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Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: How to- USB powered LCD display of DRO`s
« on: November 07, 2011, 09:00:28 PM »
get a larger display. 4x20 is the size of the gravitech unit. Should be able to have all of that on there as it is. The Sure Electronics display I could not get working. It requires something that I didn't get figured out. I ordered a gravitech unit to replace it. The command sequence for the gravitech and the LCD Smartie display's are totally differant.

Show"N"Tell ( Your Machines) / Re: How to- USB powered LCD display of DRO`s
« on: November 02, 2011, 11:36:55 PM »
I have to report that I could not get this particular  display working at all. Oh Well back to the drawing board. I ordered the gravitech board. The display I have should work with it.

General Mach Discussion / Re: LCD display
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:29:14 PM »
If init=0 Then
   SendSerial Chr(254) & "X"
   SendSerial Chr(254) & "G" & Chr(1) & Chr(1) & " X:"
   SendSerial Chr(254) & "G" & Chr(1) & Chr(2) & " Y:"
   SendSerial Chr(254) & "G" & Chr(1) & Chr(3) & " Z:"
   SendSerial Chr(254) & "G" & Chr(1) & Chr(4) & " A:"
   setVar(1001, init+1)
   setVar(1000, 0)
end if

General Mach Discussion / Re: LCD display
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:28:42 PM »
Got it from Sure Electronics. It's called a LCD Smartie Kit. There's a couple of versions of it, I got version II of it.


I need to send raw char strings to the device instead of waht the other code from here uses. I might have solved the problem, I'll see what happens after this reboot. Currently my serial port is in "use" according to winblows.

General Mach Discussion / Re: LCD display
« on: October 28, 2011, 07:53:14 PM »
It's a USB serial device. The device shows up as Com5. Mach was actually seeing the device and sending information to it. I just need to be able to send the proper string's to it.

General Mach Discussion / LCD display
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:09:26 AM »
I purchased a LCD Smartie recently which I hope to use for DRO display as well as other information. Here is the code I'm having trouble with
It seems that I need to send raw characters to the device in order to drive it. The example I found in one of the other boards here, does not work for me. The block that I've been working on is in the "If init-=0 .... endif" section.
I'm working from the driver software for the matrix DLL which works using LCD Smartie

procedure TLCD_MO.setPosition(x, y: Integer);

Chr(254) is 0xFE


If init=0 Then

   SendSerial _
      Chr(254)"G"Chr(0)Chr(0)" X:" & _
      Chr(254)"G"Chr(0)Chr(1)" Y:" & _
      Chr(254)"G"Chr(0)Chr(2)" Z:" & _
      Chr(254)"G"Chr(0)Chr(3)" A:" & _
      setVar(1001, init+1)
      setVar(1000, 0)
end if

if cnt=10 then
     setVar(1000, 0)
    SendSerial _
    "¦30" & Format (Getdro(0) , "+000.0000;-000.0000") & _
    "¦31" & Format (Getdro(1) , "+000.0000;-000.0000") & _
    "¦32" & Format (Getdro(2) , "+000.0000;-000.0000") & _
    "¦33" & Format (Getdro(3) , "+000.0000;-000.0000")
    setVar(1000, cnt+1)
End If   

My name is Colten. I'm just starting to look at building a 4x4 table from extrusion. I've purchased my motors and a G540 along with some other electronics. Soon, I'll start ordering aluminum from Faztek (cheaper than ordering from the states). I make signs in vinyl and want to start branching out into CNC sign making, engraving as well as sandblasting.. I know there will be a learning curve with the CAD and CAM software, but I think I'm upto the challenge.

I wonder if the following would work. Price is right.


Reads like it is very similar to the gravitech board. guess I'll just have to order one and check it out.

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