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General Mach Discussion / Mach 3 CRASHING
« on: December 13, 2013, 06:26:37 PM »
I was 113570 lines and two hours into a cut and Mach3 crashed (again) and shut down. Sometimes the program will run for days without a problem, but not today. I have had Mach3 crash about four times before. There is a error message that wants to debug Mach3 then the program shuts down. The trouble with this is all of the X,Y,Z set points are moved and it is almost imposable to reset them so the project is not wasted, not counting the time and aggravation.  Has anyone else running into this problem?  >:( >:( >:( ???

I have the Chinese Huanyang VFD & Spindle from ebay. But I would like to upgrade to a better drive. So if you are using something other than the Chinese Huanyang VFD. Please tell me about it. I have looked at the GS2-23PO drive from Automation Direct but i can't find any information on how to control the drive from Mach3 running the Mach3 2010 Screenset.

General Mach Discussion / Elapsed Timer problems
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:50:47 PM »
Elapsed Timer problems
I have spent two days reinstalling Mach3 V. 3.043.066 on my diy (Very, very long story) along with Mach3 2010 screenset & the plugin for Huanyang VFD. I have almost everything working again, but one. I had been running this setup sense January before now. But now when I try to run gcode with an “M3 S15000” (I have a 10 second delay set for the spindle to come up to speed). But here is the problem, the “Elapsed Time” only goes to 2 or 3 and stops. So after about 10 seconds of the gcode not running I get “Estop” and a shutdown of the spindle. I can do a “run from here” a little further down in the program and the ‘Elapsed Time’ will run. Is there a setting somewhere I am missing?

General Mach Discussion / Huanyang VFD & Spindle Warranty Problems
« on: September 06, 2013, 01:35:38 PM »
On my DIY CNC I installed a Chinese Huanyang VFD & Spindle that I bought on ebay back in late December. I also have the plug-in that controls the VFD with Mach3. I will say that everything was working well. I really enjoyed the low noise from the water cooled spindle.
Now here is the problem. Two almost three weeks ago the spindle stopped working and the vfd display showed "dL", which indicates a current leak somewhere in the spindle motor. I bought the vfd & spindle from "world-etrade" on ebay. I looked back at their ebay listing and saw that there is a two year warranty. No problem, right. No, you would be wrong. I contacted "world-etrade" and ask about getting a new spindle covered under their warranty. After several responses on ebay back and forth they have not replaced the spindle and will no longer correspond with me about a replacement spindle.
I had no chose but to get another spindle. I found that I could get the vfd & spindle for not much more than just the spindle alone. So I ordered a new vfd & spindle motor from "eling-export" and had it within a few days. I was back up and running. Not so fast................ I hooked up the vfd & spindle in manual control to test everything out. The spindle started coming up to speed when smoke started coming out it. The vfd shut down with the "dL" showing on the display. I contacted "eling-export" about replacing the faulty spindle motor under their three year warranty. After answering a lot of stupid questions and sending them photos of the wiring from the vfd to the spindle. And explaining to them that my power supply to the vfd is 220 volt, single phase, not 220V, 2 phase or 3 phase we are at a dead end. As of now they have not send me an RMA# nor an address to where I can send the spindle for replacement or refund. This is what their ebay listing says: “satisfaction guaranteed,return accepted without asking for a reason, fully refund or exchange will be give upon our receiving the returned item.item must be returned in mint state with original packing,please notify us and with our confirmation before you want to return anything.”
I have contacted ebay customer support with my problem with “eling-export”. They say that they can help with “eling-export” and get my cost and shipping returned, but that there may not be anything they can do about “world-etrade” since it has been over six months.
Right now I’m not sure what to do, but to warn ever one about these cheap Chinese spindles. And I guess I’ll have to bite the bullet ($$$$) and get better quality VFD & spindle.

Beware and watch out these sites  >:( >:(

General Mach Discussion / CNC starts and stops vectors
« on: June 06, 2013, 04:10:37 PM »
I've read before that someone had this happen to them but can't remember were I saw it.
My home built CNC running on MachIII does not run the coded vectors smooth. It runs just fine then will pause for like a second or two then run but after a bit will pause again. Some times it will stop running the code two or three times in X or Y movement every three or four inches.  I don't know if the problem is in MachIII or my PC controls. Seems like I had read that the PC speed may be too slow. But this problem has just started about 3 or 4 mouths ago using the same PC.

Any thoughts????????????????

General Mach Discussion / Moving 'Z' .001 at a time
« on: April 25, 2012, 10:46:16 AM »
I saw in a YouTube that if you press "Ctrl" and move X Y or Z. It will move .001 at a time. I have tried this and it works on this PC. But the PC that my CNC is hooked to will not do the .001 move. If I press "Ctrl" on the CNC-PC the DRO starts moving an will not stop until I press reset.  I tried to reinstall Mach3 with no change. Both PCs are running Mach3 version R3.043.056 W/ Mach2010 screenset. It's not mandatory that I be able to use the .001 move, but I can see where it would come in handy at times. Am I missing a setting somewhere on the CNC-PC?

General Mach Discussion / "Line #" window question.....
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:40:34 PM »
 I really like the "2010 Screenset" and the tool change works like a dream. Just one request, maybe this has been ask before ........ Is there a way to make the 'Line #' window show more digits. Sometimes I need at least 6 digits showing when making large reliefs.

Here is a project I made on my Home Made CNC. Hope you like it.

Santa Fe, Texas


General Mach Discussion / An other "Auto Tool Zero" question.
« on: October 21, 2011, 08:07:19 PM »
When I press Auto Tool Zero my Z moves up, not down like it should.
This is the VB Code I have used for some time, but it has stopped working.

Message( "Auto Zeroing..." )
If IsSuchSignal (22) Then
code "G31 Z-3 F20"
While IsMoving()
Call SetDRO( 2, .060 )
code "G1 Z1"
End If

I have checked all the wiring, probe plate and settings so many time, that now I am getting confused about what I've checked and not checked.


General Mach Discussion / Driver test question.............
« on: December 06, 2010, 11:50:21 PM »
I have been having multiple problems with my Blacktoe V4 2X4 setup. I was told to run the "driver test". It is listed in the folder but will not run. Does anyone know where I might find a back up copy that will start & run?

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