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Probe macro
« on: May 08, 2008, 01:58:22 PM »
This is my first attempt at writing a macro for Mach3.

All suggestions welcomed.

My approach is to take my home made probe that has 3 contact points, one on each side on one for the top.
The probe straddles the workpiece which is narrow.
I will be using the A-axis limit input to determine when the probe has made contact



sub Main
  dim yStart,yMin,ymax,yMid,z as double;

  rem get the yAxis value
  rem increment until probe connects

  yStart=getOEMdro(86)
  yMax=yStart
  while not getOemLed(837) do
    yMax=yMax+0.0001
    Code "g0 y"&yMax
  wend;

rem reset and go the initial yAxis value
rem decrement until probe connects

  yMin=yStart
  code "g0 y"&yStart
  while not getOemLed(838) do
    yMin=yMin-0.0001
    Code "g0 y"&yMin
  wend;

rem calculate midpoint and move to it
rem set yDro to 0

  yMid=yMax-yMin
  code "g0 y"&yMid
  setOEMDro(801,0)

rem get the zaxis value and plunge until probe connects

  z=getOemDro(802)  ' zDRO value
  while not getOemLed(839) do
    z=z-0.0001
    Code "g0 y"&z
  wend;

rem Set the z dro to the standard's height

  setOEMdro(802,1)
end sub

Re: Probe macro
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008, 08:34:35 PM »
why not use the built in probe function, G31. Thats what it for.

Here is a probe in Z macro:

CurrentFeed = GetOemDRO(818) 'Get the current feedrate.
PlateThickness = 0.062 'plate thickness
ProbeFeed = 1.0 'probing feedrate


Code "G90 F" &ProbeFeed

If GetOemLed (825)=0 Then
'Code "G4 P5" Time to get to the z-plate
Code "G31Z-1 F" &ProbeFeed
While IsMoving()
Wend
Code "G4 P0.25"
ZProbePos = GetVar(2002)
Code "G0 Z" &ZProbePos
While IsMoving ()
Wend
Call SetDro (2, PlateThickness)
Code "G4 P0.5" 'Pause for Dro to update.
Code "G0 Z 0.1" 'Change the Z retract height here
Code "(Z axis is now zeroed)"
Code "F" &CurrentFeed
Else
Code "(Plate is grounded, check connection and try again)"
Exit Sub
End If