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Re: How do I get mach 4 to run with Heiz xero3 controller?
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2015, 02:24:14 PM »
oh btw is it possible to run this mach 4 dealie from an ipad?  thanks!
Re: How do I get mach 4 to run with Heiz xero3 controller?
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2015, 04:58:02 PM »
Not going to happen on an iPad because there is no way to run Mach4.

There are reports that some people have run Mach4 on a Surface Pro.
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Re: How do I get mach 4 to run with Heiz xero3 controller?
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2015, 10:47:25 AM »
Hello again.. I'm afraid I'm going to start asking you guys a lotttta questions :-) How do I get the software to start from xyz 000? How do I change the orientation of the axis? How do you create macros?

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Re: How do I get mach 4 to run with Heiz xero3 controller?
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2015, 11:40:19 AM »
What I'm finding now is that when I load gcode intio mach 4 its no longer showing the simulation on screen. Secondly when i try pressing reference all axes. The machine stops working and I have to reload the software just to get the motors to run again. Any ideas?

The gcode I have is from winpc nc so i'm looking to get xyz and e back to 0000 before kicking off the rest of the code...


Re: How do I get mach 4 to run with Heiz xero3 controller?
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2015, 02:06:01 AM »
A general tip - if the topic of your questions changes, it is better to start a new thread on the forum, rather than to keep appending to this thread.  Specially now as your questions move more towards generic Mach4 operation questions than Xero3 specific questions.  That said...

For writing macros, Mach4 uses a programming language called "Lua" for its macros.  Search this forum and look in the :Mach4 Toolbox" sub-forum for samples.

How do you change the orientation of an axis?  I'm not sure what you mean.  Do you mean something like change the direction of the X axis to positive moves travel to the left instead of the right?  Or do you mean something like make the Y axis move left & right, and the X axis move in and out?

Ref All Home **should** start homing the machine.  But there are a couple of things that need to be configured before this will work.  But that shouldn't cause the machine to stop working.  What exactly does "stop working" mean?  When this happens, do you see any error messages in the status line?  The status line is down near the bottom of the Mach4 screen - though you may need to click on the "History" button to see all of the messages.  If you exit Mach4 and re-start it, can you then run the machine again?  Or do you have to also unplug the PMDX SmartBOB also?

You need to have home switches defined for each axis (see Configure->Mach, then click on the "Input Signals" tab).  You also need to set the homing order for each axis.  See the Configure->Mach menu, then click on "Homing/SoftLimits" tab.  Homing order values are non-zero (if you want the axis to "home"), with 1 being the first axis to home, and higher numbers following in order.  You can assign the same value to multiple axes and Mach4 will attempt to home them at the same time.  If the "Home in Place" column is enabled (a green check mark), Mach4 won't actually move that axis, it will simply declare that whatever the axis' current position is, THAT is home.

Bob

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Re: How do I get mach 4 to run with Heiz xero3 controller?
« Reply #15 on: December 21, 2015, 12:48:45 PM »
Thanks I'll add some new posts/ I was using winpc nc before this and the axis orientation ie + or - are different to what is in mach 4. So apart from having to write a converter to change + and - values is there any way i can change the orientation of the xyz axis?

Also the tool paths have partially dissaperaed off the screen. I can only see part of what the machine was printign before not the whole thing. I have no idea how to get it back.