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Messages - Steve Stallings

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: mach3 motor not moving
« on: October 21, 2023, 05:39:38 PM »
The "thump" is normally expected when the DC power is applied to a G203V driver and associated motor.

Try turning the motor without power turned on and also after power turned on.

If they feel the same, it is likely that DC power is not getting to the G203V.

If the motor becomes much more difficult to turn by hand after power is turned on, then the driver is likely OK and your Step and Direction signals are not getting to the driver.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Turret lathe axis question
« on: October 19, 2023, 07:04:27 PM »
Are you running Mach4? If so it appears that the tool table edit function allows a built in Y axis offset field to be added, and I assume that the trajectory planner would actually use that offset. Could this work if you redefined your turret feed motor to be the Y axis?

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Turret lathe axis question
« on: October 19, 2023, 10:06:10 AM »
Trying to visualize this machine. Does it also have a saddle moved by the Z axis motor?

Is the turret slide stacked on the saddle, or is it fixed with respect to the spindle?

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Turret lathe axis question
« on: October 19, 2023, 08:23:38 AM »
Does the A axis motor rotate the turret or slide a ram that plunges the tool?

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: changing PC ID
« on: October 02, 2023, 10:50:57 AM »
When you logged into Machsupport.com and requested the new license you would have received and email telling you to "Use this link to download the following license" followed by another line that identifies the PCID for which the download license should work. The PCID listed in the download link will begin with the string "MCH-" followed by a bunch of random characters. This string must match the PCID shown by >HELP >ABOUT from Mach4 running on the new target PC.

If the strings do not match, something did not work correctly.

If they do match, you will have to request assistance from MachSupport.


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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: changing PC ID
« on: October 01, 2023, 07:19:08 AM »
First you must acquire a matching license for the new PC because it has a different PCID.

You should start Mach4 on the new PC, then go to >Help >About and click on the button that says "Copy ID To Clipboard". Then start Windows Notepad and paste that PCID into Notepad and save the file to a USB thumb drive.

Then, using the PC that is connected to the Internet, log into your Machsupport.com account and generate a new license using the PCID saved on the thumb drive.

The Machsupport.com system will email you a link to download the new license file. Download that file onto the thumb drive.

Now back on the new PC in the shop, start Mach4 and go to >Help >About and click on the button that says "Load License File" and load the license file that you saved on the thumb drive. Now when you start Mach4 on the new PC it should show that it is licensed.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach4 Help Please!!!
« on: September 10, 2023, 12:57:17 PM »
Build 4612 is a stable build and there should be no reason to go back earlier.

Getting sensible previews of 4 axis tool paths may take some work. I suggest that you post a separate thread about this and see if someone can offer advice.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach4 Help Please!!!
« on: September 10, 2023, 08:31:15 AM »
I have no clue to what is happening when analog voltage changes with GUI action but not G-code.

When you change speed with MDI G-code, does the GUI display box for "PGM RPM" respond, but not the actual analog voltage? That could help determine where the fault is happening.

Also for the benefit of others trying to reproduce your issue, could you state what build version of Mach4 you are running.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach4 Help Please!!!
« on: September 10, 2023, 07:30:55 AM »
MDI in Mach4 does not work the same way as MDI in Mach3. In Mach3 you press Enter to execute the single line of code before the Enter key. In Mach4 the MDI screen allows multiple lines of code and pressing Enter just moves you down so you can type another line. To execute the lines shown on the MID screen you must do a Cycle Start which will run all the lines displayed on the MDI screen.

Not sure why you do not get results from running spindle control G-code in a program. Or maybe you only tried G-code in the MDI mode and assumed that the problem you saw would also happen when a program was running.

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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: MACH 4 home switch configurations...
« on: September 06, 2023, 09:18:19 AM »
The outputs that you show are the Motor Enable outputs that can be used to turn on the drivers if needed. Nothing to do with limits.

Have you followed the instructions that go with the ESS for setting up inputs?