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default setup for multiple mills
« on: May 06, 2006, 06:24:53 PM »
I recently purchased the Mach software and I'm in the process of converting my Sieg X2 mini-mill to CNC.  I have a stepper controlled 40TPI leadscrew for the Z axis and I plan on having two separate setups for the X-Y axis.  In one setup I will want the software to control the 16TPI X-Y wheels for the main table.  I'm calling this my "course" table.  In another setup I will unplug the cables from the course table steppers, lock the tables, and mount a "fine" X-Y stage with 40TPI leadscrews on the course table for doing detailed engraving using the main spindle that is already under fine control.  I'm reusing my drivers and just using quick disconnects to transfer motor control between the course and fine tables.  Undoubtedly there will be different motor tuning and backlash compensation files for these different setups.  It doesn't appear that Mach3 lets me load two different defaults.  I can think of two possible ways around this.
1.  Have two different entire Mach3 folders and run the one for the table of interest
2.  Find out the file name where the defaults are stored and write a quick script to rename files for the machine of interest.
Am I such a newbie and the answer is right there in front of me but I haven't seen it yet? ( I did search the forum.)

Suggestions?  Thanks.

Re: default setup for multiple mills
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2006, 06:40:02 PM »
John this is NO problem! You are going to have to set up two profiles.. If you use the Mach3 (Not mach3 mill) icon you will see where you can create a new profile. this will make it so you can have both setups ready to run :) there is more info on this in the manual... But if you get to the point where you need help We are here..
Fixing problems one post at a time ;)

Re: default setup for multiple mills
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2006, 11:42:49 PM »
Of course!!  Thank you.  I've been so excited jumping in to make the motors move that I have neglected to actually read the manual first.  Lucky for me I've just been carving soap.  I certainly would have snapped a couple of bits already ;D

Thanks again.