Hello Guest it is July 16, 2020, 10:25:11 AM

Author Topic: new guy  (Read 4230 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

new guy
« on: October 15, 2015, 09:27:25 AM »
I have mach3 demo version. I am using Sheet cam to create code from DXF files. I can import into mach3 and run the cutting simulation on the screen, but can't get the router to move. I must be missing something. Can someone point me in the right direction to getting the signal to the router. I have the parallel cable connected.  :-\
Thanks

Offline ger21

*
  • *
  •  6,282 6,282
    • View Profile
    • The CNC Woodworker
Re: new guy
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2015, 11:30:59 AM »
You need to enable the motors and setup the ports and pins.
Also, make sure that Mach3 is not in Estop.
Gerry

2010 Screenset
http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

JointCAM Dovetail and Box Joint software
http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html
Re: new guy
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2015, 11:47:18 AM »
Gerry,

Is there a tutorial on set up from mach3 or online that you know of?

Thanks,

Bill

Offline ger21

*
  • *
  •  6,282 6,282
    • View Profile
    • The CNC Woodworker
Re: new guy
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2015, 01:43:32 PM »
There are videos on Machsupport.com
Gerry

2010 Screenset
http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

JointCAM Dovetail and Box Joint software
http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html

Offline beefy

*
  •  138 138
    • View Profile
Re: new guy
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2015, 04:30:28 PM »
And a PDF manual.
Re: new guy
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2015, 05:32:04 PM »
Scroll down to the "Member Docs" section of this forum, and download the "MACH 3 TUTORIAL - SETTING UP A BASIC 3 AXIS MILL" pdf file. It is a clearly written, step by step  tutorial, with page examples showing all the many parts of the puzzle. In addition to the videos, this will have you up and running, with a total overview of Mach3.
Re: new guy
« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2015, 08:55:15 AM »
Thanks a lot!!! It will be good reading tonight. ;D
Re: new guy
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2015, 11:37:16 AM »
New Guy Again,

Ok, new problem, set ports and pins, no movement in any direction when running program. (x, y or z) thought it might be the new port I installed so I checked out other posts and determined that I should disconnect the parallel plug from the box and check the voltages coming through the cable. I ran a program and checked pins 10,11,12,13, and they are all showing 5.12 V. so now I am stumped again. any ideas what to do next??? ???

Thanks

Offline ger21

*
  • *
  •  6,282 6,282
    • View Profile
    • The CNC Woodworker
Re: new guy
« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2015, 11:44:49 AM »
When you try jogging, are the DRO's showing movement (numbers changing)?

If not, then your setup is not correct.

If they do show movement, then do this.
Pick an axis, and measure that axis direction pin while you jog it back and forth. It should change from 0V in one direction, and 5V in another.
Gerry

2010 Screenset
http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/2010.html

JointCAM Dovetail and Box Joint software
http://www.g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html
Re: new guy
« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2015, 11:51:33 AM »
Have you defined your "e-stop" input and set it to be enabled.

No e-stop defined, nothing will move..  you can "frig" the e-stop by defining it and then setting it to either active high or low and that will perimiantly clear the e-stop (see my note below regarding mushroom buttons)

I'd suggest you go into you C:/Mach3 folder and copy and paste you XML file so we can have a look at what you've setup and what you may not have setup.

the XML file defines all of your settings.... it is normally called by the same name that your mach3 profile is (for instance MachMill / Plasma etc etc).  you can open the file up using notepad (although it will look like a long read trying to order everything.... there is an SML viewer listed on here somewhere.... I personally use the Microsoft XML editor (available free)... but normally just load your profile into mach and run through all the settings.

It would be helpful to know something about your machine setup (i.e. what leadscrews you are using (their pitch), and what settings you have for microstepping on your drives, what type of machine you are running .... mill, plasma, etc ... do you have an e-stop (essential if you ask me! [can't beat a mushroom button in a panic]), do you have home switches, limit switches etc etc.

It is sooo much easier looking at an XML file than just asking questions and batting things back & forth.

Rob

Rob

Albert Einstein ― “If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself.”