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Finished Screens / Re: Mach3 2010 Screenset - Now available
« on: July 13, 2017, 10:26:38 PM »
So this may have been answered with the 52 pages of posts but could a button toggle be created to enable/disable auto tool zero so it runs first cycle of the day to set tools and then turned off for the rest of the day or when a bit is changed?

General Mach Discussion / Re: Rotary Setup / Feedrate questions
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:50:19 AM »
But can't you tell Aspire to use different feed rates for moves with and without the A axis? Surely!

I have not seen that setting but it might be more a function of the post so i will definitely find out.

Thank you for getting me on the right path,


General Mach Discussion / Re: Rotary Setup / Feedrate questions
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:19:19 PM »
Oh wow so yes that explains it....yes it looks like about 20 rpm.....in the program I just have an feed line with a and y at a rate of 7000(thought it was ipm but I see that is not the case).  So next question is how to post a file from aspire when using the rotary and straight line moves together?  Machine won't move x y or z axis at that federate.

Thanks again

General Mach Discussion / Re: Rotary Setup / Feedrate questions
« on: July 12, 2017, 08:33:23 PM »
Ok well I guess I should have specified the MDI command was a rapid move but either way it's one revolution.  The other moves in the program are feed moves at a rate of 7000 inches per min. with the feed rate over ride set at 250 so something is obviously set wrong.  I just don't know what it is beyond the radius option.  I will try .062 version to see if that makes a difference.  The 75,000 and 25,000 seem absurdly high but that's what it took to get reasonable speeds on the a axis when jogging.

General Mach Discussion / Re: Rotary Setup / Feedrate questions
« on: July 12, 2017, 04:18:51 PM »
Would a video help?

General Mach Discussion / Rotary Setup / Feedrate questions
« on: July 11, 2017, 10:31:41 PM »

I setup a 4th axis on a china cnc 3040 cnc.  Everything is working after replacing all of the electronics and building a new control case to fit everything in.  I have 10 steps per unit and 75000 and 25000 in the motor tuning page.  I command A 360 in MDI and get 1 revolution and decent speeds when jogging so it seems all is well but when i run a program with a and y together at a feed of 100 the axis are barely moving (like 1 min to move 1/8 of an inch).  I currently have a feed rate of 7000 with FRO set at 250 to get a 'normal' speed.  Is there another setting somewhere that needs to be turned on?  mach 3 version .066 running through parallel port and setup units are in inches and program is inches.  Also i have set the federate to radius option under tool path and set radius to 1 inch on the settings page.



Finished Screens / Re: Mach3 2010 Screenset - Now available
« on: July 07, 2017, 01:30:06 PM »

I have a question about the auto tool zero and or simple tool zero.  I have a router with quick change but not fully automated (midwest rapid tools).  Generally i have all the tools set on top of my spoilboard and once they are set stay set but have recently made a touch plate and a simple macro to set the tool length (not offset z in active fixture offset).  Anyway if the tools are set before hand will they always go through the probing routine when the program is run or can that function be turned off but still move to the tool change location?


General Mach Discussion / Re: Auto Zero and Tool Length Zero
« on: July 05, 2017, 01:11:58 PM »
Thanks guys that is very helpful.  I will play with this and see how it goes.  If i want to set a tool length every time i change tools then i just add this information into my m6.start macro?  I have a router with a tool changer so i usually keep my tool lengths set but i am considering changing to a manual change spindle which would make this very useful.



General Mach Discussion / Auto Zero and Tool Length Zero
« on: July 04, 2017, 01:18:24 PM »

I have tried several Macro's in order to achieve auto tool length zero but they always zero the fixture offset zero and not the tool zero.  I am putting the various macro's in the vb button Auto Tool Zero (this seems to indicate that it would set the tool length and not the fixture offset).  Here is a simple macro i have tried.....  

Message( "Auto Zeroing..." )
If IsSuchSignal (22) Then
code "G31 Z-3 F20"
While IsMoving()
Call SetDRO( 2, .060 )
code "G1 Z1"
End If

Will i need 2 touch plates?  All i would like to do is have all the fixture offsets at zero and hit the auto tool zero button and have the length set from machine home (z in the highest position).  It would be nice to set the fixture offset to table height and then have positive tool length offsets but I wanted to start with the simple stuff first.  What in the above code can i change to set the active tool offset in the tool information window?  I may be overthinking it but it seems that i could enter 3 in the tool information window load tool 3 in the spindle and hit auto tool zero and it shoiuld zero tool 3 tool length offset but every macro i have found zero's the z fixture offset that is active.  Is this a function of the M31 probe routine?

I am considering buying a screenset from CNC woodworker but i think it works the same way as what i have now.

Thank you in advance,


Nice screws and wow what a bargin.  I would imagine the mach 3 lathe will run as well as the mill.

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