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Re: Problems with probe set up and use
« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2013, 06:37:21 AM »
Sounds like your probe is sticking.

Yes, it records all the points, whether it hits something or not.

No, there is no new version of Mach Cloud.

You need a CAM program that can accept .stl files and create g-code. I use MeshCAM.
Gerry

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Re: Problems with probe set up and use
« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2013, 11:32:57 PM »
Hello again Gerry:

Thanks for your help. I downloaded the trial version of the program you suggested. It appears to be very simple may have to bite the bullet and invested in it. I bought Dolphin Cad/Cam, super program for design, but I don't thing it works on probed items. I just emailed Rodney at Dolphin he is  great at replying and if it doesn't work I think I will look at MeshCam, unless you have another program  for me to look at.

I am getting really overwhelmed at what I need to do tin order to probe an item. It would be so nice if there was a software that took you from probing to duplication in one action,lol

As a first time cnc user there appears to be so much to learn Mach3, cad/cam and now cloud, Meshlab and finally Meshcam.

I am open to any suggestion that would make this process easier. Getting to old to learn,lol

Thanks again

C

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Re: Problems with probe set up and use
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2013, 08:29:21 AM »
The easiest way to make it simpler is to throw lots of money at it. A good laser scanner with their proprietary software will give much faster and better results, but expect to spend a few thousand dollars.

If you want to duplicate objects with a probe, it's probably going to take a lot of trial and error to get what you want. Depending on what you're trying to duplicate, you may find it easier to model the object in a CAD program. Results will be much more accurate.
Gerry

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http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

JointCAM Dovetail and Box Joint software
http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html
Re: Problems with probe set up and use
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2013, 02:33:32 PM »
Thanks again:

Up most night got image to look pretty good than tried generating code on trail version of  Meshcam and I had no luck. I keep getting error message:-Unknown word where unary operation could beLine 0 .

So new at this all I could thing of doing was deleting line one via edit/notepad in Mach3 but still no luck.

I am almost at the point of giving up on probing for a while.

Have never experienced not grasping a notion or process but I think I have discovered my first experience at it

Thanks for all your help

C

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Re: Problems with probe set up and use
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2013, 03:36:09 PM »
Sounds like you may be using an incorrect post in MeshCAM. The error is when you load the g-code in mach3, right?
Gerry

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Re: Problems with probe set up and use
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2013, 04:15:28 PM »
Thanks for your patients!!!

Yes exactly! Just realized what you meant  and can I be any dumber I saved as *.m instead of Mach3. cn .

Well it now runs a while before stopping so it must be another operator error. I will revisit all my entries and make sure they are correct.

Sorry to waste your time on something so simple as this. Makes good point for stopping when tired or frustrated.

C