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« Reply #1730 on: May 09, 2013, 03:04:05 PM »
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« Reply #1731 on: May 10, 2013, 01:44:52 AM »
Hello, Im Darrell and i just got a cnc 3 axis router. Im relatively familiar with machining but have had no formal instruction so I may not know some of the correct terms used to identify certain aspects of cnc machining or any other machining for that matter. But I seem to have a talent from a past life or something that allows me to do a lot of things.
I am completely overwhelmed by the information and I am hoping someone with an abundance of knowledge about the processes involved will kind of take me under their wing with this type of creating.
Let me start by saying that The machine was donated to me by a friend who saw my work without this tool and thought I should take it to the next level. Ive been wanting to step across into the computerized side, but was not financially able to make the leap.

Anyone wanting to see my free hand work may do so on facebook my screen name is Quake Brakes and I fabricate various custom accessories.

I wont say any more about that at this time but I am hoping to find someone who knows this program inside and out and who can help me become a master of my machine. At this time Im not even sure what its called other than a cnc 3 axis router.

Im in Rockwall, Tx. Near Dallas, and would prefer to find someone close to that area so that my education would be able to excel.
However, I will accept any and all positive direction from basic setup to finished product.

I didnt hide my email address so that anyone that is interested in helping a newbie to greatness would be able to contact me directly.

Thanks for being here, I appreciate your consideration.

Sincerely,
Darrell
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« Reply #1732 on: May 11, 2013, 12:27:42 AM »
Hi there,
new to the forum and cnc. In construction phase of first cnc mill, a baby one, 220x220x150 (mm) with quality second hand linear ways, zerobacklash
ground ballscrews, 5 phase steppers fitted with <3 arc min backlash planetaires. Resolution 1um ( < 0.5um backlash) at full step. Finer resolution
dubious given the backlash of the planetaires, budget did not extend to harmonic drives.
My initial application is PCB manufacture using EAGLE, it generates gcode, machined with MACH3.
Testing to date MACH (latest stable release, demo only) running one parallel port to MB02 BOB thru drivers to steppers. Bit of a learning curve to setup
but no major probs. Had some difficulty getting stable output pulses from my old PC. Was necessary to modify PC setups to allow pulser to run properly.
Using second hand KR-5M drivers, a bit wimpy and underdone but cheap. Mountains of torque at 300mm/min but crappy @ 500mm/min. Having opted
for 5 phase steppers the choice of drivers is limited with good second hand units costing as much and more for say Gecko's are new. Will have to make
do until mill operational. First PCB's likely to be own design driver boards! Published specs suggest 1000mm/min should be achievable with decent drivers
@100V.
My reading in the forum mainly centred around a dedicated computer to run MACH3. Interested in industrial types running WINDOWS EMBEDDED/ XPlite
or optimised install of XP.
I'm an electrical/electronics tech involved with repairing industrial welders/plasmas and the like. Other interests are competitive sailing, model aircraft
and glider flying (budget constrained), food and sex...lol, and not in that order!
My wife left with my best friend...
     and I miss him!
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« Reply #1733 on: May 11, 2013, 01:01:53 PM »
Hello Family,

It is a real pleasure to be here with you, and learning as we go. I have been using mach3 for about 4 years now, and I absolutely love it. I do
however have a problem, that I need your professional help with please. My older computer bit the dust which had the printer cable 25DB pin on the back of the computer.

I purchased another newer, computer, a Dell 531, which has "NO" 25DB cable pin outlet on the back of it. I have purchased a converter cord, a "USB to 25DB pin printer cable," and it does not work period! This was supposed to take the old cables place!

I attached the 25BD connecter of the new cable to my "control box" that I turn on to run my mach 3, and the other end of the same cable into the USB port of my computer. It will not run my equipment.

Since that time , I have now read that a "converter 25DB to USB printer cable" will "NOT" run the machine, it's suitable only for use as a printer cable to run a printer. I found this information out in the mach3 training manual section 4.1.

Question now for you is , what do I do. What do I need to run my mach 3 Zenbot machine from my computer. I know the old computers had the 25DB ports on the back of them, but now the newest computers do dot. How do I deal with this?? ANY help here is appreciated! I want to get up and running.

Thanks Family,

Earl!!

