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CSS with Mach3
« on: March 01, 2010, 07:45:32 PM »
Im wondering if mach3 will work with a vector drive so that I can program CSS on my lathe?
Or is there some other way to do this?

Thanks Mike ???

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Re: CSS with Mach3
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 02:13:25 AM »
If Mach is controlling your spindle well at the moment with the VFD then it should be fine with CSS. I am not sure how well CSS works however, I use the SmoothStepper and it doesnt work quite right but I am not sure if its a Mach or SmoothStepper issue.
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Re: CSS with Mach3
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 05:09:07 AM »
I think a read an earlier thread that it is completely broken in the newer releases of Mach  >:(

Phil
The Good Thing About Mach3, Is It's very Configurable

The Bad Thing About Mach3, Is It's Too Configurable
Re: CSS with Mach3
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 06:50:18 PM »
Hi,

I use CSS with Mach3 Lathe all the time.

I run a Smoothstepper currently with V015meg Plugin and Mach V3.042.037.  (I notice this morning that Mach3 R3.042.038 is released)

I tried later Smoothstepper Plugins but the all have a problem with indicating True Spindle Speed on the Mach3 DRO.  V015meg Plugin indicates accurate Spindle Speed.

As far as I can recall, CSS worked on my setup with all Mach3 variants that I have used.

I use Mach3s PWM output control to control my Danfoss VFD via a simple RC integration circuit.  Works a treat.

Here it is working.  In the Video I use CSS for the OD turning operation, then switch CSS off to perform the spot drill and drill operations, then switch CSS back on to perform the parting operation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55SLUjDg5go

Regards

Chrisjh
Re: CSS with Mach3
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010, 07:09:07 PM »
Chris maybe you could attach the plugin for some testing please

Phil
The Good Thing About Mach3, Is It's very Configurable

The Bad Thing About Mach3, Is It's Too Configurable
Re: CSS with Mach3
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2010, 10:21:01 PM »
Hi Phil,

Smoothstepper Plugin V015.meg as requested.

Regards

Chrisjh