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Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« on: January 05, 2010, 10:45:15 AM »
I am using the standard screens set up in Mach3 adn when I start to run a program the tool is moving and it shows light blue dots not a green line as in Mach3 how can I change this so I can see the tool on te work piece?

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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 11:13:14 AM »
It will depend on the feedrate you have, also whether your code has longish lines or very short lines. If your code is made of lots of small  segments then you will see green dots. This is due to the graphics update and not much you can do about it except for wait until Rev4 as it should be much better in that respect.
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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2010, 12:40:41 PM »
thank you for the rresponse, I was hoping for better but understand.  I do have some long lines but they too show dots not a solid line.  You can sort of see where the tool had been but it's difficult.  I guess nothing that can't be dealt with.

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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2010, 01:13:14 PM »
I've seen both the dots, and the full green line. Seems like they occur with different versions of Mach3??
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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2010, 02:03:59 PM »
What feedrates do you have when you are seeing the dots?
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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2010, 02:28:10 PM »
I am usually running between 50 and 100......... never higher than 100 and for a clean cut usually 50.  I have never seen a green line only the dots.  I have the latest version of Mach3 the one just released  I think 2.64 or so.

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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2010, 02:34:57 PM »
2.64 is well over a year old. I'm running 3.42.20 on my machine, and have 3.43 on this PC, and both have solid green lines. I haven't seen the dotted lines in a long time, but I have seen them on older versions.
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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2010, 02:41:06 PM »
Sorry, just checked and I am running Version R3.042.032 I think I may have been confused with mach2 anyway this is the version giving me the dots.  Both copies the release prior to this one and this one both do the same.

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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2010, 02:43:28 PM »
Can you attach your xml and your code and I will have a look and see what happens here.
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Re: Mach3 Tool Path Screen
« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2010, 02:46:19 PM »
I can send the code what is the XML?