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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #1734 on: May 12, 2013, 02:15:27 AM »
Hi Earl,

Welcome to the forum.

It is usually better to post any questions, such as this, as a new topic in the General section because it has more exposure and a better chance of helpful replies.

Some, perhaps many motherboards which do not have the DB25 socket often have a 26 way IDC type (parallel port) socket on the board somewhere. A short 26 way IDC to DB25 converter cable can then be used in these circumstances.
Failing that then the options are to get another motherboard which has the parallel port or use an external motion controller (USB or Ethernet) such as the Smooth-Stepper http://warp9td.com/

Hope this helps.

Tweakie.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
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« Reply #1735 on: May 12, 2013, 05:06:12 AM »
H my name is Henry.i Im new to this forum and Im wondering if anyone out there can help me with my situation. I currently have an old morbidelli 502 of which the controller died and is going to cost a small fortune to repair or replace.I purchased alphacam which I used to create drawings which I then saved to floppy disk then had to insert it into the morbidelli to transfer the data.The alphacam package cost a lot of money and Ive learned how to use it over the last 12 years and Im reluctant to get rig of it. My question is, how can I get to use it with Mach3 and with what post processor. Ive managed to get as far as opening the code through alpha edit through merlino in Mach3 but am unable to put the code into Mach3 for it to run. I have a demo copy of Mach3 is this maybe the problem ? Can anyone please help, Cheers.

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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #1736 on: May 12, 2013, 08:11:05 AM »
Hi Henry,

Welcome to the forum.

It is always best to post any questions as a new topic in the General section or other appropriate section as this place is really only for introductions.

This thread may be of interest to you regarding Alphacam post processors http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,3607.0.html

Alternately, do a search for Alphacam from the main page to find more threads containing more information.

Tweakie.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
Hello everyone, glad to get started and talking to folks on this forum...
« Reply #1737 on: May 12, 2013, 11:02:24 PM »
Hi, My name is Gary.  I purchased a CNC running Mach3 software last fall and I'm just now starting to get acclimated to it.  The computer locked up almost immediately, so I put in a new one and loaded the software and all of the settings that were in the notes for the setup.  I'm a novice, but very smart when it comes to figuring things out.  I have to admit this thing has me stumped.

Of course, I've done the guy thing and only referred to the manual when I got stuck on something.  Seems self explanatory except when I go to use it.  I'll open the Mach 3 Mill program, hit tab to bring up the toggle controller and I click on the  +X and it will move away from "0", then it will just stop and I'll no longer have any control.  One time I removed the checkmark from work offline and pressed the -X and it moved the length of the table and then stopped again with me not having any control.

Looking at the software so far.  You can click the offline button, but the minute you go online the "Reset" E stop activates, so it's a vicious cycle, click "offline" press Reset and all is fine, no error messages or anything, but if you pull down the menu and uncheck the work offline, the Reset message comes up and the only way I've found to shut if off is to once again go off line.

What am I missing here?  Also, if a load G Code, the software appears to be counting on the X, y and z axis, but the machine is not moving at all and of course it's on the offline creating the bad cycle again.

Would love to hear from some of you on this issue and also the best way to learn the operation of the CNC without reading the entire manual, which does not seem to have any troubleshooting information that I can find.

Thanks in advance for your help...have a great day!  Gary<a href="http://" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://</a>

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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #1738 on: May 13, 2013, 01:40:57 AM »
Hi Gary,

Welcome to the forum.

Please post your question, including as many details about your set-up as you think are relevant (WinOS, machine & controller type, version of Mach3 being used etc), as a new topic in the General section. This will receive more exposure and have a better chance of finding a solution to the problem you are having.

Tweakie.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
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« Reply #1739 on: May 13, 2013, 11:29:21 PM »
Hey folks -

I'm Josh, general hobbyist/tinkerer, delving into the world of CNC.  I have a working machine at the moment that I put together, and am currently using Inkscape->Google Sketchup->Mach3 to create what I want. 

So far, I've tested my machine with a Sharpie marker, a Dremel Tool, and am building a tool holder for a router, and then plasma cutter. 

I am currently trying to figure out how to get my machine to kick over the relays to turn the tools on and off, and am banging my head against the wall trying to figure it out. 

So far, I'm having a blast!  :)