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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #1970 on: September 28, 2014, 07:06:10 PM »
Hello Brian
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« Reply #1971 on: September 28, 2014, 11:08:54 PM »
OOPS. I didn't realize they required that, I thought it was only required to download the plans and to post. If your're not registered and thinking about building a CNC router it's a great forum, even if you're just interested in seeing other peoples builds.

I don't want to sound like I'm fishing for folks to look at that site though so if these posts need to be deleted or modified hopefully a mod will let me know.

The synopsis of the thread I linked to is this...
I work at a theatre in Seattle, we wanted to be able to use CNC routing as a tool for building scenery and props so I set aside 3 weeks of my time at work and built a 4x8 3 axis cnc router table. We've been using it for several years now and have been really pleased with the things it helps us build. We've done all kinds of basic profile cuts, some engraving type stuff, and a little bit of 3D carving using 3D models that we made ourselves and some that we found a purchased online.
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« Reply #1972 on: September 30, 2014, 04:26:50 PM »
Hi,
My name is Brian and I wear a lot of hats in a small town. One of the things I do is program PLC's and another is some machine work. Maybe you guys can help me put the two together. I am currently trying to figure out how to engrave using a Chinese mini mill.

Brian
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« Reply #1973 on: September 30, 2014, 04:30:35 PM »
Hi, I'm Jess and I'm running a Joes CNC EVO that I built in 2012. Machining stuff with it is my day job and if you're interested here's my site: cuttingedgecnc.co.uk  
I've been running Mach 3 and I have everyday functionality sorted, but I'm here improve my knowledge and share what I can along the way.
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« Reply #1974 on: October 02, 2014, 01:56:38 PM »
Ello everybody!
Im entirely new to mach3 and this forum.
It seems like this is the place I need to be to learn how it works.

I bought my software pre-installed on a little msi netbook from a fellow who upgraded and no longer needed it.
About a year has passed since then and I have done little more with it than power up the machine and use it as my diagnostic computer for automotive troubleshooting. I ran the mach3 software to ensure it would at least come up but thats about as far as i went.

Fast forward to this week...
I was able to successfully get the software transferred to a newer, beefier machine... and read through the help/manual pdf...

Here is where I am stuck.
I cant seem to get it to do anyting...
In the pdf, there is an explanation(albeit clear as mud) to set the software up to "pretend".... but no dice.
I witnessed the fellow I bough the netbook from actually use it to control one of his machines... but I cant seem to get it to do anything either..
I can load a program and see it populate in the data box... but when i hit cycle start it does not even try to run the program.
Im certain im just missing something stoopid... but im bald enough already.

The procedure i followed...

Installed mach3
Restarted machine...
Followed instructions to install mach1/2 .inf but... there was no mach1/2.inf file
Instead there was just mach3.inf, and mach.inf...
Tried both with no change...

What am I doing wrong?

I do not yet have my mill ready to plug in and go... so while that is in waiting I figured it best to learn the control in "pretend" mode...

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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #1975 on: October 03, 2014, 01:37:48 AM »
Hi Christof,

Welcome to the forum.

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I was able to successfully get the software transferred to a newer, beefier machine... and read through the help/manual pdf...

That may be the problem, sounds like you don't have a correct install. Download and install the latest version from here; http://www.machsupport.com/software/downloads-updates/

Tweakie.
 
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.  Winston Churchill.
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« Reply #1976 on: October 08, 2014, 09:08:18 PM »
Dan here.   30 plus years in machining and tooling but haven't done any CNC programming since 1999 on a bridgeport system.  Bought an upgrade system for an old centurion 1 to make it into 3 axis and have been learning the hard way since.  Retired Air Force but setting up my own machien shop for personal use only.    Willstart asking questions as needed, and thanks for the forum and insight.   c11G board and gecko 320x drives.
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« Reply #1977 on: October 17, 2014, 08:02:11 PM »
Hello and thanks for wonderful site, while I dont understand some of the posts I have read several that helped me. I am operating new
cnc plasma set up, using art cam and mach 3. Both also new to me, alot to learn. My bigest aggravation after 60 days on the job is that I
dont know how to back up, or return pierce when cut is lost mid way thru pgm. I also would like to know how to repeat pgm automatically
as some of what I cut needs several of the same. Would love to know what fonts work well to cut out, as be readable in the plate that is
left, not stand alone letters.
Thanks, Sharon
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« Reply #1978 on: October 21, 2014, 08:56:12 AM »
Hi folks,
I'm Josh, from central California.  I'm setting up a "buildyourcnc" Greenbull router for our local community workshop "makerspace".  So far I'm still making progress with E-stops, limit stops, spindle control etc.  We have a Huanyang VFD hooked up to the 2.2 KW spindle.  Working on spindle speed control.  I'll post questions later if I think I'm really stuck.

As far as background, I started running CNC lasers 20 years ago, went into product design for about 10 years and another 10 years of engineering software administration/management.

I've gotta say, this forum is fantastic!  Thanks moderators and contributors!!
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« Reply #1979 on: October 24, 2014, 09:04:31 AM »
hi , im a new member here and new to the retrofitting idea too , getting ready to do my first on an old waterjetpro machine with dead higerman control , i have a good mechanical background , ran a small machine shop for soon to be 20 years , but somewhat lacking in the electronic side of this. im sure i will be asking for lots of ideas and suggestions before this project is complete.

thanks
r brintle