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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #2230 on: January 08, 2016, 11:25:01 PM »
Hi I am located in Western Australia and have the well known book Build Your Own CNC machine (Hood/Kelly) and so far have collected a "kit of parts" ready to commence making the machine with my son.  

He is restoring an old Arcade Sega gaming console and wants to make dedicated control panels from aluminium and Stainless steel.  Me I am into scale model shipbuilding and want to use the device to cut out the hull formers, which in the past have been labouriously cut with a fret saw. Most of my ships are up to 2 metres long fully radio controlled.

My son is a computer whizz and should be able to handle the software. Me I am a retired electronics engineer and can handle the mechanics and electronics.  I have previous experience writing airports for the earlier flight sims using FSASM and BGL I also hold a full Ham Radio licence.  as for CNC I have heard of G-Code and that is the limit of my knowledge ATM :)

Hopefully we will shortly commence construction.  Using 3/4" MDF (with precautions!) I also plan to treat each component of the MDF with a Polyurathane varnish as humidity levels here can play havoc with MDF. But to prove a point on a scale 1 metre class yacht I have used MDF as the keel blade and after 10 years it has been perfectly water impervious, after being treated with Poly varnish and finished with a light oil based paint.

Hopefully we can share our project and gain a few tips along the way.

Cheers Dave and Mark

PS addit.  Has anyone run Mach3 in Windows 10 we have a Dell 780 we intend to use I did a search for this but no posts as yet :)
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Re: New people welcome !! Come in here and introduce your self!
« Reply #2231 on: January 09, 2016, 02:22:08 AM »
Hi Dave & Mark,

Welcome to the forum.

Mach3 runs just fine under Windows 10.
You will need to use an external motion controller (ESS, etc.) as the LPT parallel port cannot be used from Win8 and onwards or with 64bit OS's.

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« Last Edit: January 09, 2016, 04:08:02 AM by Tweakie.CNC »
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« Reply #2232 on: January 09, 2016, 07:25:20 PM »
Hmm That's interesting. In view of this I think it might be better to put the Dell  small format 780 we recently bought back to Windows 7 as The hardware we have is all controlled via the parallel port.  This came with a Registered 'Lite" version of Mach3.  Otherwise the main driver and stepper we have will be redundant.  Maybe this topic should be moved to an more appropriate section.  

Unfortunately W10  has become very user unfriendly for older applications and games to such an extent, installing older games can completely trash W10 if you try to install them making it totally irrecoverable!  
(Been there done that!)
Dave N Mark

Welcome to the forum.
Mach3 runs just fine under Windows 10.
You will need to use an external motion controller (ESS, etc.) as the LPT parallel port cannot be used from Win8 and onwards or with 64bit OS's.

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« Reply #2233 on: January 18, 2016, 02:12:50 AM »
Hello from sunny Montrose!

New boy on the block with a bit of expereince on manual machines (Bridgeport mill, Boxford Lathe etc) but now keen to get into CNC. I am a little in the dark as to which machine I need for my particular work on components for race cars etc, there is such a massive variety out there!

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« Reply #2234 on: January 19, 2016, 03:32:32 PM »
Thanks ! i need to try and get some information . Anyone had any luck controlling a oxy fuel torch with mach firing the torch , preheat delay pierce delay , i think i know how i can do it manually like fabricating a second control station for lighting the torch preheating and creating a power button for opening a solenoid for cutting oxygen . But is there a way to do it withinn the parameters of mach. Just got interested in building my own cnc plasma table in the 3 months or so , is it best to buy the bladerunner kit from candcnc or build your own power supply with the geko G540 . Thanks Jason Mcdaniel
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« Reply #2235 on: January 22, 2016, 01:03:06 PM »
My name is Malcolm, I live in the UK having been born (78 years ago) and brought up in Cornwall I am a total NEW boy in CNC and Mach3.

I have done complicated (Segmented) woodturning, (exhibiting in the USA) for a number of years, but alas due to many reasons my lungs are NOT in good condition. I thought it therefore would be sensible to get rid of my lathe etc. etc. and try a new venture in the world of CNC.

I imported a machine from China (6060) and all is now set up except for Spindle problems. I have just posted a question as to trying to solve my Spindle problems. I look forward to using this site very frequently.

Needless to say any assistance in any direction will be VERY welcome.
Malcolm

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« Reply #2236 on: January 23, 2016, 01:18:30 AM »
Hi Malcolm,

Welcome to the forum.
I am sure we can all disprove the theory about teaching an old dog new tricks.  ;)

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« Reply #2237 on: January 26, 2016, 04:31:17 PM »
Hi,

My name is Marcus and I live in Los Angeles Califonia, I have been running several brands of CNC machines for 5 years now, and I'm a Certified General Machinist as well as freshly graduated in Manufacturing Engineering.  Most of my experience is in the tool and die/mold industry making tools for plastic injection for mostly the automotive industries as well as various small series business needs.

I own a Roland MDX20, a Gravograph IS400 and a TorchMate with MACH3 which I have some ideas on making a little bit bigger and routing capable by using a splindle attachment. I would like also to add a 4th axis to it and I am making some research on that. I have a small (tiny) business that I am trying to run on the side, maybe one day I can do it full time and make it really take off.

I know many different CNC controlers such as NUM, Fanuc, Heidenhein, and a few others.
I am also familiar with many CAM software such as CATIA, SolidworksHSM, TopSolid, Gravostyle (came with the IS 400), Typeedit, ArtClip3D... When I first came to California I started working for a company that imported CNC machines from China but there was too much travel involved so I couldn't stay any longer with that company. Now I am in a software company subsidiary of a huge machine manufacturer, it is a good place to work they have very good customer relationship and I am myself helping software users to smooth their experience with our solutions. 

I enjoy drawing, woodcarving, snowboarding and treking. I love CNC and I have benefited greatly from this site and all the people here. I hope I will be able to give back as much as I got.

Marcus

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« Reply #2238 on: January 26, 2016, 07:31:16 PM »
Hello,
My name is Lawrence.  I am in northern Mn. and trying to educate myself in the operation of a cnc. I have spent the last three years trying to get Mach3 to operate my CNC. I can't get  any power to a motor. I am almost 70 and would like to get this working before I croak !

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« Reply #2239 on: January 27, 2016, 02:54:54 AM »
Hi Lawrence,

Welcome to the forum.

Post your problem in the general section as a 'new topic' giving as much information as you can about your router, it's controller, drivers, etc. and I am sure there will be many reply's with suggestions about how to resolve the problem. Hopefully, your machine will be making chips in no time. :)

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