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CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« on: July 18, 2014, 02:41:32 PM »
Hello, I just purchased a 3-Axis CNC machine with Mach 3 (64 bit) control drivers on it.  We downloaded the "trial version' of Mach 3 and can not get the CNC Machine to respond to the PC.

Is this because we are using the "TRIAL VERSION" of Mach 3?  Or is there something else that could be causing this disconnect?

ANY GUIDANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!

Thanks

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Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2014, 02:53:14 PM »
If you could give some details of the controller you are using it would help. Reason I say that is 64bit operating systems wont work with the parallel port so you will definitely have to have an external controller.
It could simply be you need to choose the correct plugin to get things working but without knowing what you have it would just be a stab in the dark to suggest anything.
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Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2014, 03:02:12 PM »
We have the Mach 3 Control system with the wireless hand-held controller
Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2014, 03:03:52 PM »
The wireless hand-held controller is an XHC (Model HBO4), if that helps any.

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Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2014, 03:04:32 PM »
can you provide a link to the machine you have please.
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Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2014, 03:07:07 PM »
It is a Roctech CNC model RC1313S (servo-driven). 

http://www.roc-tech.com/
Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2014, 03:11:04 PM »
Could the problem be simply that we are using the "Trial Version" of Mach 3?  Or would that version still allow us to move the machine (jog it, etc.)?

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Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2014, 03:34:53 PM »
There doesnt seem to be much info on that site as to the actual controller or any documentation, so its kind of hard to advise.

It is not that you are using the demo as that will work within its few limitation (500 lines of code, no RFH etc)

Did the machine not come with Mach3 loaded?
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Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2014, 03:50:43 PM »
This unit has a separate CONTROL Cabinet that is connected by cables to the CNC machine itself.  Inside the CONTROL CABINET, are the MACH 3 controller drivers (hardware).  They provided software for the XHC wireless hand-held controller, but they did not provide MACH 3 control software.

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Re: CNC Machine won't respond to Mach 3 PC commands
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2014, 04:38:29 PM »
Is the machine meant to run with Mach?
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