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Mach3 and VCarve
« on: February 05, 2012, 12:49:21 PM »
Hey guys,
I was wondering if I could get some help from you guys I am pretty new to the cnc scene and am struggling with 2 programs.
I am a 3d printing enthusiast, so while on thingiverse.com i spotted this http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3829, and thought what an awesome thing to cut. I converted the svg to a dxf using ink scape and following a tutorial I found, then I brought the dxf into Vcarve and joined the vectors. I started to make my tool paths using an 1/8" end mill  for all parts. I tried both saving all visable tool paths to one file since I'm not changing tools as well as individually. I have been saving as mach3arc.mm and also tried mach3arc.in and just gcode.tap when i could not get the tool paths to show up .

I have tried switching commands in the general config IJ to absolute and incremental, after flip flopping them a few times some times i can get the full tool path to come up but it still displays errors at the bottom of the mach3 window.
I have attached the screen shot of mach 3 as well as the mach3arc file generated by v carve  as well as the .tap file both yield the same results.
hopefully someone can give me some help or insight. thanks in advance for reading this

http://www.flickr.com/photos/67884472@N07/6823948185/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/67884472@N07/6823994173/in/photostream

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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 01:00:23 PM »
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but it still displays errors at the bottom of the mach3 window

What are the errors??

Are you using a demo version of Mach3? It loads fine here.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2012, 01:08:18 PM by ger21 »
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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2012, 01:30:21 PM »
no demo version. it just gives me  Error: toolpath:-headparts like in the picture.

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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2012, 01:39:09 PM »
That's not an error, it's just displaying comments in the code. The same message is displayed on my screen.
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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2012, 01:49:24 PM »
Oh ok, well why cant i see the whole thing it will more than fit on my table. I just see the little bit of the blue line from the picture attached.

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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2012, 01:54:36 PM »
Can you attach your xml as well so that it can be tested with your configuration.
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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2012, 02:12:21 PM »
Hood, I believe this is what you were requesting. its the only one i know of. i was told to put this in the mach 3 folder from the gecko g540 tutorial.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2012, 02:27:21 PM by silent »

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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2012, 02:16:39 PM »
Have sent you a PM.
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Re: Mach3 and VCarve
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2012, 02:31:01 PM »
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