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New guy needs help!
« on: May 09, 2006, 10:33:39 PM »
I am interested in making a CNC Plasma cutter. All road signs point to the Mach software. Is there anywhere I'm supposed to start? I feel like just downloading the trial and playing with it but not even sure which Mach to use (2 or 3). Is there a primer or can anyone give me some direction here? Many thanks in advance!
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Re: New guy needs help!
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2006, 11:06:12 PM »
Use Mach3 and check out the video section so you will know more about how the software is set up and so on :)
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Re: New guy needs help!
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2006, 01:30:45 AM »
I,m doing the same thing - a plasma cutting table - however I was told a Mach 2 is more suited to a plasma - the one thing I have found is the standard Mach 2 screen has a lot of stuff on it that I don,t need, it sure would be nice if somebody has a screen specifically set up for Plasma cutting.

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Re: New guy needs help!
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2006, 01:36:33 PM »
Someone conveniently had this thread going. I'm as newbie as can be and would like to know what kind of an interface card and stepper drivers I need to get steppers do engraving. I'm aiming at 3D wood engraving and carving, can this be done with Machs and which one of them. From where should I look for the electronics? If I want to carve 3D faces, do I need an angle movement for the spindle? 

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R.AP.
Re: New guy needs help!
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2006, 02:27:46 PM »
A simple 3 axis mill/ router is what 99% of the people use.. Most seem to use Gecko drives and take a look at the PMDX board that plugs into the gecko drives it is VERY slick and cuts down on the wires that you have to run for a stepper system.

Hope that helps
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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2006, 03:50:54 PM »
Thanks Brian. Don't I also need an interface card connecting the drive and PC?

R.AP.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2006, 04:08:28 PM »
Nope you are going to drive the machine from the printer port... :) You could use a Grex from Gecko but that is more money...
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Re: New guy needs help!
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2006, 05:35:46 PM »
Thanks Brian! I'm going to check out Mach 3 and I'm sure I will have more questions.
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Re: New guy needs help!
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2006, 06:31:36 PM »
Nope you are going to drive the machine from the printer port... :) You could use a Grex from Gecko but that is more money...

Ah, ok. Thanks again Brian.

R.AP.
Re: New guy needs help!
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2006, 11:25:52 PM »
Hey Brian!

Where to find out more info on PMDX board?  Is that a Gecko product?

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Sid