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SmoothStepper USB / Re: Picture of your controller/SmoothStepper?
« on: April 26, 2008, 11:09:22 PM »
The board below the SS is a Hegstrom USB36 decoder. I have found this to be the most reliable and easy to use interface to simulate multiple keystrokes on the pendant or panel.

Yes I will bring it to the next BBQ


SmoothStepper USB / Re: Picture of your controller/SmoothStepper?
« on: April 26, 2008, 04:22:48 AM »
As some have been requesting a photo of the Smoothstepper installed, I offer a couple of pics. If you have any questions, just ask. BTW I only received my SS yesterday so have only done some preliminary tests, but I could double the X, Y axis speeds without any problems.
My Z axis is still running slow as I still have to counter-balance the 35 Kg head assy.

John (cnc_oz)

Mach3 and G-Rex / Re: Feed Rate Overide on G100
« on: August 27, 2007, 04:59:55 AM »
Hi Brett,
Tried that and it did not work. I must admit that I was confused as I am not using ModBus (yet) and am not trying to control a spindle.
The FRO is traditionally used to speed up or slow down the running speed of a Gcode program by manually turning a knob on a potentiometer.

Any other ideas please? There are 4 inputs under config>ports&pins>inputSignals, but I cant figure out how to configure them.

BTW, as a matter of interest, I am using analog input #1 but in the G100 monitor it shows up as item 2 varying. I did read earlier where someone said the port numbers dont match.


Mach3 and G-Rex / Re: Feed Rate Overide on G100
« on: August 26, 2007, 09:52:42 PM »
Thanks. I will try that as soon as I get home from work.


Mach3 and G-Rex / Feed Rate Overide on G100
« on: August 26, 2007, 08:22:07 AM »
Hi all,
I have one last thing to do on my G100 installation. That is to be able to use a FRO potentiometer. I connect a pot between GND and a 5V pin on the G100. The pot slider goes to Analog input 1. The G100 monitor in Mach3 indicates the input varying between 0v and 4.98v. But I cant fathom how to get the value into Mach3.
What am I missing?


General Mach Discussion / Re: Seeking another G100
« on: August 09, 2007, 01:58:13 AM »
Hi Greg,
Where are you located? Best if you tell me how much you want for it. Being a skinflint hobbyist I am likely to embarrass myself.
You can email me off-line johnvlow AT optusnet.com.au if you prefer.


General Mach Discussion / Seeking another G100
« on: August 08, 2007, 09:28:15 PM »
Hi all,
I notice with disappointment that there are members of the forum who
are giving up on their G100. I am in need of a second G100 for a test
bed, but as a hobbyist I really cannot justify buying a second G100 at
full price.
Is there anyone out there want to sell their G100 and ship to
Melbourne, Australia?

My current G100 is driving a X3 mill and except for the occasional
first time start connection problem, it seems to work OK.


Competitions / Re: ******Guess and win a G100 Grex******
« on: May 23, 2007, 08:17:40 AM »
This is a beast of a problem, so my guess is 2,666,666

Newfangled Solutions Mach3 Wizards / NewFangled Screen Size
« on: August 21, 2006, 08:19:13 AM »
Hi to all,
I have searched this forum and don't see a mention of my problem. The latest versions of the NewFangled wizards seem to be too large for my 1024 x 768 screen. It used to fit but the bottom buttons are now off screen with the newest releases.
Can I change the sizing myself?  When I try to use screen4 it asks for a password.
Alternatively I have done something stoopid...


General Mach Discussion / CMD-260 drives
« on: April 19, 2006, 07:21:46 AM »
Hi Everyone,

My system finally operational, with only a few details to complete (see photos under cnc_oz).
However I have had a bit of bad luck in that one of my controllers has died.
It is an American Precision Industries CMD-260. does anyone have any of these surplus to their
requirements and would like to sell (one or two). Please contact me off-line if you can help
(johnvlow at optusnet.com.au)

Cheers from down under,

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