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General Mach Discussion / Re: Hour Meter DRO
« on: May 04, 2012, 11:06:01 AM »
Yes to Subroutine question

No, mine stopping at different times depending on code being used.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Hour Meter DRO
« on: May 03, 2012, 08:20:27 PM »
I seeing the same issue and have been asking around but it appears to be an issue with Mach3 for sure.  The odd thing is, at least what I've discovered is the run time is almost identical to the simulated time yet on my runs the time is actually much longer in real time.

To clarify a little more, the simulation time appears to be way off and that number is also about where the clock seems to be stopping during the real run.

One other thing, if this is the case, how can we be certain the runtime on our tool life or other metrics we should be keeping up with.

*****VIDEOS***** / Re: Vinyl cutting.
« on: April 02, 2012, 10:50:12 PM »
Great video!
Could you point me to some sort of guide/pdf for making the spring loaded mount you're talking about? I suppose you have a link for where to find the inexpensvie Chinese blade holders too?
Thanks in advance,

General Mach Discussion / Re: which software package to purchase
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:17:34 PM »
Try this free program http://www.gsimple.gr/
It is relatively quick / easy to learn and will teach you all the basics for free.

Once you are making stuff then you can start looking around.


I think you meant http://www.gsimple.eu/

General Mach Discussion / Re: CNC Dictionary
« on: January 02, 2012, 12:02:34 PM »
I thought about a spreadsheet too, but wasn't certain everyone would have or need that type of software.
Most folks have at the minimum a word processor of sorts and hyperlinks can be created there.

Great idea on point a link. I would go for a brief description then have a link called "More Info".
The downside is that if you wanted to print the document you'd lose the ability to reference external material.
My two pennies...


General Mach Discussion / Re: Using Oscilloscope with Mach3
« on: January 01, 2012, 03:47:56 PM »
Thanks for the responses.

Don't need another "pretty" boat anchor around.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Using Oscilloscope with Mach3
« on: December 31, 2011, 05:42:24 PM »

Okay, so back to the original thought. I've seen several questions/comments posted here about problems and someone stated "if you have an oscope you could see..." or "hook up your oscope and look for ....".

Again, not much to go on since the replies don't typically give anything much in detail

So, per your comment, let's look at something specific: let's say I'm missing steps.

How and where would I connect the probe from the oscope to see whether it's a board issue or software?

General Mach Discussion / Re: CNC Dictionary
« on: December 31, 2011, 11:01:45 AM »
Active Lo
Active Hi
Active Plane
Arc Motion
Axes (define X, Y, Z, A, B & C in planes)
Canned Cycles
Charge Pump
Chip load
Clamping (see Work Holding)
Cutter Compensation
Digitizing Probe
Distance Mode
DRO's (Digital Readouts)
Edge Finding
Guard Interlocks
Home Swithes
Initialization String
Limit Switches
Machine Zero
MDI (Manual Data Input)
Modal Groups
Motor Tuning
Rotary Table
Slaved Axis
Software Limits
Step and Direction
Tangential Control
Work Holding Devices
Work Offset

Should be a good start for anyone wanting to take on the daunting task. I would but I can't at the moment or even for the next few days.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Using Oscilloscope with Mach3
« on: December 31, 2011, 10:18:51 AM »
Thanks for the tip!

Has anyone put together any sort of document that spells out clearly something to the effect of "connecting probe here and here will allow you to and look for ..."? I would think that would be a very useful piece of information.

My only thoughts are not everyone is using the same BOB's, etc., which miight muddy the water. However, if there is knowledge of commonalities between board's pins then it might be a starting point.

Treat me like a newbie when it comes to this..



General Mach Discussion / Using Oscilloscope with Mach3
« on: December 31, 2011, 12:32:29 AM »
I know very little about oscopes but have used them some at a former job.

I've searched through many threads that popped up from the search feature here in the forum as to what and how one could use them, where to connect the probes to obtain various readings, etc. to compare to what is shown in Mach, i.e., what is actual versus expected.

However, I didnt' find much information regarding such; only things like "if you have an oscope you could see..." or "hook up your oscope and look for ....".

I think they are fascinatiing tools but just don't know where to start if I were to purchase one.  My main reason for wanting one is to know where and how to look for possible lost steps or anything else someone would care to share with me.

Any insight would be most appreciated!


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