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Newby question
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:24:29 PM »
Greetings!  I've just built an XY plotter to practice CAD/CAM skills on before starting real machining.
How do I tell Mach3 that I just want to draw lines, and have no Z axis, just a pen controlled by a solenoid, i.e., a single bit?
Thx. 
Re: Newby question
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2013, 04:46:24 AM »
Connect your pen solenoid to the Z axis direction pen.  Then a negative Z move ( Z-.001) will lower the pen and a positive move (Z0) will raise it.  We do the same with laser control.
John Champlain
Re: Newby question
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013, 12:06:25 PM »
Thanks.  Perfectly obvious once you know it.  That's what being a newby is all about.
Re: Newby question
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2013, 02:09:50 PM »
We all were once.  ;>)
John Champlain