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CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« on: July 10, 2019, 11:28:31 AM »
Attemting to configure Mach3 with an Endurance 10Watt+ Laser, a friend tells me to Select 'Plugin Control' then
Mach’s Menu->Plugin Control ->Spindle,THC & Laser Config:
I'm told to place a check next to PWM and set base Freq to 1000Hz and make sure ‘XY PWM Output’ is blank.

However I have no access to this screen, because when I select ‘Plugin Control’ all I get is a Drop down box showing  text for ‘Video Windo’

Do I need to add a Plugin ???
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 02:06:39 PM »
Hi,
the C11 is a parallel port breakout board. If you are using Machs parallel port then there is no plugin per se.

Craig
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 06:31:19 PM »
OK Craig, so now what. Is my system junked ??
Where do I go from here ?
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 08:05:56 PM »
Hi,
no I dont think so. All the settings are on Machs configuration pages, not a plugin.

You need to probe the C11 output with a multimeter to see if it is generating and output voltage.
How are you turning the PWM on? Are you using M10/M11's ?

Craig
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 05:42:37 AM »
Ok Craig, many thanks. Now I'm going to be really rude and also honest. I'm not sure about this 'port switching' thingy! I have been following a guide written by a friend in George in Ausie, a transcript is attached together with a guide that I thought he had written, in my foolishness I thought it was one and the same person, turns out not.
I have attached a PDF with some links and files, I really would like to clear things up and get this device working as it was very expensive.
To sum it up! I have Msach3 R3 043.063
Aspire 4.5
CNC4PC C11 parallel port break out board.
If at the end of the day I have to go to Warp9 ESS then so be it! for the moment I want to see if it run good with what I have.

George talks about external PWM addons I'll have a look at ESS and see if it is incorporated onto their board.

If you find time to read through George's messages I would be extremely grateful to you.
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 07:44:15 AM »
Hi,
cant open the link.

Tweakie is a past master at controlling a laser with Mach. To my knowledge Machs parallel port supports PWM for power
level modulation and M10/M11 for tightly synchronized on/off of the laser with axis movement.

The ESS does the same. The ESS Mach4 plugin also offers realtime laser rastering/vectoring. I'm not really sure exactly what that
means but it is apparently quite a coup that the ESS should have it.

Craig
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2019, 08:08:56 AM »
Hi George,

Which motion controller (that does not support the M11/M10 command set) are you using with your C11 breakout board ?

Tweakie.
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2019, 01:02:03 PM »
Not sure of the question Tweekie. All I have is the C11 board.
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2019, 01:45:46 PM »
No ESS used on my system Tweekie,Craig. All I have is the C11 Board.
When I bought my lase it came with a 'Laser control box' which had switches as shown in the picture attached.

The first thing I'm asked to do is connect my Breakout board to my ESS (which I don't have)

Maybe you could look at the PDF attached,as you say I may have to purchase an ESS Smoothstepper from Warp9
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Re: CNC4PC C11 plugin for Mach3
« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2019, 02:59:47 PM »
Hi,
I think Tweakie will confirm that you can do this with Machs parallel port. To use the parallel port you MUST have a PC
with Windows 7 32 bit or earlier. Any later version of Windows or any 64 bit OS and the parallel port is a DEAD DUCK.

You have a very comprehensive set of instructions predicated on the use of an ESS......if you want to be able to use those instructions
the you'll need an ESS.

Craig
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