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General Mach Discussion / Re: Probe Wizard
« on: June 06, 2010, 05:54:29 PM »
RICH, if you use Stirlings probing routine it IS safe. Break it out and give it a whirl

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Using G52 to do step and repeat
« on: June 06, 2010, 05:51:12 PM »
SOme SIms do not "show" the G52 offsetting AND as each set of code has the SAME gcode points it appears to only be one path when actually it WILL cut all of them.

Look at it in MACH and you should see 2 columns of a vertical stack of 3 rectangles

It that waht it is suppose to look like?


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YOu do realise IF you just tie your ESTOP button input to  the  Reset function in mach you will have the same thing. When the Estop button is pushed MACH will go into reset and Flash the message on the ticker0 next to the reset button.

Learning Mach VB is NOT something to be attempted here in the forums. There ARE videos available AND manuals to help you learn the process.

http://www.machsupport.com/videos.php
http://www.machsupport.com/documentation.php

Then When you need help you can call on us here.

Hope that helps,

6724
VB and the development of wizards / Re: start from line #
« on: June 06, 2010, 03:42:20 PM »
I am happy for you.

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IS the Estop activated from an outside input?

IF yes then you need to monitor that input and do a function IF it is active.

First you need to install a Label on your screen. Then set the label text to   TICKER250 this will create a ticker label that you can send text to.

Next from the macropump you would add code to monitor the input and IF it goes active then send text to the ticker label

IF Isactive(input1) then
                SetTicker(250," Estop is now active")
Else
                SetTicker(250,"")
end if

As long as the input1 is active the message will flash and scroll across the label.

Hope that helps, If not tell us what you need







6726
General Mach Discussion / Re: how to control z-axis brake
« on: June 06, 2010, 11:33:26 AM »
(;-) That was not theory, but the results from testing.

The sleep(100) is a wait state. running in VB/Gcode code IS  a wait state as well.  Running directly from the buffer there are NO wait states.

Let me know how it goes when you go LIVE with the tranparent version.

6727
VB and the development of wizards / Re: start from line #
« on: June 06, 2010, 11:25:20 AM »
You are going to be waiting for a long time.

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This is another handy function we run on plasma machines. It is a 2 button system. One to stop and 1 to restart.

If you find the torch cutting a bit raggy and want to check it. Push the stop button. Mach will then do a feedhold and turn off the torch, record all the import info it needs to restart, then notify you on the message bar when it is done.

Then you can move anywhere to check or clean or change out parts as needed. DON't forget to reset your plasma machine(;-) if you take the head apart.

Now when you are ready to return to work press the restart button. The machine will pop up a window letting you know how is it going to proceed back to the spot .IF you agree with it press ok.

Then the machine will rapid back to the last cut position and reset the TOM(top of material) refire the torch and restart the program run.

You may need to modify the TOM routine to suite your style.


***********************************************************************
'Stop Button     Feedhold/stop to check torch
DoButton(1)                 'Feedhold
While IsMoving      'Wait for movement to stop
Sleep(100)
Wend
DoSpinStop                                 ' Turn OFF torch
Sleep(1000)
DoButton(286)            ' Set positions
Sleep(1000)
DoButton(3)      'Set Stop
Sleep(1000)
SetVar(604,GetDro(18))   'SetVar to Feedrate
SetVar(605,GetDro(16))   'SetVar to CurrentLine#
Code"G0 Z1.000"      'Move to a SafeZ
While IsMoving()     
Sleep(1000)
Wend
Code"(Stop Routine Complete)"
End     

'***********************************************************************************************************************************

'Restart Button to return to work
Code"G1 Z1.000 F#604"             'Go To a SafeZ
While IsMoving()
Sleep(1000)
Wend
SetDro(16,Getvar(605))   'Reset SET NEXT LINE #
Sleep(100)
SetDro(18,GetVar(604))   'Reset Feedrate
Sleep(100)
'************************* Setup TOM to suite machine
Code"G28.1 Z0.500"    'ReREF Head  to TOM
While Ismoving()
Sleep(100)
Wend
Code"G92 Z0.000"                    'Reset Dro
Code"G1 Z0.150"
Code"G92 Z0.000"
sleep(100)
'*************************************************
DoOemButton(285)             'Return to stop position
While IsMoving()
Sleep(1000)
Wend
Code"G1 Z#601 F#604"      'Return Z to stop Point
While IsMoving()
Sleep(1000)
Wend
DOSPINCW()      'Refire Torch
Sleep(100)
DoButton(0)       'Resume Program Run from Stop Point
Code"(You are now back ONLINE cutting )"
End         


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MACH TOOL BOX / AutoPark Function for Plasma users
« on: June 05, 2010, 09:39:06 PM »
This Is a simple function that has proven very handy for plasma users. Its purpose is to park the torch at a handy spot to be able to pick the parts out AND be in a good position to start the next cut. This code bases the Park position to be at the left edge of the part  and at the top LH side +.250". It uses the Min Xextents AND the Max yextents.

This code runs at teh end of your Gcode file and does not involve the actual Gocde file. It will park the head based on the PART extents so it does not care if it is a small part or large part. It parks in the same spot in relation to the part.

You can set a button and led on the run screen to turn the function on or off as needed, set the led as UserLed(1199),

OR you can call the function as a VAR call from the mdi line.  #450=999 will turn it on   #450=0 will turn it off

This code runs from inside of the M1030 macro. The M1030 is called automatically from the Mach M30 call used at the end of file to reset mach.

Add this code to your M1030 macro, IF you do not have one you will have to save as M1030 in the macro directory

USE the correct section of code depending on how you wish to turn it on/off. Button or Var call from the MDI line.
HOPE it Helps

***********************************************************
,M1030 Auto Park WITH SCREEN BUTTON/LED setting on/off

If GetUserLed(1199)<>0 Then
SetVar(401,GetOemDro(4))
SetVar(402,GetOemDro(11))
Code" G0 Z1.00"
While IsMoving()
Wend
Code"X#401 Y[#402+0.250]"
While IsMoving()
Wend
End If
End
************************************
'M1030 macro For AutoPark with MDI setting on/off

If GetVar(450)=999 Then
SetVar(401,GetOemDro(4))
SetVar(402,GetOemDro(11))
Code" G0 Z1.00"
While IsMoving()
Wend
Code"X#401 Y[#402+0.250]"
While IsMoving()
Wend
End If
End

6730
General Mach Discussion / Re: Extremely fast rapid movement
« on: June 05, 2010, 08:45:06 PM »
Where a G100 will fit the Smoothstepper will also fit.

AND if I remember correctly Gecko has offered to buy any OLD g100s back.

So It looks like a win win situation.

Just a thought,

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