ref'd thread was talking lathe. I'm all good!!

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 M6
« on: March 28, 2017, 01:18:02 PM »
I guess I know what M6.mcs does because I do T1 M6, it stops and waits for me to change the tool and hit Cycle Start. That must be the default action for M6.mcs that's included with Mach4 Hobby!! Reading the code in M6.mcs seems to do that!!

I think Industrial doesn't include this because with most Industrial installations, the OEM machine builder has to write an M6 macro for their machine/tool changer.  For the average hobby user, the default M6 macro is what we want, stop and wait. This was a Config setting in Mach3, I think.

Anyway, all seems good, I was just confused when Industrial M6 did NOTHING. I'm back to using Hobby anyway, and think I will stick with Hobby. I really don't need anything Industrial offers and it's too confusing switching back and forth trying to learn the quirks!!



Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Touch button Hobby vs Industrial
« on: March 27, 2017, 02:15:08 PM »
Thanks, that solves it for me. Hobby it is.