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General Mach Discussion / Re: Switching from Mach3 to Mach4
« on: November 18, 2019, 01:30:21 PM »

Good point “ after all I use the same machine for both purposes”

Sorry, I must have misread the post.

With the setup I now have,  fixed position laser(no mirrors) and moving 2000 # table, I would be jerking around a lot of mass to do raster work like you are doing.

I was thinking of a K40 but now thinking of building one from scratch similar to yours.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Switching from Mach3 to Mach4
« on: November 18, 2019, 02:18:17 AM »
Thanks for the input Tweakie.

I have purchased Mach4 but have not installed it yet. The machine I would install it on does 4 axis milling and laser cutting. It has an ESS.

As you may remember I was having xml corruption issues with Mach3 and chose to switch over to Mach4. Fortunately Mach3 has been stable lately.

Before installing Mach4 I decided to see what other were  saying about switching over.

I ran across this somewhat negative Mach4 post but it was 18 months old.

Was hoping to get some positive info on the update process, like “an update wizard “, I know, wishful thinking.


On one of your posting a while back you said something to the effect “laser cutting and laser raster engraving should be dedication difference machines”

I have decided to go that route and not use Mach4 for laser cutting and raster imagines on the same machine.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Switching from Mach3 to Mach4
« on: November 17, 2019, 06:35:32 PM »
Fast forward 18 months——, any new thoughts on switching from Mach3 to Mach4?

I too thought the home screen on the demo was confusing.


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Windows 10 update -- don't do it
« on: September 28, 2019, 11:02:27 AM »
 I’m surprised this popped up again, I closed it out on July 4.

Oh well, not the first time computers surprised me !!

 Still haven’t loaded the MACH4 but hope to soon


 Thanks David,   Very good video, doesn’t look that difficult to have your own custom screen

“When all said and done what I really REALLY care about is how the machine works”
I totally agree, my problem was the screen was unreadable and hard to tell exactly what the different buttons were.

I say “was” because I found when I change my display character size on windows, the MACH4 screens were readable.
I would still like to see some screen sets that others have used. The machine I am considering upgrading to MACH4 is used for CO2 laser cutting. 

Being new to MACH 4 I have not tried modifying screens yet,  but maybe I should give it a shot.


 No,   The laptop has a large screen, I don’t know the actual size —  it’s not available to measure.   

 I’ve been doing some “Poking around“ in MACH 4 and I see you can build custom screens but I would like to start out with a standard screen that doesn’t have too much data on it and is easy to read on my laptop

 I’ve got three machines with MACH 3 and I’m so a custom to the standard screen set, 

This MACH4  Standard screen  dampened my enthusiasm for switching over to 4

 Hoping to find a currently available screen set that looks more like MACH 3


 I’m considering Mach4  for a machine currently using 3.

 I loaded the trial version, and the screen is unreadable on my windows 10 laptop   

 Print too small very hard to read.

 Too much information on screen.

 I found a screen set on this forum called “simple screen” and I didn’t like it. 

 Any suggestions for being able to use a standard screen set that’s easy to read and only has typically used information on it?


General Mach Discussion / Re: Mach3 Windows 10 update -- don't do it
« on: July 04, 2019, 10:02:54 AM »
Thought I had closed this out but looks like I didn't
Problem was the wrong IP address for The ESS

General Mach Discussion / Re: m11 and m10 commands
« on: July 03, 2019, 11:09:45 AM »
Thanks Tweakie
 Great website, hadn’t seen this before.

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