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General Mach Discussion / Ahha Artisan CNC onversion to Mach4 (Ess/MB3)
« on: August 23, 2020, 05:33:29 PM »
I have a Denford Mill that is current running the dos based artisan CNC. It is PC Based and runs with a DB37 pin connection to the PC (connected to an ISA ard in the PC) thre is also a DB25 cable going to the PC's printer port.

I am assuming that the db37 is a fast connection to  control the servo's etc.

Has anyone got experience of this system??? I am hoping I can simply replace the ISA  and lpt1 with a bob (MB3) and control the servo's etc with that. Hopefully I can even just interface directly to these cables and job done??????

Any help/advice greatly appreciated


Hi I am upgrading a servo based CNC lathe to Mach4. I already have one running nicely on Mach3.

Looking for recommendations for a good motion controller that supports a real spindle encoder (a rotary encoder with 60  pulses per prev for example) also with A and B outputs.

I have an ESS on the Mach3 but at the time the ESS only supported one index for threading = has that changed?

Anyway - looking for recommendations for a board that will handle servo's and 2 pulses for threading index.


General Mach Discussion / Mach3 numberpad
« on: April 01, 2020, 12:45:02 PM »
I don't know if this is the correct place to post.

I have Mach3 set up with a USB keyboard, but I want/need to have another small numpad type key board at a different location to the main keyboard for jogging etc (basically the same as a shuttle2 without the wheel).

Do I need to write a Plugin for this or is there an easier way to do it e.g. using hotkeys or something similar?


why fixture save and tooltable save on shutting down? Why? When I change the tooltable I save it.... yet should the machine crash it loses the settings. I haver to close the app to get it top save properly..

Any ideas?

Mach3 - manual start of spindle whilst axis is moving?

When I try I hear a click but the spindle does not start - is there a setting?


As per post title.


General Mach Discussion / Homing switches - optical?
« on: April 11, 2018, 07:52:22 AM »
I have been using Mach3 a while now and realised that the mechanical homing switches are terrible. I would liike to swap them to a more accurate version, I hear optical is a good option, although they do require and extra wire and perhaps a little circuit?

Has anyone got any insight on this? Does anyone make Opto units complete and ready to go?


Mach3 turn auto screen loop increment counter???

On the auto screen (see pic attached) there is a loop counter. Is there any way to increment it when using a M98/99 loop?

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M98  P001 L43  ( -86MM - START AT Z0 )
G0 Z50.0
G0 X50.0

( Incremet loop counter here ???????)
G91 Z-2.0
G1 X37.0
G0 X42.0

When the above code runs I would like the loop counter to update so I know which increment I am at.


Is that not what this counter is for?


Bargain Basement / 2 x UC100 USB motion controller (UK Only)
« on: August 04, 2016, 09:05:50 AM »
For sale 2 x UC100 USB motion controller. Used but fully 100% working with no defects and updated to latest firmware. Surplus to requirements.

Sold WITHOUT Usb cable (uses Mini USB - not micro usb)


£50.00 each including first class recorded delivery (Posted to the UK only) - or £90 for both.

Grab yourself a bargain.

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