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Sending Mach4 output conditions as text messages
« on: January 30, 2022, 12:05:17 PM »
We're a Makers space with a donated AVID 4x4 CNC router. We have experienced CNC users and will have newbies who will be trained/guided/supervised but we expect will have accidents, hopefully minor. We have an idea to use an Arduino with an SMS shield to report output conditions to support staff who may not be at the machine while it is being used by the operator. It's an AVID controller with an ESS Smoothstepper.
The question here is what conditions trigger the Alarm and Parts Competed outputs?

Is Parts Completed simply the execution of the last line of G Code or is there another trigger for this condition? And what condition toggles this output off?

What conditions can create an Alarm output?

My apologies if this information is contained somewhere in the Mach4 documentation but if so, we haven't found it yet.

I know it's a weird question, but this is collective is filled with hackers and makers.