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Mach3 Longarm Quilting Machine
« on: January 30, 2019, 11:41:22 AM »
Hi,

I'm New to the Mach support Forum and was wondering if someone can maybe assist with some questions.

If automated my quilting machine using a X&Y pulley and using a mach3 breakout board, everything  works fine but I would like to know if the following will be possible.

1.  A command or button to have a needle up/down function

2.  A screen set where you can map your work area and fit your design into that area irrespective of the shape

3.  A command or button to do like a lock stitch before your start sewing so that it will lock in the thread

4.  Can you sync the sewing machine motor (AC) that the motor goes slower and faster as the X&Y moves(or does someone maybe
     know how to  make a easy stitch regulator where you can indicate how many stitches you wont per inc.


Hope that someone will be able to assist.


Thank  you 



 

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Re: Mach3 Longarm Quilting Machine
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2019, 01:28:12 PM »
1.  A command or button to have a needle up/down function

that can be done via a button script or a macro call like M8(cooling on) would be an exaple to Switch an Output

2.  A screen set where you can map your work area and fit your design into that area irrespective of the shape

here i am not realy sure what you exactly mean (may depend on my bad bavarian english)

3.  A command or button to do like a lock stitch before your start sewing so that it will lock in the thread


same as 1. maybe Mist On function can be used for that

4.  Can you sync the sewing machine motor (AC) that the motor goes slower and faster as the X&Y moves(or does someone maybe
     know how to  make a easy stitch regulator where you can indicate how many stitches you wont per inc.

dont know your breakout board, maybe o analog Output (witch is a mirror of the actual feedrate) can do this

so we Need some more informations about your Hardware.

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anything is possible, just try it.
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Re: Mach3 Longarm Quilting Machine
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 01:49:42 PM »
Mach3 breakout board sounds to me as cheap chinese :)
I'm not sure if it was on this forum or some other one, that someone uses Mach3 for quilting.
Use search, please.
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Re: Mach3 Longarm Quilting Machine
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2019, 01:52:12 PM »
Thank you for your reply.  Im not sure how to do all of this?

About number 2.  say maybe you have a square but its not 100% square can you maybe plot the 4 corners and insert your design into that

 
Re: Mach3 Longarm Quilting Machine
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2019, 01:53:42 PM »
Hi, ZASto

I have searched the forum but all dead ends

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Re: Mach3 Longarm Quilting Machine
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 02:02:55 PM »
Thank you for your reply.  Im not sure how to do all of this?

About number 2.  say maybe you have a square but its not 100% square can you maybe plot the 4 corners and insert your design into that

 

as sayed for 1. and 3. it will be easy to Switch an Output/relay on your breakout board (type??),
but how you can inplemet this on your quilting machine ??
anything is possible, just try it.
if you find some mistakes, in my bad bavarian english,they are yours.

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Re: Mach3 Longarm Quilting Machine
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2019, 02:18:33 AM »
Here are a couple of threads which may enable you to get started;

http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,13859.0.html

https://www.cnczone.com/forums/cnc-wood-router-project-log/57404-cam-software-33.html


I initially used a stepper to drive my machine and a slotted disc on the main shaft to sense the needle position (needle clear of work).
Although I obtained some reasonable results at embroidery, the mass of the moving parts prevented me getting any more than 4 stitches per second. The project required so much more experimentation to progress further and I eventually ran out of enthusiasm.

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« Last Edit: January 31, 2019, 05:43:20 AM by Tweakie.CNC »
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