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Write Wizard
« on: April 20, 2007, 05:26:38 PM »
Hi,
On my Windows xp indoor computer I can enter some text in 'Write' and send it to Mach3 rel064 where I can machine the lettering on screen.
When I do the same thing on my W2000 computer connected to the mill I get code where all the co-ordinates are zero, despite the moves being the same in both cases.
Needless to say the code will not run.

Can anyone give me the reason?.

A second query - in my XML backup folder in Mach3 there are lots of what I presume are xml backup files. What is the system for generating these files?
Can I deletes any of them? - some appear to be empty.

Malcolm Smith,
Re: Write Wizard
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2007, 02:25:42 PM »
I have done some checking on the problem.
Though I cannot generate the Gcode for for the two capitals I am trying to engrave on my mill computer I can copy the code from my desktop computer.
It displays OK on the mill computer and with tool 0 chosen the cut is simulated on screen.
However if I use a small cutter of 40thou diam and a G$" code the simulation goes bananas with curves and loops all over the place.
I have tried IJ abs. and inc. and it makes no difference.

Any help anyone

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Re: Write Wizard
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2007, 02:34:40 PM »
Hi Malcolm,

email me your code and I will take a look at it.

Graham.
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Re: Write Wizard
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2007, 05:49:37 PM »
Hi  Graham.
I have sent the code privately.

Malcolm Smith
Re: Write Wizard
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2007, 04:26:32 PM »
For interest; it would seem I mistaken the use of the 'Write' wizard.

Thanks Graham.

I had assumed it would cut around the letters with a G42 code so enabling me to get lettering raised above a machined background.
The wizard does not like the G42 code!!
It seems it's purpose is to take a pointed engraving tool and cut olong the outline of the letters giving a recessed letter on a surface.

Is there a wizard that would do what I want?

tmsmith

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Re: Write Wizard
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2007, 04:31:14 PM »
Hi Malcolm,

its more of a full blown cad job,  what you have to do is an area clearance or a pocketing routine.

Graham.
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Re: Write Wizard
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2007, 04:46:26 PM »
Thanks Graham.

I shall have to have a look at that.
I am thinking of Lazycam and its pocketing routine.


tmsmith