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How about an iPad as a Mach3 Pendant?
« on: July 28, 2010, 12:46:41 AM »
How would you like to use it as a full-featured Mach3 pendant and even run G-Wizard too so you can check your feeds and speeds or do a quick calculation right at the machine?

All this when neither Mach3 nor G-Wizard can be run on the iPad. What gives? Or, how would you like to make a quick tweak to your CAM program, but it's on a machine in another room from where your PC is located? Tweak and fire up the DNC right from your iPad.

Find out how I did it here:


and you'll soon be doing this:

Sorry for the somewhat blurry photo, it was dim in my office and I was excited.  That's the new Mach Standard Mill screen set running on the iPad.

More testing needed, but for circa $12 (well, you do have to already have an iPad, but what an excuse for you to get one!), this is pretty cool. The biggest issues so far is you have to double tap the "mouse" just right to start a program, and there are no arrow keys, which Mach3 uses for jogging.  Just need a slightly updated screenset to optimize for the iPad.

A lot of folks don't like to run the Internet on their Mach3 machine. They want to keep the machine lean and mean and dedicated to Mach3 so there are no hiccups. Here's your chance to access the Internet, G-Wizard (which wants an Internet connection), and get a fancy new pendant all at the same time.


Try G-Wizard Machinist's Calculator for free:


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Re: How about an iPad as a Mach3 Pendant?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2010, 09:12:35 AM »
Thanks for sharing the heads up on that, Bob. While I'm at it, thanks for sharing everything else, too. Your site is certainly a treasure trove of information.
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Re: How about an iPad as a Mach3 Pendant?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2010, 01:59:21 AM »
For those of you who want to run Mach off a laptop you can do pretty much the same thing that Bob mentioned with LogMeIn for free. I use this program for my Home Theater and it works great. It allows you to turn on and off computer with lan and use the full keyboard. It does require Internet Access. Here is a video of the setup process.

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