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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: The great screen debate
« on: February 29, 2016, 08:44:47 PM »
Hi. I am trying to modify my Mach4 screen and I have a couple questions for the pros.

First, I use touch screen so I would like to have buttons for the FRO controls instead of the slider that comes on the stock screen. I was able to create the buttons but I don't see where I can map them to the FRO Increase, Decrease, Reset, etc. 

Second is I would like to add a Zero All Axis button but again I can't find where to map this.

It seems that the screen editor got changed in the last couple of months and I can't quite find what I'm looking for. Maybe there is documents for it somewhere?

 Thanks Brian

General Mach Discussion / Re: How does m code control plasma?
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:21:32 PM »
If you have the arc-ok signal connected to Mach3 it should hold for that signal to activate before motion. It will only hold for arc-ok if the THC is turned on in Mach.

Stirling, I'm sorry I came across as downplaying your advice! I see through your answer. It just frustrates me when I have a THC that is commanding movement and it gets blamed for the non movement problem because it was cheap! BTW I am not going to promote this THC, and have intentions to upgrade as time allows. I do not have a vendetta against you, just my problem in general! Peace! Brian

Sorry, it was not my intention to divert the thread! I was just just trying to gain some help from someone who claims to have the answers. BTW I have started the subject before and gained little help! Thanks for any input! I will be on my way!

Please Stirling,
If you have the knowledge and insight then explain to me a problem that nobody has been able to answer. If a program is running and the THC up or down command is given Mach3 will not move Z. Sometimes if I pause the program then resume it will work the rest of the code. 9 out of 10 times tho it doesn't work to the point where I don't even expect it to! I would love to have somebody tell me what is wrong! Thanks, Brian

I'm somewhat new to Mach3 so I don't know all the specifics. But from my experience and research it seems the built in Mach3 THC logic is erratic and somewhat difficult to get to work reliably. So, in reading info on other brand THC it seems that the ones with a dedicated plugin would be the most responsive and reliable. I also look for a system that is built and supported by a real person that I can talk English to if I have issues. ;)

General Mach Discussion / Re: CNC Workshop 2015
« on: January 02, 2015, 08:21:39 AM »
I would love to attend! Will plan on it if my schedule is clear at that time! I would be interested in learning more about CNC plasma. Example, how to deal with plasma interference issues, how to optimize Mach3 for THC ect. Seems like plasma users are in the minority  :-\

Since I installed the ESS I have had THC working. However, lesson#2; don't use cheapo THC either! I have a Proma which work whenever it feels like it. I am planning to install a THC from Texas Microcircuits, as soon as time and money allows.

Get the Ethernet Smooth Stepper. The best option for the money & you can keep the 64bit OS. For what it's worth, don't buy a cheapo USB motion controller! It won't support THC! The Smooth Stepper does support THC.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Has anyone used a Cmore touchscreen with Mach3
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:52:20 PM »
I can't answer your question on that particular screen, but if you are just looking for touch screen control here's what works for me. I built my own steel enclosure and fastened a Dell 2020 All-in-one with Capactiive touch, to the inside of the front panel. I used 3M automotive molding tape to fasten it. Works beautiful! Thanks, Brian

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