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LazyCam (Beta) / Re: Need a little help
« on: April 11, 2011, 10:21:13 PM »
Sorry it took so long to get back to you.

I attached both the lcam and the tap files.

Ray

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LazyCam (Beta) / Need a little help
« on: April 10, 2011, 01:05:30 PM »
Just started using LazyCam and have a question.

I import a wmf file, set the size, input my tool information. set the Z axis, optimize the image, and send to Gcode.
The image turns out just fine and Mach3 does a good job of cutting the piece with one exception.  When ever there is a move to a new starting location the code looks like this:

N35 G1  X1.4378  Y2.3400  Z-0.0250  F6.00

This causes the X Y Z all to move at the same time.

How do I get it to post the code like this with Z moving first and then X Y?

N34 Z-0.0250 F6
N35 G1  X1.4378  Y2.3400
 
I am sure it is something I am doing wrong or have set wrong in LazyCam.
Any help please.
Ray

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Subroutines
« on: February 08, 2011, 11:07:43 PM »
I was trying to make it too hard.

Thank you for your help1

Ray

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Subroutines
« on: February 08, 2011, 06:06:18 AM »
Please elaborate

I have tried several different ways and have not been able to make it work.  The program just passes over the M98 statement if the file is not in the root folder. (C:\Mach3\subroutines\***.txt  )

Thank you
Ray

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General Mach Discussion / Subroutines
« on: February 06, 2011, 04:18:09 PM »
Can i make folders inside the Subroutines folder and call them with M98?

Like c:\Mach3\subroutines\Rays\(file name.txt)

Thanks Ray

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Locating question
« on: January 21, 2011, 08:23:19 PM »
You are right.

I am very new to G code and the mill I was using did not have an automated Z axis.  You would move to where you you wanted to be and manually lowered the cutter and ran the program.  It did not use any G Code but I wrote a program to access the serial port directly. It worked fine and I have made many replacement dash panels and radio surrounds on it.  You could not run the program unattended and the table was limited.
I am refitting a used larger mill to automate the whole process so I thought I should automate the programming also by learning G Code.  Sending pulses to each motor makes for a lot of lines of code.  I am not a machinist  and even after reading through the documentation several times I am still learning how to setup the configuration and settings.

I now have my start up set for Absolute Distance and Incremental I,J. 

Thanks for the reply

Ray   

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Locating question
« on: January 21, 2011, 05:38:09 PM »
It works!!  After 5 days and countless hours trying different codes it finally works.

Should I be doing all my programing in incremental?

Got to go back and read some more.

Ray

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Locating question
« on: January 21, 2011, 05:11:46 PM »
Yes I am using absolute I,J
Does it have be in incremental?

I wanted to move off the starting point for the first offset and then run the rectangle code.  When I get this figured out the rectangle code will be one of many in the subroutine file. I will only have to write the code for the rectangle once and then be able to use it anywhere I want.

I will try using incremental and see how it works.

Ray

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Locating question
« on: January 21, 2011, 02:05:35 PM »
I have continued to work on this and found that I had some offsets programed into the fixture and a couple of other problems.  I still am not real happy with the display but now I can see what is happening and it makes sense.

I do still have a problem that maybe you or someone can help me with. 

This is the code for making two rectangles  along the X axis with radius at the corners.
f100
G0 Y1
G52 Y1
G1 X1.5
G3 X2 Y.5 I1.5 J.5
G1 Y1.5
G3 X1.5 Y2 I1.5 J1.5
G1 X-1.5
G3 X-2 Y1.5 I-1.5 J1.5
G1 Y.5
G3 X-1.5 Y0 I-1.5 J.5
G1 X0
G52 X0 Y0
G0 Y0
G0  X4.5
G0 Y1
G52 X4.5 Y1
G1 X1.5
G3 X2 Y.5 I1.5 J.5
G1 Y1.5
G3 X1.5 Y2 I1.5 J1.5
G1 X-1.5
G3 X-2 Y1.5 I-1.5 J1.5
G1 Y.5
G3 X-1.5 Y0 I-1.5 J.5
G1 X0
G52 X0 Y0
G0 Y0
G0 X0

This works fine with no problems but if I try to make the same rectangles only along the Y axis it won't work.  I get an error message says the end of the arc doesn't match.

Please look at this and see where I went wrong.

f100
G0 Y1
G52 Y1
G1 X1.5
G3 X2 Y.5 I1.5 J.5
G1 Y1.5
G3 X1.5 Y2 I1.5 J1.5
G1 X-1.5
G3 X-2 Y1.5 I-1.5 J1.5
G1 Y.5
G3 X-1.5 Y0 I-1.5 J.5
G1 X0
G52 X0 Y0
G0 Y5
G52 Y5
G1 X1.5
G3 X2 Y.5 I1.5 J.5
G1 Y1.5
G3 X1.5 Y2 I1.5 J1.5
G1 X-1.5
G3 X-2 Y1.5 I-1.5 J1.5
G1 Y.5
G3 X-1.5 Y0 I-1.5 J.5
G1 X0
G52 X0 Y0
G0 Y0


Thank you to all

Ray

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General Mach Discussion / Re: Locating question
« on: January 18, 2011, 10:07:18 AM »
 :o
I am working on the Demo version if I purchase Mach3 will the screen work then?

How do you know if your code is correct if you can not trust what is displayed?

I do want everyone to know that I do appreciate the help given to me on this subject.

Thank you
Ray

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