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PoKeys / Basic input function
« on: February 07, 2014, 10:35:18 AM »
i am trying to build a control panel with a pokeys 55. Just to test I have set pin 1 and 2 as inputs, to LED 301 and 302. I have put the 2 leds on my screen. When I connect the switch to ground pin 1 or pin 2 the pokeys I/O status screen shows them work, but the leds on the screen do not change.

I  intend to test these LEDs in a macro pump and  set some DRos. My VB script does not see the LEDs change.

What am I missing?

The config screen shows pins 35,36,37 as outputs, and 35 keeps blinking. I have not configured anything on these pins, and the setup screen shows them as unused. Why are they active?

Newfangled Mill Wizard / Ideas for a new opertion- End Cut
« on: October 23, 2013, 03:36:39 PM »
In the discussion about the rectangle operation it occurred that an end  cutoff wizard might be useful. This would be for the case of putting stock that was cut on a bandsaw in the vise, then making a couple passes across the end of the stock, moving in the Y direction.

My thought is to have a screen with 4 inputs, Xstart, Xend, Ystart, Yend The right side- the Z inputs would have Ztop, Zdepth and maybe a Zstep.

The operations main cut loop would be from Ystart to Y end- this allows either climb or conventional. If multiple steps are need to Get to X end This cut loop would be repeated.

Some questions,

Do I need to allow multiple steps down in Z to reach full depth?
Do I need to make multiple steps in x to get to Xend?
Do I do the X cuts first, then step down in Z, or do I do Z first, then a X step and again do Z to depth.
Should I make the final cut at full depth in Z, to Xend and at a depth of cut of a finish amount?

I guess the first question is "Is this a useful operation"

SmoothStepper USB / Charge Pump problems
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:47:01 PM »
I am trying to set up a  Syil M4 machine. Its BOB requires a charge pump, but its on pin 9. If I run with the parallel port it works fine, but if I insert the USB SS it will not run.

Is there a problem with using pin 9?

Anyone have a Syil M4 working?

General Mach Discussion / CNC Seminar day at Cabin Fever expo
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:27:16 PM »
I went up to Brians shop today to review our plans for the CNC seminar and got a chance to see Mach4 running, and in particular the new screen designer. All I can say it is just about amazing. Mach screens will now have all the common GUI widgets, like list boxes, tabbed dialogs, images, etc. And its all integrated into one language environment, so all the gui elements share the same code. This is going to make wizard development just amazing.

See it all, Friday, April 12. Cabinfeverexpo.com

Newfangled Mill Wizard / Pointer to current version
« on: February 26, 2013, 07:46:14 PM »
Welcome to the support forum for the Mill Wizard for Mach4. I expect to keep all the support issues on this forum.  Im sure there will be reports on teh Yahoo group as well, but I will try to steer them here, because we can post photos, screen shots and code here to better explain problems

The product description page for this wizard is at http://www.newfangledsolutions.com/mill_wiz.php

The download link is the normal Mach download page, http://www.machsupport.com/downloads.php

General Mach Discussion / Newfangled wizards for Mach4
« on: December 18, 2012, 09:01:33 PM »
We are getting close to releasing the Mach4 wizards. I have 2 videos up on youtube with an introduction demo. See

and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D70-ViinAjY

Brian will be announcing the business terms in a week or two, after we get  a little alpha test experience.

General Mach Discussion / Newfangled wizards for Mach4
« on: August 31, 2012, 08:18:51 AM »
I have been writing the new Newfangled wizard set for Mach4. I currently have a few testers looking at it and a question has come up again about the strategy for depth of cut. I have opened a Poll in the Poll section of this forum to get some input on the choice. Please see http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,22319.0.html for the poll.

I have also started a topic on the wizards in the Newfangled section of this forum at http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,22320.0.html

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / Newfangled wizards for Mach4
« on: August 31, 2012, 08:06:44 AM »
I have been working on the wizards for Mach4. This is a total re-write, using C++ At the present it is a standalone program, but it will become a plug-in to Mach4.

It is great to have the full power of a real programming language to work with and has allowed me to make some interesting improvements. Among the changes:

  • you now have the choice to select a filename for the code
  • the material data has a form to edit for your preferred values
  • There is an integrated Help system
  • All of the old operations are included
  • There is a text engrave option, with font choices

Below is a screen capture of the main screen.

I will be looking for a limited number of testers son, but I would like some input on a question about depth of cut strategies. I have created a poll in the poll section of this forum. Please look at it and give me your view.

Polls / Depth of cut strategy
« on: August 31, 2012, 07:51:34 AM »
I am working on the Newfangled wizards for Mach4. I have some mixed views from the early testers about the preferred depth of cut strategy.

The user will enter a total depth of cut and a step cut amount.
 If the values result in an integer number of cuts use them- for example if the request is for .5 total cut and cuts of .1 then 5 steps of .1 will be used.

 The problem is if the values don't make an integer number of cuts- for example, request .5 total in steps of .2.

Option 1) use the requested values and let the last cut be smaller- in the example make 2 cuts of .2 then the last cut of .1

Option 2) calculate a value so that all the cuts are the same, but less than the requested increment.

Its time to start thinking about Cabin Fever Expo, January 13-15, 2012 See http://www.cabinfeverexpo.com/

This year we will be doing another seminar, with a raffle to win a KX1 milling machine from Little Machine Shop http://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=3501&category=1241045623

The seminar is titled "CNC for the model Engineer, from art to part" We will show you how to take a part drawing from a printed article or book, plan the work holding, develop the Gcode needed to run the part, then setup the mill and run the part. We will show several examples, running each one right to making the parts. We will be using Cut2D from Vectric as well as the Mach wizards to make the parts.

The Seminar will be conducted by Ron Ginger and Brian Barker.

Seating is limited to fit the classroom, so everyone will have a good view of the work, and a good chance at winning. Ticket sales are by Little Machine Shop, so visit their web for the details. Tickets are $60, with $10 of that for admission to the Expo, so with one ticket you are good for the seminar, the auction and 2 days to see the expo. Last year tickets sold out well before the seminar, so if you want to be there get your ticket early.

This year Tormach has added a great second prize of $750 worth of Tormach Quick Change tooling. Additionally there will be copies of Mach3 and Cut2d. You do not have to be present to win, so if you are simply a gambling man you can have a chance to win a mill worth over $4000 for a $60 ticket. But you would miss the Ron and Brian Show :-)

Cabin Fever Expo is always a great event, the seminar is a nice addition to let you learn something and maybe win a great prize. Someone is going home with a KX1 milling machine, complete with a Tormach PC.

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