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text engraving help
« on: March 22, 2012, 04:42:09 PM »
Hi all,

I admit I don't know what I'm doing but very willing to learn.  I'm simply trying to engrave some text in some aluminum.  Here is what I'm doing:

using mach3 wizard - Text Engraving v4
I have written the g code for what I want engraved and clicked run and it runs fine but I have no z axis control/movement.
On the text engraving page it will not allow me to enter any values for the rapid height, zero, or depth of the z axis.  (actually it won't let me enter ANY values for anything.  Just asks for feed rate, height and spacing after I click write) When I change the value to what I want it goes back to zero when I click something else.

Like I said, I've moved my cutter to the starting point (bottom left of workpiece).  Paper off of work piece and zeroed everything out.  Click run and it traces good, just no z axis movement because I can't enter any values.

Any help on what I'm doing wrong?  Thanks for your time, James

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Re: text engraving help
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2012, 05:03:26 PM »
Don't use the wizard much at all.... but  you need to input a tool ( try 0 if you don't have any in the tool table, pick a font, and clicking write for it to post code. Make sure you fill in all the inputs.......should work.  ;)
RICH
Re: text engraving help
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2012, 05:11:17 PM »
James,
  Anytime you enter a value to a DRO, you MUST hit the ENTER key before clicking anything else.
Might be your prob.
Re: text engraving help
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2012, 06:17:55 PM »
Thank you both VERY much.  Yep, Enter key was the trick.  Works like a charm now.  Thanks agan, James

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Re: text engraving help
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2012, 10:25:52 PM »
Thanks Brett, forgot about the enter key. ;D
RICH
« Last Edit: March 22, 2012, 10:31:21 PM by RICH »

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Re: text engraving help
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2012, 04:07:54 AM »
Thanks Brett, forgot about the enter key. ;D
RICH

Oh Russ that must hurt ;D
Hood

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Re: text engraving help
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2012, 04:55:02 AM »
 ;D

That was meant for Russ I think. 

Brett
;D If you could see the things I have in my head, you would be laughing too. ;D

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Re: text engraving help
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2012, 06:27:08 AM »
Maybe I am confused.... >:D
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« Last Edit: March 23, 2012, 06:56:37 AM by RICH »
Re: text engraving help
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2012, 07:19:33 AM »
Thanks Brett, forgot about the enter key. ;D
RICH

Oh Russ that must hurt ;D
Hood
:D
Probably hurt Brett more than me.  :D ;D He's a refined city slicker compared to me. :)
BTW Brett, do you go to the ATX South show in Charlotte ? May 2-3 this year. Looks interesting.
See Ya,
Russ

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Re: text engraving help
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2012, 07:16:13 PM »
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Probably hurt Brett more than me.  :D  ;D    He's a refined city slicker compared to me.  :)

Awwww shucks Russ, you flatter me.  ;D 

I don't have plans to go to the ATX South show but it does look interesting.  I would love to go if I can find the time.  You going?

Brett
;D If you could see the things I have in my head, you would be laughing too. ;D

My guard dog is not what you need to worry about!