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How to use EasyScriber with Mach4
« on: April 04, 2021, 11:43:45 AM »
I have an Avid CNC RouterPro setup with OEM configuration of Mach4, and use it in both router and plasma (Hypetherm Powermax 45XP) configurations; have the THC from Avid and there is no customization, everything is as sold by Avid.

I have recently added an EasyScriber marking tool, but was unable to make it work with Mach4. The program starts, goes to position, then slowly descends, compresses the scriber, then compresses the torch until it triggers the mechanical switch inside the torch holder and then stops. My workflow starts with Fusion 360 -> export draft as DXF (or Adobe Illustrator exported as DXF) -> SheetCam -> Mach4. I followed the instructions on the Easyscriber website to configure a dedicated tool (feedrate 100ipm, cut height 0in, start delay 0s, pause at end 0s).

How should I configure Mach4 to make scribing possible? I tried turning off the three switches in the Mach4 > THC Anti-Dive tab (Time Delay, Velocity Based, and Voltage Based Anti-Dive) with no benefit. The Hypertherm plasma generator is set to marking/gouging mode at 10 Amps although that probably shouldn't matter, as the generator detects that a torch error. I can post pictures/video if needed.

Thank you for any advice.
« Last Edit: April 04, 2021, 11:47:51 AM by DesertRider »
Re: How to use EasyScriber with Mach4
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2021, 10:35:59 PM »
The reason it stops is that it waits for the Arc OK signal. Turnign the torch off in Mach 4 (or in G code) solved the problem.