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lLearning curve a few pictures
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:46:17 AM »
Posting this for those that are interested in a doing an example to learn and practice.
I just got some what of the hang of this 2 days ago with the help of ,
Chaoticone forum member administrator while trying to solve another issue.
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I used the MDI commands to do these cuts on my work table to experience the machine and Mach software.
I set the table bed up in inches. Each square 1 inch X and Y after we got the motor tuning right.
I went ahead and made the checker board design on my work table test platform.
Then decided to go Diagonal both ways.
One screw up, as I for got to set it all back to Zero on one cut.
You can see where I went over the line at the bottom.
Hope this helps some one to experiment.
Hands on trial and error is the key to learning

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Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2013, 02:28:53 PM »
All of this learning can be quite a rush.  Good job!    :)
 
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Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2013, 04:56:54 PM »
Thank you it is,
But I'm used to it, on a natural high all the time.
Poor but been gifted so appreciated the ups and deal with the downs.
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We set the velocity and acceleration both to 50 the other day
What is a good decent speed to cut at. Velocity acceleration.
Hood left me a reply I will try that.
What is your take on it.
Yes I know material and 
( cutter  type, size ) come into play.
But for now I'm cutting just pressed board to practice.
The 4 circles took a long time to cut.
Thank you

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Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2013, 05:37:22 PM »
I don't know the best velocity and accel settings for you machine.  Hood did give solid advise as usual.  You will just have to play with it and see what it can take and if it starts skipping steps or stalling, tune them back down.  If your like most, myself included, you want it to run as fast as possible without errors.

Brett
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Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2013, 06:11:25 PM »
Gotcha
I'm a speed demo but on a table saw or a metal lathe it has to be save and
close to perfect as we can get.
I want my reloads to go fast but do not want the case's bulging. LOL
Will do
Have a great weekend
Thank you
Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 08:30:20 PM »
Hi all, Looking for help with my latest difficulties.  I have installed the latest zip file from candcnc, which includes BladeRunner, Mach Profiles, Screens, etc (file name: MasterCandCNC_Install-web.zip) from this website: http://www.candcnc.com/manuals.htm , so I believe I'm all up to date with my software.  I'm gong to be routing.  (hopefully soon)

I have two loaders that I'm TRYING to use: Mach3 Loader, and Bladerunner Router:

When I use the Mach3 Loader, below are the Profiles shown (most of which I need to delete since I'm only routing):

1. Mach3Loader: BladeRunner AIO-Router-UBOB3
2. Mach3Mill
3. Mach3Turn
4. Plasma
5. Router

I'm pretty sure the first one is the one I want, the BladeRunner, but it won't load properly.  It displays the outline of the window and the line of commands across the top, but it's completely white in the middle.  I have uninstalled and reinstalled the program SEVERAL (8?) times.

So then I go to "View" and am able to manually load either of two .set screens: BladeRunnerAIO-DragonCut.set and/or BladeRunnerAIO-DragonCut-DCP2.set, which is all well and good until I try to load G-code.  The "File Type" indicates that it's looking for a .tap file, but it only displays .cdr files.  It does not "see" .tap files.  Yes, I have the G-Code folder open, and can see .tap files when I go through Windows Explorer, but they do not display when I load Mach3 and choose the BladeRunner .set.

If I choose Profile #5 above, the Router, it does load correctly, and I AM able to open .tap files, but according to the BladeRunner manual, I MUST use a BladeRunner .set.  At least I'm pretty sure I read that ... I can't find it again.  Eh-heh.

On my desktop is also a BladeRunner Router icon, and when I try to open that I get the exact same result as when I go to through Mach and select option #1 above.  I wanted to include some screen shots, but PrintScreen doesn't work on that computer.

Also, and perhaps related, I cannot load my personalized license.  Lastly, I DID reboot the computer when prompted after installing the parallel port.  Any suggestions?  My system is a fresh (wipe) install of XP, 32bit.  Thanks very much for your kind attention,

Elizabeth

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Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2013, 09:03:52 PM »
When you click load file it ask you load a file and you can browse to it.  Just below this is an option that says files of type.  Click it and select all.

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Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2013, 12:55:22 AM »
Tried that too, doesn't work.

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Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2013, 06:26:31 AM »
What version of Mach do you have installed as the manual says only tested to V3.042.029?

They have custom screen sets which need to be installed correctly make sure you follow the instructions
provided in the manual.

FROM THEIR MANUAL:
The screen presentation for the BladeRunner is in the form of a custom screen “set”.
The file is stored in the MACH3 Folder and has a .set extension.  It controls what buttons, readouts (DRO’s) and
bitmaps (pictures) are on the screen. The visual look is controlled using custom bitmaps.  Bitmaps used
with CandCNC screens are all stored in a folder located in the Bitmaps Folder (under MACH3) and in a
sub-folder named CandCNC.  With the exception of certain custom objects in a screen there is no setup
information.  Certain operations on the Bladerunner (parameter feedback and DTHC or Spindle Speed
functions) MUST use the associated screen set to operate properly.

BladeRunnerAIO-UBOBIII Install:
1.  Copies two PROFILES (XML’s) to the MAIN MACH Folder
2.  Copies several Screen SET files to the MAIN MACH Folder
3.  Creates a folder under MACH3/Bitmaps named CandCNC
4.  Copies all of the bitmaps for the MACH screens to that folder
5.  Copies the custom drivers (PLUGINS) to the MACH3/Plug-in folder
6.  Opens the MACH3/macros folder and creates a folder for each Mach Profile
added in step 1
7.  Removes default MACH profile links (Icons) from the Desktop
8.  Puts two custom Icons on the Desktop for the BladeRunner Plasma and Router




I have uninstalled and reinstalled the program SEVERAL (8?) times.

Try using the desktop icon made by install and see if the screen loads prperly.




What it DOES:
WHAT IT DOES NOT DO:
Load or install MACH3
Load or install any other software
Setup the MACH3 Profile for your specific table/machine


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I cannot load my personalized license
Just copy the license from the CD into the Mach directory.  

RICH
« Last Edit: June 08, 2013, 07:12:47 AM by RICH »
Re: lLearning curve a few pictures
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2013, 06:36:46 AM »
I'm new to this but will give it a try.
If Brett does not know and he is real good, I will try from a
different point of view.
Milling is no different then Routing. So try the milling option.
( Terminology can get in the way some times. )
For starters boot up Mach3 and choose MACH3 MILL.
Go to the FILE option top of page far left.
Choose G-CODE for now .
The go to your C:/ drive folder and choose MACH3.
In there choose G-GODE the choose ROAD RUNNER
Try to run road runner first  to see if it takes it and it will run.
Other then that I'm a newbe to this all but this is the first thing
I tried to see if my machine would work.
As far as the tap file goes if you are importing a BMP, OR JPG ETC into
mach3 you need to convert it into a DXF extension CAD program extension.
This is another whole kettle of fish.
Cheers hope I'm some help..