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Well I have hit a wall on doing Dry Run mode.  From my research there doesn't seem to be any sort of native dry run mode in Mach3.  Maybe I am wrong about this? Anyways I went ahead and tried another method of turning on and off the engine. Works great to allow you to run the code without the machine moving however the DRO are all messed up when you turn it back on as it doesn't reset them back to how they were. OK, seemed like and easy fix. Just record the X and Z machine cord into a user DRO at the time of entering dryrun mode and take that value and put it back into the machine DROs when I leave it. Well I am unable to put the value back into the machine DROs using SetOEMDRO (83) and SetOEMDRO (85). Anyone have a suggestion?  Dry run would be great for proving programs on the machine without running the drives and spindle.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 4.0 Rev Update
« on: August 22, 2011, 11:30:02 PM »
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LOL.. sorry I have to ask.... any status updates? Came across this post while looking for info on lathe functions of Mach. Please be genital if this has been beat like a dead horse. I don't frequent these forms much.

I did exactly that. You have a screen I can look at that has the check box working? Maybe its just my computer or a version issue? I tried may ways but it keeps screwing up so I gave up. I would love to be able to make it work like windows does but I need it to be reliable.

Nice work Wes... I like
The Control +- 10% override... I'd kind of like to have the option (text box) to a value I choose.

See the box to the right of each control? Thats editable. The "LED" indicator for the rapid rate will light up for each value if it matches the box to the right. Say its 50% it will highlight the 50% button but if its 51% none of them will be lit. You can press the button for a quick input or put your value in to the right. full customization of control.

Certainly a fresh approach to using using the wizards with improved graphics.
Have fun in your task.

Thanks Rich :)

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Are the checkboxes and radio buttons LED's with transparent buttons? That's how I did them in my 2010 Screenset.

That looks like a tremendous amount of work.  Shocked

Yes the check boxes and radio buttons are "LEDs" with a transparent button over the text next to them. I was having issues with the LEDs showing the change if the transparent button was over small LEDs. I even tried a separate transparent button just for the LED and one for the text but it still screwed up half the time.  Maybe you have some insite on that? Yes...  tremendous amount of work don't even cover it. I even amaze myself how much time I have into this.  :o I am sure its gonna be a hit with the lathe crowd.

Not sure how the thread repair will work but feel free to use the info in Threading onThe Lathe page 49 & 50 on how to pick up a thread.

Thats exactly how it works. Same way as explained in your excellent write up on threading. It has a button you press when you have it set to the the tread with the index LED on. This sets it up. I haven't finished that one yet but in theory it should work. Gives people the ability to repair threads without using a whole lot of thought.

Does anyone have a list of canned cycles that work in Mach3? Preferably mill and lathe. Also if they are not standard Fanuc implementation if would be nice if there was any info on using them.

Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011
« on: August 20, 2011, 11:25:49 PM »
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As cool as everyones designs are for turn they still never quite fit what I was looking for. I have decided to go my own direction with something I have had in the works for quite some time. It has always been a dream of mine to create a full conversational interface with a professional control look and function. With this screen set not only will it offer a clean professional layout similar to a real control it will also allow you to build full programs right from the multiple "wizards" that are imbedded into the interface. You will have full control of each operation. You can view all operations as well as delete last op and save the program you created. Just about anything simple can be programmed right on the IPS system complete with multiple tooling. This is very similar to what Haas Automation offers on there tool room series lathes. The amount of time I have put into this I will be charging a small amount for it when its finished if anyone is interested. Here are a few a screen shots of new screen in action so you can get an idea of what I am talking about. The cycle screen is not finished yet. I would love to hear feedback of any kind.


Works in progress / Re: THE LATHE PROJECT - 2011
« on: August 20, 2011, 10:38:31 PM »

Yeah it would be hard to keep up with 2 screen when one is so demanding on my time. Wife already wants to kill me. :) Yes I will have no issues sharing a copy with you as I have benefited for your work as well. :)

Here are a few more screens of my set. The cycle screen still isn't done with the graphics but the function is there. The IPS system has been consuming my time. There is allot going on in this screen set behind the scenes.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Could this be done with Mach
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:29:45 PM »
Lets get the axis convention straight, I see it as a lathe with live axis   Z/X and U where U is the second X axis ??

You can set it to any letter you want. I went with "A" because there are lathe screen sets out there with a "A" DRO. All my live tools are B & C axis on the big boys. The only thing that will matter what letter it is will be the post you use. That can be easily edited in most CAM software.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Could this be done with Mach
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:26:19 PM »
Sure you can do this with Mach. As DaOne said before he lost faith, this is only a three axis job, you just need to bend your mind a bit to see it.

Yes I simulated it and opened my mouth a bit too fast. :) Its actually quite simple when you look at it. Just lots of detailed feeds... one line at a time. (same as doing 3D profiling) Whatever your resolution is will determine just how big the file is gonna get. Your fingers will become quite sore without some kind of cam software. Will most likely require a custom post as well.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Could this be done with Mach
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:20:32 PM »
I don't understand how the y and z moves can happen at different points along the x axis. I am trying to figure out what the g-code would even look like.

They move at the same time when they are on the same line...

G1 Z-.001 X2. A2.
G1 Z-.002 X1.9 A1.95

Basically lots and lots of lines.... The higher the resolution = more lines of code.

You need to figure out when to start feeding A into the part based upon where X is.

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