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Help I need to get setup!!
« on: September 09, 2012, 05:56:46 PM »
Please help me, I am tying to draw a scorpion.tap file but X and Y crash, how do I configure mach3? As a spindle I am just using a pen for now and later I may replace the pen with a dremel.
The file when loaded is offset, please see the screenshot attached.

Thanks for any help in advance.
Please note the bed size for X = 8.25" and for Y = 8.25"
« Last Edit: September 09, 2012, 06:00:56 PM by crob09 »

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Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2012, 07:08:53 PM »
The DXF X0, Y0 is not in the same place ypu have the machine X0, Y0. I will draw a rectangle around my figure. This will give me a size to scale to and a place to move to my machine X0,Y0.

If neede send me your file and I will move it for you. Where would you like the X0, Y0? Bottom left would work,

Hal
Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2012, 07:41:52 PM »
The DXF X0, Y0 is not in the same place ypu have the machine X0, Y0. I will draw a rectangle around my figure. This will give me a size to scale to and a place to move to my machine X0,Y0.

If neede send me your file and I will move it for you. Where would you like the X0, Y0? Bottom left would work,

Hal
I don't understand, how do I make the machine x0 and y0 the same as the .tap file?

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Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012, 07:43:56 PM »
You jog to where you want the 0,0 position to be and click the X zero and Y zero buttons to set them to 0.
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Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2012, 07:56:46 PM »
You jog to where you want the 0,0 position to be and click the X zero and Y zero buttons to set them to 0.
I get that part, why doesn't the image load on center? (see the attached screenshot) I also just tried to load the same file into Mach3 on my Laptop and it centers no problem. Do I have a bad install? It's just the sample version (limited to X# of lines)
Why did it load two different ways?
Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2012, 08:30:20 PM »
Another screen shot showing my dilemma.

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Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2012, 08:36:10 PM »
It appears that your 0,0 position is the center of your table, and it should be the lower left corner for that file.
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Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2012, 08:46:56 PM »
It appears that your 0,0 position is the center of your table, and it should be the lower left corner for that file.
How do I fix it?
can you explain where those values came from, where I look for the future? I don't know what I did wrong here but I would love to know.
Also when it comes to a DXF file, how do I re-size one if needed, I found this website and all the drawings do what the one I uploaded does, (loads off center)
 "http://freedxffile.com"
« Last Edit: September 09, 2012, 08:55:00 PM by crob09 »
Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2012, 08:58:38 PM »
One more crazy question, how do I set the depth of the material to 1/8" or 1/4"? It doesn't matter for now because I plan to draw the file first, but down the road I would like to cut it out in 1/8 or 1/4" hardboard.

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Re: Help I need to get setup!!
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2012, 09:01:11 PM »
CROB,
Two pic's attached, one shows how the scorpian was drawn and an appox center point. Attached dxf moves the X & Y locaton in the dxf which you can use to generate
new code is you wish. If you move to coardinates per Jerry's comment then the original will be centered.
RICH
« Last Edit: September 09, 2012, 09:09:00 PM by RICH »