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Mach4 General Discussion / Re: G76 threading cycle bug ?
« on: March 06, 2017, 06:59:47 PM »
Please see the G76 documentation in the Lathe user's manual.  The K word (for 2 block style G76) takes 1 to 4.  The canned cycle wizard is most likely labeled wrong. 


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: How does G31 Behave?
« on: March 03, 2017, 06:57:04 PM »
Probing is a motion controller function.  All it is to Mach is a regular feed move.  So the first thing I would check is to make sure that the motion controller supports probing and if it does, how to set it up.  For instance, on a Galil, the probe has to be wired to inputs 1, 2, 3, and 4.  Then we map one of those inputs to the Probe signal in Mach.  The probe signal is there just for diagnostics purposes.  Just so the user can jiggle the probe and see the LED flash.  

But back to your question of solving the problem.  Yes, a G31 would be a good way to do it.  It is called a "protected move".  


Man, you sure know how to win friends and influence people! 


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Preload-Tool Macro
« on: March 03, 2017, 06:35:27 PM »
Nice!!!  I love it when a plan comes together.  Can you feel the powah?!?!  :)

You gotta love those Hurcos! 


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Offset image in tool path window
« on: March 03, 2017, 04:38:09 PM »
Yes.  If you want to set multiple fixture offsets, say G54, G55, G56, and G57, and don't want to constantly regen the tool path for each one.  Or just setting the G54 X, Y and Z offset one at a time.  Do you want the tool path to regenerate three times?  Or just once by pressing a button after you set all of the offsets?

The screen is flexible enough so that you can make it do whatever you want.  There is nothing set in stone.  However, it is setup for normal workflow by default. 


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Tools values not changing
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:14:16 AM »
Executing "T0101 M6" will change the tool number.  M6 does the magic.  T by itself does nothing but set the selected tool.  e.g. the tool M6 will make active. 


Two options here:

1. Use the time based waits.
2. Use VFD outputs.

For #1, you must enter the spindle ramp times in the Spindle tab for each range.  Range 0 is the default range. 
For #2, if your VFD has output for "at speed" and "at zero", simply wire them to an input on your controller or I/O device.  Then map those inputs to the ISIG_AT_SPEED and ISIG_AT_ZERO signals.


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: UC100 Mach4 Lathe G83 fail
« on: February 28, 2017, 06:47:20 PM »
What build are you running?  Also, I tested your G code and it ran flawlessly under Sim and Galil.  I wish I had a uc100 to test with, but I don't.  :(


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: Hobby/Industrial and Profiles
« on: February 28, 2017, 03:03:36 PM »
In your case, you can use either one, hobby or industrial.  If your PC on a machine with the industrial license that goes bonkers, we will work with you.  The main intent on the industrial licensing is that we would like to have 1 license per machine.  If your PC on that machine went bonkers and is no longer operational and you had to throw another PC on it, that would not be a conflict.

You say you don't need macro B, but you may like it.  Never know unless you try it.  :)  

You can move a Hobby profile to Industrial.  And then you can add in the industrial features to that profile.  However, once you do that, you really can't move that profile back to Hobby because the industrial features that you used simply won't be there anymore.  But about the only thing that happens is the industrial features disappear from the profile, so no biggie.  

If you have several machines, then I would think about putting industrial on you most capable machine and hobby on all of the rest.  You got it, might as well use it.  :)

As to copying the profile, if you package it up, then everything needed to run that profile is included (screen set, macros, tool table, parameters, etc...) with the exception of custom files that may be in the Modules directory.  


Mach4 General Discussion / Re: UC100 Mach4 Lathe G83 fail
« on: February 28, 2017, 02:41:08 PM »
Well, it is a bit different from M3 to M4.  In fact, I really want for people to get the idea that comparing Mach 3 to Mach 4 is really like comparing apples to oranges.  They are both machine controllers (fruit), but that is about the extent of it.  Plugins differ tremendously on how they operate between Mach 3 and Mach 4.  And the differences between Mach 3 Turn and Mach 4 Lathe are even more stark.

I'm not saying you should not ask for help here at all.  And I'm not dismissing the problem either.  I wanted to know if it runs with Sim on your machine.  It works fine on my machine, but I may have a different setup.  If Sim produces the same error on your machine as the uc100 does, then I would know there is something different between our two setups and the we can start digging further.  My goal was to help you.  I know that Sim doesn't even cut air very well.  :)  But trying Sim is a very important step in the diagnostics process.  That was the point that I was trying to convey.  Maybe I should do better with my communications too!