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General Mach Discussion / Re: interfacing to a lathe
« on: April 27, 2010, 09:19:30 PM »
Right now it doesn't satisfy my needs, as I can't get it (my lack of knowledge) get it to do anything other than machine reference and the manuals are so vague, it is almost like they left out every other sentence.... This machine has never had a tool installed nor had a tool offset set.

It is a greatly looking machine and if I could get an interface that would "translate" lets say the output from a Mach3 to what the Sinumerik requires, that would be the perfect solution. However, the only thing I found so far just replaces the Sinumerik conversational controller with a "Different Brand" conversational controller

I don't have a complete wiring diagram of the machine (trust me... just running new wires to a breakout board and connecting it to a laptop or desktop computer has crossed my mind several times. However, once I was to commit to that, then I will have lost my ability to "sell" it. (as I am sure there are people out there that have a clear understanding of this "conversational" programming language.. and I am offering a new machine at over 30% off.

I can then buy a 12x36 lathe and a CNC conversion kit to mount on it for under $8K.

General Mach Discussion / Re: interfacing to a lathe
« on: April 27, 2010, 05:11:59 PM »
Anyone want to buy a PM1330 CNC lathe worth over $15,000 that has never had a tool installed nor has it done anything other than have the X&Z referenced. It would include a 10hp rotary phase converter (220 single phase to 220 3-phase) to power the unit.

I would take $10,000 for it (pickup only... though I would help you get it on my dollies and get it rolled out of the shop, but you would need to get it loaded on your trailer or whatever on your own with your own equipment as I do not have anything to lift it more that about 3").

You can see the lathe and spec's at CNC Lathe with Siemens 802C Control $14995.00 (Servo Motors with Encoder Feedback, Spindle Encoder, 6 position automatic tool turret)

I can't get my head wrapped around this unit and it's "Conversational" programming. So I am going to sell it off, pickup a new 12x36 and install a CNC conversion package on it that will let me run Mach3.

If interested you can PM me or email me at jestism@prexis.com

Lathe is located in Northeastern Arizona (about 20 miles east of Snowflake, AZ) which is about 30 miles south of "holbrook, AZ which is on I-40)

Note: There is "one" ding in the cover over the 6-tool holder Turret stepper motor where I forgot to reference the X axis before doing the Z axis and rammed the cover into the tail stock.

I will also be putting this on ebay with $10K as the starting price, so if a member contacts me before anyone bids, you get it at the lowest price.

General Mach Discussion / interfacing to a lathe
« on: February 05, 2010, 10:30:16 PM »
Is there any way (hardware and software) to interface the MACH3 software to a Lathe operated by a Siemens sinumerik 802s controller?

Mach Screens / Re: want to add a reading to my main screen
« on: January 10, 2010, 11:48:54 PM »
Took me a few try's (as I kept losing the 3D graphic's).... but I finally got the current work offset to show up down there where I want it. I like having it right were it is easy to see, instead of having to look up in the mode line to see if it changed. Looking forward to getting the new .set file on the Tormach controller tomorrow. ;D


Next (tomorrow) I will try the regenerate tool path and see if that will correct the other problem.

Thanks again for giving a newbie a helping hand.
Mike J

Mach Screens / want to add a reading to my main screen
« on: January 10, 2010, 09:12:28 PM »
First I am completely new to this forum and am totally overwhelmed with the amount of information, thus the reason for this post.

I am running a Tormach machine and have it unlocked so I have full access to the Mach3 software and am running the 1024.set screen set.

I would like to add "one" thing to the main screen (have been playing with Mach3screen.exe without any luck). I would like to have the "Current" work offset displayed in the area as shown in the picture below.

And then I am also having a problem (since the change to the 1024.set) with the tool path and the actual tool movement in the display being approx. 50% lower.

If some one would be willing to point a forum newbie in the right direction or give me the necessary info to add the one option and correct the other problem, it will be greately appreciated.

Thank-you in advance.

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