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General Mach Discussion / Re: Mill homing
« on: June 21, 2012, 03:18:50 AM »
Could you explain a little more on persistant Offsets and DRO's I do not understand?
 Can you set mach to 0 on start up at this page?
  I now get what you mean about the motors moving on start up, I witnessed this last night, its not a huge problem for me as I am only routing wooden parts and my gearing is quite high so from a step jump I get microns of movement.

General Mach Discussion / Mill homing
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:29:42 PM »
Is there a tick box or something similar which will make Mach 3 remember where it is from PC shutdown to restart? every time I start it Mach 3 comes to life with a completely random set of coordinates and I have to find the origin of my work every time and re zero everything.
 Eventually I will invest the time in a set of home limits but at the moment I am much too busy playing with the mill.
Mach 3 does give me a message on closing to save the fixture which I accept but this does not remember where I am, any advice would be usefull.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 Stopped working
« on: June 13, 2012, 02:27:38 PM »
Runs fine, I did take the PC to bits and had a cooling fan full of fluff, mills running behind me as I type, thanks for your help
 I will keep my eyes out for a replacement PC as I think this one is at the end of its life.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach 3 Stopped working
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:13:29 AM »
dashed home at lunch and tried what you suggested, there was no *set files in the Mach 3 folder, I reloaded Mach 3 from disc and it opened up alright, will it have kept all thee settings, I didn't have time to test it.
I will have to run it tonight to check it out.
Does this sort of think just happen?  should I keep a backup of the *set files somewhere else on the machine in case?
thanks for the steer.

General Mach Discussion / Mach 3 Stopped working
« on: June 12, 2012, 05:46:54 PM »
sorry posted this in the wrong place, earlier. try again. :-[
My problem: started Mach 3 screen came up as normal, mouse or keyboard did not work, had to restart machine with reset, started Mach 3 again got blank screen with just the ribbon at the top showing, ribbon works but no DRO has anyone seen this before? please tell me its reload Mach and smile? is the machine failing I do get a flicker as windows boots?
any help would be good, I don't know how long I can survive without my toy.
many thanks in advance.

FAQs / Mach 3 stopped working
« on: June 12, 2012, 05:20:24 PM »
I stated the machine and cracked up my mach 3, first time got the screen up but the mouse didn't work, had to reboot with reset, started Mach 3 again and got the ribbon at the top you know file edit view bla bla, but screen blank, all the ribbon works but no DRO showing or nowt, any steer would be good, do I need to reinstall Mach, is the PC failing any clue would be good.
many thanks in advance,
Regards Paul

Hello all,
I am a mechanical design engineer using solidworks within a process automation company. I have always had an interest in Cad Cam and also PLC, my lovely wife bought me a 4 axis breakout board complete with power supply and stepper motors for Christmas this year so I have built MkI of my CNC router and have it working with Mach 3 in demo mode, I will need some help getting my home switches going. I am looking forward to buying the full version of Mach 3 so I can unleash the potential of Paul4865 MkI router

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