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Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: MachScreen releases
« on: December 24, 2009, 08:30:56 AM »
Yes, SP4 loaded.

Downloaded gdiplus.dll and placed in windows\system folder. Working great!

Originally got an error for pagefile.sys being too small, but it eventually loaded. Played around with it and it looks super!

Thanks for the effort!


Machscreen Screen Designer / Re: MachScreen releases
« on: December 23, 2009, 01:01:16 PM »
Does this work for Windows2000 Pro?

I'm getting an error message when starting up. Says it can find the "gdiplus.dll" file.  (The dynamic link library gdiplus.dll could not be found in the specified path.....)

General Mach Discussion / Re: Z-axis started jerky movement, x&y okay
« on: June 22, 2009, 07:55:51 PM »
Will give that a whirl!

General Mach Discussion / Z-axis started jerky movement, x&y okay
« on: June 22, 2009, 11:56:14 AM »
As stated the x and y are working fine, but the z-axis has strangely started moving with a jerky motion. Even more strange is sometimes is works smoothly and sometimes not. I can kill the power to the boards and sometimes it works fine after applying power and sometimes not. At other times I have to reboot to get it to work smoothly, and again sometimes that doesn't fix it either.

Reinstalled Mach3 to latest lockdown version (Mach3 R3.042.020). Didn't help.

I can hold down the key to move the z-axis and it will take off and run jerky and then take off and run smooth, then back to jerky.

Pulling my hair out.

Wondering if I have a board going bad?

Another piece of the puzzle is when the jerky movement occurs it's only moving exactly half the distance, i.e., tell it to move an inch and it moves half an inch.

I kept my xml file and restored it during the reinstall.

It's intermitent so it can't seem to track it down.

Any help would be apprecitated.

Thanks in advance,

Second Annual Mach3 Convention - SE   (MCSE)

Location: Lake City, Tennessee at a local "Community Center"

Dates:   February 21-22, 2009 (Saturday/Sunday)

Optional Date: February 20, 2009 (Friday) Dependant upon amount of interest in Advanced topics (i.e. OEM/Power User level stuff).

Like last year, we will have "Door Prize” drawings again during the event.

The Advanced Topics will be:

1). A "Crash Course" on C++ Plugins for Mach3
We will have a 30 year programming veteran there to go into DEEP geek-speak, plus I will show some of my own plug in work for "Practical applications" (read that as stuff you can use in the real world), (this class Will really just be going over the Plug in template, its functions, and we will make a Simple plug in with dialog, during the class, it will NOT be a C++ teaching class).

2). Advanced Flash Programming by Jason Zealous
He will be getting into deeper Action Script and possible component design. He should have his Screen IDE done by then, and will go over the use of it for Quick Development Custom Screen work.

3). "Intelligent I/O"
Interfacing Mach to PLC's and using Analog modules, HS counter modules, E-Com Modules, D-Com modules, Drop networks for multiple PLC's. (We’ll assume you already know how to program Ladder logic and we will be covering ADC products only). If time permits, we will dig into Modbus DATA/Control of multiple AC servo Drives.

4). Complex ATC M6 macros

NOTE: Only if time permits and the interest is there. The magic number will be about 20+ participants to warrant the hassle of the extra day.

If enough interest is shown to make another day financially feasible, then those that want to take the Advanced class will pay an extra $50.00 above the existing two day price.

NOTE: If you only just want the Advanced class and will not be staying for the Saturday/Sunday, then just $50.00.

Current Instructors:

Basic Mach3: Derek "Hill Billy" Ashburn
Intermediate Mach3: Scott "Poppa Bear" Shafer
Advanced Mach3: (if enough interest here).
   C++: Ed "Crazy Hair" Bryson
   Action script/Flash: Jason "Zealous" Blake (Grand master flash).
   PLC's, Modbus, Brains: Scott "Poppa Bear" Shafer

Vendors Committed to Participate:

- Tony McKenzie

TEA Machine Components - Amy

Dave Controls - Dave may be bringing some demo machine items

Requested Vendors not yet committed:

Mach3 - Brian/Art to speak this year.
Warp9 Tech Design - Smooth Stepper - Greg
Safeguard Robotics - CNC Brain - Bruce
Gecko - Mariss Freimanis
CNC4PC - Arturo Duncan
Campbell Products - Bob Campbell
PDMX - Steve
Digital Machine Magazine Reporter

 If you want to participate you will need to contact me. Please include information regarding your space needs, what you want to show, and give away as a door prize (if you want).

Other Items for Consideration:
Swap Meet:   If you guys want a Swap Meet, let me know and I will arrange some Outdoor space; you will need to bring your OWN tables.

The Facility:

The Main room will be an "Indoor Basketball court". There is NO bleacher space but, it does have about 10' of perimeter around the court.
There are only 110V outlets available, so if you plan on bringing a "Demo" machine that requires 220V or greater, you will need to bring your own generator. There aren't any 3 phase connections that I can have access to but you can bring your own power.

Legalese: Neither the city, nor myself are liable if you turn yourself into a crispy critter!

Some of you might want to bring an extra 110V Generator. If you do bring one, let me know and I will discount your entry fee. There are several wall plugs available and I think they carry enough amps to handle all the laptops and stuff. Also, please feel free to bring an extra powerstrip in case we have to share more resources than we think.

I have access to about 80 chairs and enough "Banquet Tables" to where most can sit comfortably. We have room if we need to run a class "Outside". The back door opens up to a football field complete with covered spectator awnings. Therefore, some of the classes could be outdoors, but personal generators will be needed to power those stations.

