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General Mach Discussion / Re: Linear Scales
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:10:46 PM »

Thank you for the reply. I am primarily interested in using the scales as DROs but if I can get hardware that will also allow it to run the steppers in closed loop that would be advantageous.

General Mach Discussion / Linear Scales
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:36:49 PM »
I use to have a knee mill that I setup with AC servos on it and it was running under Mach 3, so I have some Mach 3 experience but no experience with linear scales and Mach 3. I am now looking at getting a knee mill with steppers and I have a question about using linear scales with Mach 3. Will linear scales allow me to turn the steppers off and use Mach 3 as a DRO under manual operation? Also can the linear scales be used for positioning when using the steppers and Mach 3 as a CNC?

General Mach Discussion / Start in the middle of the program
« on: August 13, 2010, 03:45:54 PM »
How do I start the program on a certain line instead of at the beginning?  I am fully aware of offsets, tool offsets....ect so those won't be a issue.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Cutting a arc on the Z axis
« on: July 01, 2010, 08:00:03 PM »
GER21, that makes sense.  Thanks.

General Mach Discussion / Cutting a arc on the Z axis
« on: July 01, 2010, 05:47:52 PM »
I have never cut a arc on the Z axis before, how do I accomplish this.  My start point is Z0 X2.3109, end point X2.0948 Z0.2882, Radius 0.3.  Is it as simple as G02 X2.0948 Z0.2882 R0.3?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Homing Problem
« on: June 02, 2010, 05:23:36 PM »
I just wanted to let everyone know that I called Mach Motion and we got the problem resolved in a couple minutes.  I had to put M79 into MDI and it opened a setting screen which I then saved.  I don't really know what that did but I am now able to home the machine.  I highly reccomend Mach Motion, I feel that they have the best hardware setup around and their customer service is top notch.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Homing Problem
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:50:47 PM »
All the pins on my second port are open, I tried connecting the X up to each one of them and the same problem persisted.  I'm not sure about the PCI port, the mother board is tucked away inside this unit.  Before I start opening up the hardware and CPU I will give the manufacture a call.  Thanks for all your help.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Homing Problem
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:20:29 PM »
Hood, this is a manual for the breakout board. 


General Mach Discussion / Re: Homing Problem
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:09:59 PM »
I do have a E-stop and it works, on my board pin 10 is jumped to +24v.  I bought my system as a package and it came like this so I can't tell you why. 

General Mach Discussion / Re: Homing Problem
« on: May 06, 2010, 04:23:19 PM »
On the Diagnostics page all the limits/homes worked properly according to the LEDs.  Port 1 Pin 10 was taken to I moved the Y to port 2 Pin 10.  The Z and Y are now homing but the X now has the same problem, it hits the limit switch and the machine e-stops.  I moved the X axis limit/home switch to all the open pins and it would function as a limit switch on all of them but it would not home.

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