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Works in progress / Re: Three Page Lathe Screen
« on: November 26, 2010, 11:04:23 PM »
Here are a few screen shots of some of the features for the people who asked. :)

Works in progress / Re: Three Page Lathe Screen
« on: November 26, 2010, 07:06:54 PM »

Unfortunately one area I am lacking in is graphics design. I can however add of change the images inside the screen to what ever is needed. Maybe someone would like to help on this and create a uniform set of images for this?


I am not sure if you are using this screenset or no but it seams to be the popular choice. Please see my post here...


Its on page 3. I have added many more functions to the wizards portion of the screenset.

I do have a question on the plugins. Is it possible to add canned cycles to mach3 via a plugin? Basically do what a macro does only with a G-code not a M-code? If this is possible... is it something you are able to do?

Works in progress / Re: Three Page Lathe Screen
« on: November 26, 2010, 10:35:25 AM »

I hope you don't mind me adding to your work. Your layout is much easier to use than the standard set. I figured I would add a few features to it and share it so everyone could enjoy. It is far from finished however all the wizards should work fine. The ones that are finished are...

OD Facing
ID Groove

My goal is to all all these features to all the wizards. I also have a few features planned for the threading wizard. I would much appreciate feedback on this. Please let me know if you find any bugs or would like to see something additional added. Phil if you have any issues with me furthering your work please contact me and I will have the files removed.



I have no intention of selling anything. I would just like to further the conversational side of programming on the lathe side since there seams to be very little change. I have several ideas on wizards as well as making the ones available better. I am just trying to share. I have already started a thread here...


I saw you were asking for interest on making the threading wizard better and more complete. I figured that was great. Then you said there was no interest. I have interest and am more than willing to help any way I can. I own a machine shop myself so I use these things every day. I normally just program things in cad/cam however after buying a new Haas machine with conversational programming. I was amazed how little I use cad/cam on lathe anymore. To me the closer I  (we) can get this to the hobbyist the better.

Now for for helping... I have no idea if this will be of use but here are the calculations I use on cam...

Thread Depth Calculation

This is for a 60 deg point tool. Depths calculated are Per Side depths to be used when determining the diameter to be programmed in the thread commands.

    * External Thread Depth = .61343 x ( 1 / # of threads per inch)
    * Internal Thread Depth = .54127 x ( 1 / # of threads per inch)

This will allow you to calculate just about any thread.

Hope this helps. Your work is always appreciated. :)

I guess my vote doesn't count :(

I have added multiple start threading to the simple thread wizard. Guess I can add it to the advanced one too if you are interested.

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Drill Wizard for Turn
« on: November 24, 2010, 04:55:38 PM »
Here is a new lathe screen I am working on because I wanted a cleaner look. More options and more unified layout. It will include all the wizard that are out the without pulling up the wizard menu. I will also be adding a few more such as a multistart threading wizard that I have been working on. I do allot of programming on Haas machines at my shop and play with the little guys at home to make things around the house and teach my 2 boys. I wanted to keep the look and feel of the Haas intuitive programing.  If you have never used one.. here is what it looks like.


Anyways, let me know what you think of the screen.

VB and the development of wizards / Re: Drill Wizard for Turn
« on: November 24, 2010, 04:39:52 PM »
Afraid I have not had a chance to mess much with the macros but did test the pecking  and it worked fine.

Hood, what did you test? My wizard or your code you already had that you said worked fine? If it was the wizard... what version did you use? I tried the G83 canned cycle and it rapids out and feeds all the way back in. It doesn't rapid to just before the last peck and then feed the next peck. I have used the 1.3 version and it does exactly as I need. Its much faster as long as your drill bit is lined up correctly. :) It works just like my Haas lathe. Is there a plug-in that will let me write my own G-Code macros? I think I remember reading poppabear was working on something of the sort but I am unable to locate the post.

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Drill Holes
« on: November 22, 2010, 01:44:43 AM »
Let me know if you need help on the speeds and feeds.

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Re: Drill Holes
« on: November 21, 2010, 03:41:02 PM »
Can somebody walk me through how drill 4 holes with 0.25" diameter using a router bit size of 0.25" diameter using an autocad , Lazycam(unregistered) & Mach3.It was easy when i had a bit with  size of diameter 0.125"

If it was easy with a .125 bit it should be just as easy with a .25 bit. You go off center of the drill point. Diameter only matters for speeds and feeds. If you can provide me you machines rigitivity, HP, RPM speed range, Z axis speed and materiel I can give you some suggested speeds and feeds.

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