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Third axis for Mach3turn
« on: April 06, 2014, 07:21:17 PM »
I'm getting along fine with Mach3turn but Mach3turn only shows the X and Z axis.

I'm setting up a toolchanger and found an Icon called "lathe" so I got it all set up to run my lathe and the toolchanger.   The toolchanger is the "A" axis.
All is well until I wanted to turn a radius.   The radius is more of a bevel than an arc.

It appears in this LATHE window Mach3 still thinks it is running a milling machine.   I detected that in the progress window.

I need to convert this LATHE window in Mach3 to lathe mode rather than milling mode, OR

Or, I need to add the "A" Axis to Mach3turn.

Which is ever is easiest.

Jim
Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2014, 09:19:52 PM »
I have been thinking about this.    I think Mach3 is running in the wrong plane.    I'll bet if I switched "Z" with "Y" it would work because it would be working in the correct plane.

Jim
Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2014, 09:38:11 PM »
Hi Jim,
  Whatever screen you are using for a lathe needs to be a .lset instead of a .set file.
That way Mach3 will know its configured for a lathe.
If you're modifying a Mill screen, you need to change the .set to .lset.

Russ

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Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2014, 11:18:21 PM »
You may want to have a look at this lathe screen and which has an A axis. It's the one I use. Link below.

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,13548.msg88932.html#msg88932

RICH
Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014, 04:12:03 AM »
Russ,

Can you tell me how to change .lset  ?      I think that will do the job.

Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2014, 05:05:15 AM »
Copy your screenset to a different location then rename with the file extension of .lset then place it back into the Mach folder. Next open Mach and use View menu then Load Screens to choose the renamed screenset. You will then have to restart Mach so that the Lathe geometry takes effect.

Hood
Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2014, 08:36:41 AM »
I checked the Mach3 folder and did not see a file called "screenset".     

I found these:

1024.lset
1024.set
Screen4

Do I need to open another folder or file in Mach3 to find screenset.   I already checked the LATHE folder and found no screenset.

Thanks,
Jim
Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2014, 10:59:46 AM »
Hi Jim,
By "screenset", it means the screenset that you are using.
1024.lset     is the Mach3 stock standard Turn (Lathe) Screen set
1024.set     is the     "       "         "        Mill                   "

Just means that any screen set that you use for TURN must have the .lset extension, the 1024.set (MILL) will work for Turn IF you copy it like Hood said, then change the extension to .lset.

Russ

Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2014, 02:55:58 PM »
Well,,,,that didn't work.    I don't understand how you take the file 1024.set and copy it somewhere, rename it 1024.Lset, then copy it it back where it was.
There is already a file there with the 1024.lset name.    I'm unaware how to have two files with the same name in the same folder.

I got creative and renamed 1024.set to 1024B.lset and copied it back over to the Mach3 file.    When I go to view and select 1024B.lset   Mach3 does not remember the setting and resets to 1024.set.    I also tried reloading Mach3 after the changes.

I was able to run the "A" axis from mach3turn but there are no buttons for the A Axis so no way to JOG "A".

Jim
Re: Third axis for Mach3turn
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2014, 03:38:25 PM »
Jim,
 When you go to VIEW/LOAD SCREENS, you have to select Files of Type / Turn Files to see and load your modifies 1024B.lset ... see pic.

( I should have mentioned that it would require a name change, sorry.  :P ) ::)

Try it again,
Russ
 :)