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Mach3 or Mach4 whitch one should i use?
« on: August 29, 2015, 06:54:30 AM »
Hey guys...

I currently Build up my Self-Development cnc Mill / 3D Printer (all in one)

I choose Mach dir the Software i want to use but im Not sure whitch one i should use finaly...

For Mach 3 there Is an add on for use the CNC Mill as an 3D Printer.

Does an 3D Printer add on exists for Mach 4, too?

By the Way: i use the Smooth Stepper Ethernet for connect the machine to the Computer & a RS485 to Ethernet Converter to Control the VFD rpm & running Direction.

With Mach 3 i can Control 6Axis - this will be enough for my "Dream machine" if i Trick a Little...

My Dream machine (the final Status for my Self-Development) has the Standard 3 Axis (XYZ) and 2 circular Axis (AB). The C Axis i want to use for Control the automatic Tool Magazine (chain) to move the Tool i Need into the machine-work-room...
But 1 Axis will be need for Using the CNC as an 3D Printer... Maybe Switching the Tool-Magazine Stepper Motor to the 3D Printer Stepper Motor in 3D Printer Mode and Switch back to the Tool-Stepper-Motor in CNC Mill mode...

But maybe Mach4 can Do this more elegant?

What Is your recommendation?

Kind Regards...
Re: Mach3 or Mach4 whitch one should i use?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2015, 06:15:01 PM »
Before asking this question have you checked for Smooth Stepper support for Mach4?
Mach3 or Mach4 whitch one should i use?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2015, 06:35:40 PM »
Yes i did...
There Is a PlugIn for mach4 available...
Ist a Little different then the PlugIn for mach3, i tryed it in a Virtual machine - Software chrashes - i Need to try again on a native machine...
Or does someone else tryed it on a native machine?

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Re: Mach3 or Mach4 whitch one should i use?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2015, 08:28:36 PM »
the ESS plug only works on a real machine you can`t sim it. and yes it works fine it`s a pitta to set up you have to set it up in the correct order other wise it`s a killer.

you just make sure before you start that only axis 0, 1 and 2 are ticked or nothing set at all, you set the E STOP first then axis if everything is fine after that you set inputs and outputs you do a restart of mach each it time you do setting changes