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CamBam to Mach3
« on: July 21, 2015, 02:01:12 PM »
Hi, I'm new to Mach3 and this community.. Recently I imported a CAD dxf file to CamBam, altered it's size appropriately, and generated tool paths; after I was satisfied, I generated the GCODE and loaded it onto a memory stick and then to my CNC router's computer.. After opening the file on Mach3, the toolpath became distorted/not all of the toolpath was showing and no error messages were displayed. I ran the software and the result was wrong; how can I ensure that the toolpaths and GCODE are loaded properly when using CamBam to transfer GCODE? (using .nc files) Thanks

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Re: CamBam to Mach3
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2015, 02:39:39 PM »
Most likely, what your seeing is an incorrect IJ mode in Mach3, and possibly a g-code limit for an unlicensed version.

You can change the IJ mode to Incremental in General Config.
You can also have CamBam add a G91.1 to your g-code, which will force Mach3 into Incremental IJ mode (which is what CamBam is most likely using).

Gerry

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Re: CamBam to Mach3
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2015, 02:46:19 PM »
I am currently using the trial version of Mach3; would I be required to purchse the full version? The GCODE I uploaded was very detailed; so this most likely could be the issue if my GCODE exceeded any limitations on the trial version of Mach3

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Re: CamBam to Mach3
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 02:57:00 PM »
Without a license, Mach3 will display and run only 500 lines of the g-code.
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Re: CamBam to Mach3
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2015, 03:11:20 PM »
Ok, that's most definitely the issue then. Thankyou very much
Re: CamBam to Mach3
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2015, 07:52:02 PM »
Ice,
Be sure to join the CamBam forum. Lots of really helpful people there, just like here.
Re: CamBam to Mach3
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2015, 08:05:56 AM »
That sounds useful, I'll sign up, thanks