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Capabilities of MACH3
« on: February 19, 2007, 12:03:33 PM »
Hi, I just purchased a small milling machine and all the hardware to convert it to CNC.  I am using stepper motors and Gecko drives.  MACH3 looks wonderful, I would just like to verify what it does.

Does it allow me to pull in 3D solid models and generate G-code?
Does it generate the step/direction output that is necessary for the Gecko drives? (if so, what is the interface to the host PC?)
Does it support such things as limit switches?
Is there a hardware interface manual that I can download and take a look at?
What exactly do the wizards do?

Thank you all in advance for your help.  I am afraid I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of information on the website.  If you could just point me in the right direction, that would be great.

Thanks,
Shayne

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Re: Capabilities of MACH3
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2007, 12:43:33 PM »
Hi Shayne,

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Does it allow me to pull in 3D solid models and generate G-code?

No, you would need CAM software that can post G-code for the model.

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Does it generate the step/direction output that is necessary for the Gecko drives? (if so, what is the interface to the host PC?)

Yes, parallel port.

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Does it support such things as limit switches?

Yes, limit and home switches.

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Is there a hardware interface manual that I can download and take a look at?

Yes, go to the top of this page and drop down the 'Tutorials' list and you'll see douments and videos.

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What exactly do the wizards do?

The 'Wizards' are add ons that bring up a page that you can fill in parameters and values to generate cutting files for various tasks such as drilling , pocketing, circles, etc.

Regards,
« Last Edit: February 19, 2007, 12:45:16 PM by Scott »
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Re: Capabilities of MACH3
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2007, 05:47:59 AM »
I also would like the documentation.

The highest version 3 documentation is 1.84

The latest version 3 lockdown is 2.48

Thanks
Phil_H
The Good Thing About Mach3, Is It's very Configurable

The Bad Thing About Mach3, Is It's Too Configurable