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SmoothStepper USB / Ethernet SmoothStepper first test
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:12:43 PM »
Works for me. My A is linear, the knee on my BP clone. I've not had an issue USB or ESS. Sorry I can't be of more assistance!


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SmoothStepper USB / Re: Ethernet SmoothStepper first test
« on: January 23, 2012, 08:00:16 AM »
The settings will be pretty much like the USB version, but be aware that the ONLY SS doc out there is very old and the screen doesn't even LOOK like the screenshot in the doc any more!!

You will definately be able to get help here or on Warp9td if necessary.

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard
« on: January 21, 2012, 08:34:45 PM »
Cool, thanks for the update. Just as I got interested in the wizard, it seemed to have died. Glad to know it will spring back to life. I, for one, am looking forward to any improvements.

Did you say you took the #Expand stuff out? I think you did, right? I some how or another have v02 installed that must have installed with a version of Mach. I reinstalled 3.043.056 on my test pc today to try and get the wizard, but didn't get it. I don't know what's going on there or why I had it on one computer and not the other. I'll download v05 from here and see what I can figure out.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Lathe - set max RPM for CSS?
« on: January 21, 2012, 08:16:30 PM »
So there are issues with CSS, G96. Does it not work at all, or is it goofy somehow?

Does Feed per revolution work correctly? I tried it, and when potting my speed override, the feed did not seem to change. I haven't tried any of this actually cutting, just in the air, so don't know if feed changes and just doesn't show on the screen.

Kind of too bad Mach Turn doesn't have the usage, hence fixing, that mill has. Would be nice!!

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard
« on: January 21, 2012, 11:05:52 AM »
Hey, Ron, where has everybody been here? This thread was pretty hot in December, then on 12/16, it just stopped. Is there still work being done on the Lathe Wizard, or is it done an v05?

I was looking for turn with a fillet radius at the end, but didn't see how to do that. I didn't look too much because I couldn't save anything. I'll pay and see what I can figure out. I did watch the YouTube video!!



Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Re: NFS Turn Wizard
« on: January 20, 2012, 09:52:41 PM »
I'm new to Mach lathe and discovered this Wizard thread. Read it all and it was humming along nicely and suddenly just STOPPED! What happened?

So if I understand correctly I buy the Mach3 Mill Add for $50 and that gets me this turn wizard?


SmoothStepper USB / Re: Ethernet SmoothStepper first test
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:22:41 AM »
Cool, Jeff, I haven't been even looking for ESS because my beta one is just working so I kind of ignore it!! A good thing.

I can't find the shielded ethernet PANEL MOUNT on your site, the one you mentioned here. How 'bout a link so I can buy one!!


SmoothStepper USB / Re: Ethernet SmoothStepper first test
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:47:53 AM »
Thanks, Hood, I hadn't seen it on CNC4PC!

I know, this ESS just works, it's amazing. This is really the FIRST piece of my CNC building experience that just works, right out the box, V1 plugin and all. Great stuff.

I was mostly curious if Greg had spiffed up the interface for the configurator and stuff. Got to thinking about that yesterday with my AV issue!! I got that warning that it couldn't find the ESS a hundred times and it just got me thinking is all!!

SmoothStepper USB / Re: Ethernet SmoothStepper first test
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:28:42 AM »
I've heard nothing about the ESS, and mine is working great!! Curious when it will go on sale. Also curious if any of you other testers have gotten a newer plugin from Greg.

One thing I learned over the last few days. AV software can block the ESS somehow, and not even tell you!! I recently installed Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete. Strangely, on first start, Mach would see the ESS just fine. Shut Mach down and try to restart, it couldn't find the ESS. No amount of fiddling, reconfiguring, anything, would fix it. Only shutting the ESS power off and restarting it fixed it. Next Mach start, it was fine, next start no go. No warnings from anything. Shut the AV down, it worked great. I was too lazy to try and figure it out so I uninstalled Webroot and went back to Vipre, now it's fine.

These modern AV software packages are going too far trying to be unobtrusive. This Webroot never tells you anything, just blocks/quarantines/does it's thing with ZERO messages!! I imagine I can turn warnings on somehow, but IMHO, they've crossed to the other side of the line from totally obnoxious no not obnoxious enough.

Oh, and if you're going to warn me about running my machine control computer hooked to the internet, save it for anothert time ;) I've been thoroughly warned many times and I still do it, still will. I only mention the above because I MIGHT NOT be the only one!

PoKeys / Re: Can't get basic motor output.
« on: November 28, 2011, 08:18:04 AM »

I think you need a breakout board on parallel ports or on an external motion control device like a SmoothStepper. The PoKeys alone won't control your axes. Something like a CNC4PC breakout board, they have many to pick from with widely varying capabilities. That setup will then work with your PoKeys setup extra input/outpur, for buttons and switches and stuff.