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General Mach Discussion / Re: Properly doing "Run Frome Here"
« on: June 30, 2010, 03:47:39 AM »
Hello Peterf

Thanks again for the help. Yes M71 executes properly when called on a GCODE program. But M71 turns on and OFF when RFH. I forgot to mention that M70 turns OFF M71.


Are you sure you don't have also M70 in your program?And I would believe you, if you told us that M71 does nothing, but a double effect on-OFF is not plausible. "race" means M71 does not work because it is too near to another M71 or something (perhaps M70), when RFH does the preflight. ("race condition" is a general word from computer programming where timing of operations is not right).

General Mach Discussion / Re: Properly doing "Run Frome Here"
« on: June 29, 2010, 12:31:21 PM »
Is it true that you said M71 does work when running, but turns on and OFF when RFH ? You have only one M71 call, right? It couldn't be a "race" condition in the execution of M71?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Properly doing "Run Frome Here"
« on: June 28, 2010, 08:59:38 AM »
As far as I know, Mach3 runs quickly thru the program from the beginning up to the RFH line,to ensure that the mode of Mach3 is correct. Mode would include G20/G21, cutter radius compensation, plane selection, M03, M06 and so on ("mode" includes all the ones given at the top right of the screen).

I don't understand what is meant by you "Macro which has ActivateSignal" but I'm not that much pro.

edited for orthography

General Mach Discussion / Re: Enternal E-STOP Leds
« on: June 22, 2010, 11:54:57 AM »
Mach deactivates all outputs when in reset condition.
Stirling this could be a problem, but it could lead to the following theoretical solution: turn on the external leds when the output is high (via pull-up). Write a simple vbscript and put it into the RESET button, to (if it is currently in reset condition:) pull the output low, and propagate reset anyway.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Enternal E-STOP Leds
« on: June 22, 2010, 09:23:54 AM »
There could be a section in the documentation, called "Input/Output signals, Modbus I/O, a serial port and "foreign" ports" and a function "SetTriggerMacro". Documentation starts here: http://www.machsupport.com/MachCustomizeWiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

maybe this helps, partially. It claims to contain the function(s) to control an output line, triggered from an input.

added: OEM Triggers are set in Config->Ports and Pins->Input Pins. (it is worth to try whether the EStop port+pin can simultaneously be a OEM Trigger port+pin.)

Feature Requests / Re: Warning if in Demo mode
« on: June 21, 2010, 06:55:17 AM »
The latest version of Mach3 displays your name in the title bar if it's a licensed copy. No name = demo mode.

"I would have hoped Mach3 spelled out: demo version. It seems it instead marks the licensed version. The trap hasn't gone yet, as the mark reads Licensed (To:), instead of Unlicensed or Demo version."

Feature Requests / Re: Warning if in Demo mode
« on: April 24, 2010, 05:17:55 AM »
I'm not sure (not aware) how to call this on Mach3 start up. Does Mach3 call a macro when it starts? However the code could be added to the script of a Cycle Start button.

My feature request relates to oem buttons
Return to paused state   285
Remember paused state   286
(resp. buttons on the Run Alt-1 screen: "Remember", "Return")

"Remember paused state" does strangely take into account the tool offset. It remembers the actual value+the tool offset.
Lets assume "Tool offset" is turned on, tool number is 2, its tool height is -80, Z displays 20. "Remember" remembers -60 and will go to -60 (or even worse: any H changes thereafter are being ignored). I would believe that "Remember" should remember work coordinates (including tool offset), e.g. controlled point is 20mm above zero, and "Return" should return the controlled point to 20mm above zero, including any tool changes. Mach3 is version R3.042.038.

Perhaps I have just troubles understanding these buttons? (or then I would better remove them from the screen so they do not cause mishaps)

Thank you for answers.

Feature Requests / Re: Warning if in Demo mode
« on: April 07, 2010, 04:45:04 PM »
May  I suggest that the "RFH" (Run From Here) button warns if in demo mode, as it is being ignored. Thank you in advance.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Setting up axis home (Newbie)
« on: April 04, 2010, 09:04:06 AM »
Depends on whom you ask..

Yes our Mach3 does home properly when we press the "Ref All Home" button, and it will set the machine coords to "0" properly. We did the required correct setups in Mach3's config->Ports And Pins and config->Homing/Limits. And our mill delivers referencing signals (actually limit switch signals). I can go with you thru the details. I can't help you with Sheetcam.

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