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Screen designer tips and tutorials / Mach3Screen newbie...
« on: August 01, 2010, 11:49:21 PM »
I am attempting to get to know my way around a screen designer so I started up Mach3Screen and opened 1024.set.

This is what I see. I get the feeling I'm on the wrong track. It isn't making sense. All the tutorials make it seem more intuitive.

Am I on the right track?

Finished Screens / Re: Mach3 Aqua
« on: July 08, 2010, 10:09:17 PM »
Thanks Greg and Gerry, I knew it had to be something simple...

P.S. Gerry, sorry for misspelling your name in the earlier post. :-[

Finished Screens / Re: Mach3 Aqua
« on: July 08, 2010, 08:31:00 PM »
Jerry - VERY NICE!

I loaded Aqua and I really like the layout and simplicity.

Does anyone know why I get a horizontal line on the bottom of all the DROs, along with a vertical line on the right of them? I don't see it in the screen captures in this thread. It kinda looks like the border of the numeric box is showing through instead of being hidden. See image.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Whose Fault Is ThIs?
« on: July 03, 2010, 09:14:40 PM »
My apologies for posting on a dormant topic. I started to write a separate one but it just seems more appropriate here.

Has there been any word on the fix for this? I am experiencing a problem that seems similar if not the same. My problem happens on rapid moves however. If I only move one axis at a time, I have no problems. But if I move more than one axis, it seems like the secondary axis (not the one with the major portion of movement) will miss steps and stop (even though I can hear the unmistakable sound of step commands with no steps).

It seems like it is busting the Accel/Velocity capabilities of secondary axis. I tried lowering both the accel and velocities in motor tuning, but the thing that made it go away was moving only one axis at a time.

Something interesting also, if I change from G0 to G1 but set the feedrate the same as the maximum in the motor tuning, all is well.

So, has HimyKabibble's bug been fixed? If so, what version of Mach3 did it get fixed? Could my problem be the same?


I found a post in another forum that showed how to use VB Scripting to do it.

To activate an output, I wrote the following script:


Then I saved it as m111.m1s   (I chose the M code as M1xx as my custom code and Mx1x to signify output 1 and Mxx1 to signify the output active.

To deactivate an output, I wrote the following script:


Then I saved it as m110.m1s   (I chose the M code as M1xx as my custom code and Mx1x to signify output 1 and Mxx0 to signify the output inactive.

I then did the for all the outputs I need, of course I changed the M code and outputs to correlate with each other.

I can then test it by using the MDI screen and entering the appropriate M code and hit enter.

It works like a charm!

G-Code, CAD, and CAM discussions / Creating custom M codes... how???
« on: June 22, 2010, 11:54:04 PM »
Hi everyone,

I am building a machine to automate an assembly process. I involves actuating solenoid valves and relays (along with controlling stepper motors). I want to use M codes to do this.

I have Mach3 installed and working (the motors work fine). I made a custom BreakOut Board that has the required driver circutry for the solenoids and relays. It also works properly.

For testing purposes, I am using M3, M4, M7, and M8 as they are easy to configure. I need more than four M codes and M3/M4 cannot be "On" at the same time.

How do I go about creating my own M codes?


Mach Screens / Re: "Settings" screen green background????
« on: June 21, 2010, 01:23:29 PM »
Hi, and welcome, the green is indeed how it is  ;)
I just discovered that! In the tutorial for Screen4, Art (I think it's Art) toggles through all the screens in 1024.set. The Settings screen is beige like the rest, so I just assumed it was some kind of error in my installation.

Anyway, I played around in Screen4 and discovered that the image used for the background is indeed green. I'll just change the image from green to beige for now. But I will also be making my own screen soon!

Mach Screens / "Settings" screen green background????
« on: June 21, 2010, 12:32:21 AM »
This is my first post. I have had Mach3 installed for only a few days and I'm getting to know it better. Things are going well so far. I am really impressed with the tutorials and the level of online support!

The only thing I've run into is a problem with the "Settings Alt6" screen in both the 1024.set and Plasma.set screens in the original Mach3 installation. The background is green. I suspect I am missing an image file or something.

Any ideas?

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