The Facility has soft drink and snack machines. It even has a little Kitchenette with a microwave.  We will NOT be doing an on-site food service this year. The individual that catered last year’s event really didn’t break even. That being said, please be advised that you are on your own for food. 

There is plenty of parking at the Community Center.

Dominos Pizza (that delivers)
Cracker Barrel
Taco Bell
La Fiesta (Great Mexican Restaurant)

I will check with the hotel by the Mexican restaurant to see if they will give a reduced convention price, but I would need to know IN ADVANCE if you plan to attend and stay with them. You would probably have to prepay for the room as well. If you don’t stay there you lose your money. Both of these hotels are small time private owned "No Checks" establishments.

RVs:  There are some rental slots by Norris Lake within the State Park which is about 15 minutes from the center.

State Parks:  The Norris and Norris Dam area are also a cool place to drop off extra passengers in your vehicle. They can enjoy the nature trails, parks, take the Norris Dam tour, etc.

Cove Lake is one exit north and has a playground and nice lake view, although in Feb, it is probably going to be cold outside.

Well Known Hotels:  There are your standard "Known" Hotels about one exit, both up and down from the Lake City Exits off of I-75.

Also check out this site:   http://www.norrislakeinfo.com

Cultural things to do in and around Lake City:
Wife Occupiers:   There is a "Wife Magnet store", oops I mean "Wally-world" one exit down toward Knoxville.

Wife and/or Family:

The Museum of the Appalachia

They would have to drive into Knoxville to do anything else like movies or more mainstream restaurants, The Evil Chucky-Cheesses, etc.  There is a relatively new "Turkey Creek" development area that you don’t EVER want your wife to find out about. It has every shopping storefront imaginable in a nice "expensive" part of town. Wife goes one way, Checking balance goes toward 0 or lower........ (You've been warned).

The proposed setup so far:
I did look at more "Professional" convention Halls in Downtown Knoxville, but the price was beyond my ability to count on my fingers and toes, so unless there were at least 500 or more people, that venue is a no-go.

We may be getting "creative" in how we do our classes. I suspect we may divide up the gym into two or three sections and try our best to not shout over each other. Depending on weather conditions (if it is NOT to darn cold), we may move some classes outside under the awnings for outdoor classes. Like the saying goes, "If you don't like the weather in East Tennessee, wait 5 minutes".

I am trying to keep a balance between space and participant cost. If I go fancier, then it runs the cost up per participant, so you may have to deal with some less than perfect "class rooms".


I will be begging Chris Scott again to run the overall "Big Picture"/MC since without compare, he made it all flow as good as it could last event.

People who would be willing to bring Projectors/screens and cameras that could hook and feed directly those same projectors to show the hardware of other thing being discussed so that those at the back of the class can also see what is going on. If you have PA equipment you're willing to bring, I will trade depending on what all you bring to lower or remove your fee to attend. (Obviously the more value you contribute the closer to zero your fee will be).

I would like:
One or two extra 110v gas operated generators with extension cords and power strips to handle overflow laptops, displays, etc. One fee waved per generator brought and it will need to at least feed 30 amps total/general.

Helpers "General":
People who could help with the flow, last minute changes, setting up the above equipment, general Flunkies, I will reduce your fee depending on what you can do, only spots for about 2-3 people here.


If you would like to give a class on a product or subject matter that would be applicable to use with Mach3, let me know and I will slot you in.

You can Email me at:  PoppaBear(at)hughes.net  for questions (replace "(at)" with "@"  ).


(rewritten by Vogavt for better readability, IMHO)

General Mach Discussion / Re: Cutter Compensation
« on: October 14, 2008, 08:18:13 PM »
I was having similar issues and by happenstance used a G90 code from within the MDI without reloading the code.

Problem went away. Give that a whirl and see if you have the same result.

Must be a bug but not sure. 

General Mach Discussion / Re: Alarm/buzzer when cutting is finished
« on: October 14, 2008, 06:18:15 PM »
I think I get it.

You're saying that I just connect the 12v positive wire from the power supply to the "VCC in" pin, connect one end of the buzzer to the NO pin, the other end of the buzzer to the ground of the power supply and use Mach to toggle the relay?

General Mach Discussion / Re: USB "Pendants"
« on: October 14, 2008, 06:13:15 PM »
Vogvat, I have something similar. The drawback with it is that windows sees it as a keyboard. I dropped it after I figured that out because i would still need my standard keyboard to edit code and enter values. With some imagination you may be able to get all the functionality you need out of it. Let us know how it goes if you persue it.


Mine work flawlessly side by side. My keyboard is a legacy model, not a usb version. Maybe that's why they are both fully functional.

General Mach Discussion / Re: USB "Pendants"
« on: October 13, 2008, 09:43:47 PM »
This thing in very configurable. You can setup any of the buttons to any keystroke you want. It will also handle combinations of keystrokes.  I've not played with the macros in Mach but if you can call a keystroke (or a combination) to invoke a macro, then this will handle it.

The utility that comes with it allows you to print out the modified configuration for whatever software you're using. It's also smart enough to know you're running Mach and to set itself up accordingly once you've launch Mach.

Amazing really.  Not sure why no one's pointed this one out before for use as a pendant.  Sometimes we humans take the hard approach, but not with this item. It's really easy to setup.

I've had mine for a while now and have never had any issues with it.

Includes an ample six foot cord.

General Mach Discussion / Re: USB "Pendants"
« on: October 12, 2008, 04:00:32 PM »
Look at the Fang Game Pad. I absolutely love mine!


http://www.sureneeds.com/fang.html  $26.99

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