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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Mach 4 Touch button problems
« on: February 14, 2017, 08:25:41 PM »
Check the LED window to see if the probe is already active. I had a short in the wires and the probe was activated when I tried to do a tool height set.

my 2 cents,

Mach4 General Discussion / Sound on completion of a Gcode file
« on: February 14, 2017, 08:20:53 PM »
Is there a way I can have a buzzer / sound on the completion of a Gcode file. I am around the shop doing other things and would love to have a sound played when the Gcode is finished. Perhaps even it could be configured to play a .wav file...


My graphics card is 4095mb however, I am running two displays off of the card. Should that make a difference? I have one beside the computer where I can do a lot of work needing the keyboard and the other is a touch screen beside the machine for doing motion control. I can throw the screens between the two monitors.

Hoy and Pedio, do your PCs specs meet the minimum requirements (particularly the graphics card)? If not, expect such issues with large Gcode files. Note: There is no limit for GPU RAM but the larger the Gcdoe files, the more you need.

Also, why use a laptop? Not that you can't, but since the PC controlling Mach should be a dedicated PC (with no apps loaded non-essential to Mach particularly antivirus) I have never been able to come up with a reason to use a laptop.

I have a HP desktop that is dedicated to running the machine. What are the minimum specs and I will check. Let me know hot to check the graphics card.

I have been having the same problem. Mine is with a laser. The files get very big when you are trying to fill in an area with the laser. Each line is .005" separation and there are LOTS of lines. What interface board are you using?

The machine runs fine with smaller files.

Our standard practice is to flycut the spoilboard every shift, this would be your 1.5 MDF table in your case, and then touch off the tools in the changer. this way the operator knows where the machine is at.  It takes us about 2.5 maybe 3 minutes to flycut .015 off the spoilboard and another 4 or 5 to touch off the tools. This is on a 63x145 inch table.  If flycutting is not possible then I would recommend scrapping the MDF and laminating 2 pieces of .75 Baltic Birch and finishing the bottom and edges.

Brian - Are you saying to use Baltic Birch plywood? I have thought of putting plywood under the MDF to keep it from sagging in between the ribs.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Copy DRO to external display
« on: December 04, 2016, 01:16:48 PM »
I was wrong - it did not have a DRO. Here is the separate jog window. I don't use this any more since I have the ShuttlePro over by the machine. Also, I installed a separate touch screen monitor ($99 on ebay) by the machine and I use actual multiple monitors to use a key stroke to move the M4 screen over to the second screen. I programed the ShuttlePro with the keystorke combo and now I can move the M4 screen between monitors. Actual Multiple Monitors resizes the screen to the monitor when it moves it.

Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Copy DRO to external display
« on: December 04, 2016, 12:29:30 PM »
I forgot who did it but they made a separate jog panel for a second display. I think it had DROs on the jog panel. You might want to look through the forum.

I use the shuttlepro. Support is built into M4. Very flexible!

I have a similar problem only with the table of the CNC. It is made of 1.5" MDF supported by 4" steel beams. When the humidity changes the edges of the table swell just a little causing the piece to not be flat. This is especially a problem when I use a v-bit instead of a standard mill. While I could plain he table every day, it is not realistic. A way of surveying and adapting for the table would be very nice to have. I know most 3d printers have this functionality built into the software. It automatically touches at several places on the table and adapts accordingly.

I know this is a little off topic but I thought it was related enough to post here.

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