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Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2010, 09:38:49 AM »
Ok so feedhold is essentially Pause then. got it.


What does go to Z10 do?

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Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2010, 12:03:02 PM »
Hood.. Wow wow and Wow.. Excellent control panel.. I am also planning to make one for my Mill... I just want to know what screen set you are using?... Its very beautiful and sober..
Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2010, 12:34:25 PM »
Some buttons and stuff i plan on putting on a pendant with basic controls on the motor controller box. which will be in a cabinet out of the way with the PC and just have basic controls for testing and what not with the pendant doing most of the full time work. so I will add a full array of controls for the pendant box.

 But On/Off
XYZ axis controls
Spindle on/off
Vacuum On/Off
Coolant On/Off
Start
Stop
Pause
Home
stuff like that I will add to the motor box

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Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #13 on: July 25, 2010, 02:29:20 PM »
What does go to Z10 do?

That is just a button I find handy, I have it so that when I press it the Z rises to 10mm in work coords.

Hood.. Wow wow and Wow.. Excellent control panel.. I am also planning to make one for my Mill... I just want to know what screen set you are using?... Its very beautiful and sober..

The screen on the lathe (lower pic) is just an adaption of the first mill screen I made , the one in the top pic is my next incarnation of a screen and has LEDs built into a lot of the buttons. The screensets are very personal to the machines so wouldnt be much use to others, especially the new mill one as it has a  lot of VB buttons.
I made the new screen to be mainly a one page screen so that the controls I use 99% of the time are on the one page. I have a page for my toolsetter, an unfinished Diagnostics page and a large toolpath page.
You can see a better pic of it here. http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,10331.50.html
I am quite happy to pass on the buttons folder so you can make your own up if you wish.

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Some buttons and stuff i plan on putting on a pendant with basic controls on the motor controller box. which will be in a cabinet out of the way with the PC and just have basic controls for testing and what not with the pendant doing most of the full time work. so I will add a full array of controls for the pendant box.

 But On/Off
XYZ axis controls
Spindle on/off
Vacuum On/Off
Coolant On/Off
Start
Stop
Pause
Home
stuff like that I will add to the motor box

Sounds like a nice list :)

Hood
Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #14 on: January 27, 2011, 06:40:09 PM »
So is there any other button that is Mach3 related that really should be on the front panel??

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Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2011, 06:49:36 PM »
I like my optional stop button, then of course the FRO and SRO pots but you need analogue for that.
Hood
Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2011, 06:54:15 PM »
I have a stop button planned. But im looking for anything that is imperative to have for basic Mach3 operation. anything you need quick access to. I am not familiar enough with the software or CNC machining to know.

 

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Re: Motor Controller front panel control suggestions?
« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2011, 07:04:02 PM »
I was meaning optional stop rather than stop.

Its a hard one to call, just depends on how you use the machine, might be best to make up a panel so you can add if needed once you start using it and find you would really like a button for some function.
Hood