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Galil / DMC-2030 USB setup help needed
« on: July 24, 2010, 04:49:10 PM »

I just bought a Galil DMC-2030 and am trying to get Windows (both XP and 7) and Mach3 to recognize it.  At present Windows Device Manager shows (see attached pic):
under "Universal Serial Bus Contollers"...
-- "Generic USB Hub"
under "Other Devices"...
-- ("!") "NET2888 USB Interface Controller"
I've installed the v7 drivers (I think) by running dmcdriverdll02.exe and dmcsmartterm02.exe and also Galil.m3p but the result in Mach3 is "Galil Card not connected!!"
I've also toggled the USB switch on the unit, but still no luck.  Any help is much appreciated!

Galil / Re: DMC-2030 for lathe
« on: July 17, 2010, 01:50:16 PM »
This is awesome news!...  I just bought a DMC-2030 on the hopes that moving to an industial quality control system will be an improvement. Thanks and I'm staying tuned in.

btw - If the 2030 works for me I'll be moving up to the 4040 right away.

Wonderful and Awesome!!  Your concept for using the Xbox controller as a pendant and your design and engineering of the plugin make for a hassle-free and enjoyable setup.  In use the Xbox controller is responsive and has enough surface area (sticks, switches, etc.) to provide extended remote control of my large format CNC Router.
Anyone reading this should give the Xbox controller a try... I had tried profusely to get Pokeys/PoPendant 1 to work well and the reality is their interface is not up to the job of running a pendant on my machine and the latency was just scary at times.

I do have a question; I'm wanting a controller that has the smoothest and most progressive feel in its sticks. Which brand/model controller do you recommend (Microsoft, MadCatz, etc.)?

Thank you very much!

PoKeys / Re: PoKeys Version 10.0 plugin released!!!
« on: April 23, 2010, 12:54:19 PM »
Where's the download!?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tripped limit faults axis stepper driver
« on: March 23, 2010, 12:16:00 PM »
Sounds right!  Thanks for the help on this!!  Yes, the Gecko G203 stepper driver has a terminal named "Disable", there is also a drive fault/error mode.  It may be that the 'back EMF' from the stepper causes the driver to fault.  The G203 Disable terminal also serves as the fault reset, the other way to reset is powering down for a few seconds.

Case closed  8) and thanks again!

General Mach Discussion / Re: Tripped limit faults axis stepper driver
« on: March 23, 2010, 07:13:05 AM »
Yes, soft limits are a good idea, I will try that too. Thanks!  I did learn of something new to add... I have a SmoothStepper in the mix and I noticed that when the limit switch is triggered I hear a short Z-I-N-G from the stepper as though it is stalling.  Since these are big neam 42 steppers it's a pretty scary sound  :o  I am familiar with stalling on the way up (in RPM) but not on deceleration.  Could this be the SmoothStepper issue?

General Mach Discussion / Tripped limit faults axis stepper driver
« on: March 23, 2010, 12:28:26 AM »
I've just hooked up some NPN Proximty Sensors as limit switches and when the moving (Y) axis trips the sensor Mach3 (latest version) responds as expected with "limit triggered" message and Mach3 state change to Reset mode.

The bad thing that happens is that the (Y) axis stepper motor driver (Gecko G203V) goes into "fault" mode which takes it offline as far as Mach3 is concerned.

Any ideas on how to keep Mach3 from faulting the driver?


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Spindle/VFD plug-in - Interested?
« on: June 11, 2009, 02:56:25 PM »
Absolutely!  I have a Delta VFDs and I would love to know motor draw/load and RPM drop to help make better cuts. Like most most I rely on specific experience with materials and tools and also the sounds the tool is making during a cut... this is good, but measured info would really tell me if I can afford to spped things up.

btw - spindles are Perske 3hp @ 24k rpm and Colombo (w/ATC) 10hp @ 24k rpm.

Video P*r*o*b*i*n*g / Re: MachCloud point viewer program
« on: June 19, 2008, 02:34:19 AM »
Thanks a bunch Sid!  When I saw your pipewrench shot I noticed that even though topographically cobby the proportions looked good. Plus you mentioned being 2" short out of 32", which is more good news.

I look forward to learning the plugin settings you have.  With this plugin it seems trusting in science isn't a practical strategy.  ;D  BTW- I do the Rhino thing too, and also Solidworks. A/D (aka- reverse engineering) is a real time burner for me. If I can get this plugin to work @ 80% or better I'd be stoked.

I'm doing the 90 deg setup now and the results are poor in a variety of ways.  Do you have any before/after scans to share that came out well?


Video P*r*o*b*i*n*g / Re: MachCloud point viewer program
« on: June 19, 2008, 12:34:11 AM »
Hi Sid,

I've been working with the plugin off and on for a while now but can't get dimensionally good results. I can get detail just not proportions that are usable.

Can you share with me your Scan setup...
-Laser angle to object
-Camera angle to object
-Camera distance to object
-Camera Model/Spec

Also, any plugin settings you can share would be awesome.


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