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#### bobwelder

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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2017, 09:44:15 AM »
Hi Craig
See attached.

#### joeaverage

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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2017, 09:49:17 AM »
Hi,
when you jog the Z axis does it physically move?

Craig
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#### bobwelder

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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2017, 09:52:44 AM »
Hi
Yes it does. The machine works perfectly. I just want to do material detect using a floating head.
But all the sample scripts i find dont seem to fire the Probe because it appears that there is no Z to read but i know the z is fine.
Grr
Thanks
Rob

#### joeaverage

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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2017, 09:58:05 AM »
Hi,
forget the G31 until you have this sorted.

On the diagnostic screen jog the Z axis. Does the axis physically move? Does the number Current Position change? Does the number Machine Co-ordinate change?

Craig
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#### joeaverage

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« Reply #14 on: November 06, 2017, 10:14:22 AM »
Hi,
it fundamental to Mach, in fact all CNC machines if an axis moves then the machine co-ordinates change.

If your Z axis is moving and your Z axis machine co-ordinates are not changing the your copy of Mach is broken somehow.

G31 is coded in current work co-ordinates. So:

G31 Z -0.5 F10...... will cause the Z axis to drive at a rate of 10 in/min from its current location to -0.5 inch or until it detects a probe strike.

Craig
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#### bobwelder

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« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2017, 10:26:23 AM »
Hi Craig
When I jog the Z axis it moves, The current position changes but the Machine Coords do not change even though they do for the XY
I've installed Mach3 on 3 computers now and I have the same problem. I'm confused.
Plain vanilla installs as well, nothing changed.
Oh and the G31 works but when I trigger the Probe it doesnt stop the Z axis.
I need to look into this further.
Thanks
Rob

#### ger21

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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2017, 11:57:41 AM »
What motion controller are you using?
As Craig says, if the machine is moving, the machine coordinates should be changing. If not, something is seriously wrong with your installation.
Gerry

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#### bobwelder

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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2017, 12:20:41 PM »
Hi Gerry
I'm using a UC100 from cnc4you.co.uk
Its just odd that the other axis are fine.

Thanks
Rob

#### joeaverage

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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2017, 12:35:21 PM »
Hi,
I can' conceive of a fault that would allow an axis to move WITHOUT the machine co-ords changing.

Try a fresh copy of Mach. other than that I think it must be the controller. Email CNCDrive direct.

Craig
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#### ger21

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« Reply #19 on: November 06, 2017, 02:59:09 PM »
Do you have the latest plugin for the UC100? You can update it from the plugin monitor screen in Mach3.
Gerry

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