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We'll come to find out I don't have an issue, well besides me. I was remembering incorrectly
how Mach handled an eStop on my machine.

Sorry for the noise.


General Mach Discussion / Mach3 w/smoothstepper and EStop issue...
« on: June 05, 2017, 06:51:20 AM »
I'm trying to finalize my SmoothStepper install with Mach3 and an "existing" profile. The eStop was working fine but now the physical eStop is works but the software eStop in Mach is not working.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix this?

I'm seeing the following in the History log when starting Mach and hitting the Estop:

Mon - 06:49:09 ---Program Startup
Mon - 06:49:10 ---ReConfiguration Estop.
Mon - 06:49:13 ---Application Watchdog Triggered
Mon - 06:49:32 ---Limit Switch Triggered
Mon - 06:49:35 ---command killed due to buffer error.


I went with the smoothstepper... I hope this wasn't a mistake?


Thanks for the post.. in my case I was only milling a test piece but by the time I looked up the Z axis had already missed and was headed for a crash.

I'm thinking a smooth stepper is the way to go.. I'll just have to bite the bullet and fork out the dough for confidence sake.


It appears that I'm going to need to either downgrade my PC or purchase an external (USB, Ethernet) controller. I'm leaning toward the ethernet controller...

Is there anything that is recommended from ArtSoft in regard to makes and models to purchase?


Thanks Rich, Gerry is an extremely knowledgeable contributor to both forums I listen when he types...

So, since this is a CPU cycle issue.. are there recommendations for the best possible setup? Gerry says he's running a Pentium III without issue how far back in time do I need to go for a stable setup, RAM, CPU, etc.?


I've been struggling with lost steps with Mach3 and a post by one of the members at CNC Zone has informed me that he believes my problem is with using the PC at the same time that Mach is running a job.


In my test case I was running a 1.3hr job and at the same time I was on the internet after - about 50 minutes into the job my Z axis lost steps, significantly, nearly .75"

Can anyone confirm this problem and if so how do I maximize the chances of a successful run for long jobs?

I'm specifically looking for ways to shutdown services and applications in the OS (Windows 7) to increase the chances... also, will a multi-core CPU and or memory have any impact on this phenomenon?



General Mach Discussion / Re: Ports and Pins and Homing - G540
« on: February 04, 2017, 08:26:01 PM »
Ok great!

Thanks for the insight, I assumed that was the idea but hoped to verify my suspicions.


General Mach Discussion / Ports and Pins and Homing - G540
« on: February 04, 2017, 10:24:38 AM »
So I have a question that I'm looking to understand how this is currently working with my setup...

I have my limit switches wired in series for X/Y/Z and a I have a slaved motor on the X Axis (A) which is wired independently, they are using 2 inputs on my G540.

On the Configuration/Ports and pins page I have X,Y and Z on Pin 1 on my G540 (Input) and the A Axis on Pin 2 (Input). see attached

This is working perfectly but I'm trying to understand just exactly how the machine knows how to home itself?

I realize that my X Axis is squaring itself based on the X/A Axis and that is the need for having them on separate input pins. Since X,Y and Z are wired in series, tripping any of the Axis opens the circuit so how does it know when the other Axis are homed since the circuit is now open?



Can I run a manual test with my current setup that zeros the x axis but instead use comforter x and y?

That should read "...zeros the x and y axis..."

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