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tweakie Dátum/Date: Szerda, 2014-06-18, 18:25 | Üzenet/Post # 1
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Mach4 is probably still a long way from being released to the world but I have now started to do some practical testing and this is just a short video of one of the test runs I was able to do today. http://www.graytel.talktalk.net/Mach4.wmv

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tweakie Dátum/Date: Péntek, 2014-06-20, 09:11 | Üzenet/Post # 2
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Further testing with Mach4 has been put on hold for a while for the software team to resolve an issue I have discovered with it's handling of M codes. May be a quick fix, may take some while - I will just have to wait and see.

For those wishing to get a feel of Mach4 the download link for the demo version is here http://www.machsupport.com/software/mach4/

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picengraver Dátum/Date: Péntek, 2014-06-27, 12:00 | Üzenet/Post # 3
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Tweakie,
I just watched the video - I'm turning green. biggrin
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tweakie Dátum/Date: Péntek, 2014-06-27, 14:12 | Üzenet/Post # 4
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Hi John,

Nobody seems to know why but the motion is just so much smoother with Mach4 in fact the machine sounds entirely different than it does under Mach3.
Art (the founder of Artsoft / Mach3) has now purchased a Synrad laser tube to fit on his machine so it looks like Mach4 will end up having good laser support (I hope).

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tweakie Dátum/Date: Péntek, 2014-06-27, 14:32 | Üzenet/Post # 5
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Just for the fun of it I placed a second monitor in the shot and tagged the video of the second run onto the first video biggrin http://www.graytel.talktalk.net/Mach4B.wmv

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Amatőr Dátum/Date: Péntek, 2014-06-27, 18:49 | Üzenet/Post # 6
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tweakie, it is a Hollywood-like video, We will nominate You for the Oscar in the best operator smile
Really, nice video!


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tweakie Dátum/Date: Péntek, 2014-06-27, 19:47 | Üzenet/Post # 7
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biggrin

Thanks Zoltan.

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tweakie Dátum/Date: Szombat, 2014-09-27, 15:47 | Üzenet/Post # 8
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One more short video showing the combined cutting and engraving toolpaths making use of the spindle PWM signal to adjust the laser power setting.

http://www.graytel.talktalk.net/Darwin 2.wmv

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Amatőr Dátum/Date: Szombat, 2015-02-28, 16:14 | Üzenet/Post # 9
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Hi boys!
When I turn on the PC and start Mach, there is a value in Z and X axis DRO. I have to manually zero them.
Is there a setting somewhere to start up with zero values?


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tweakie Dátum/Date: Szombat, 2015-02-28, 16:40 | Üzenet/Post # 10
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Config / General Config - Axis DRO properties - uncheck all but Copy G54...

Offsets screen - zero G54 offsets and then save Work Offsets.

That should do it  smile

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Amatőr Dátum/Date: Szombat, 2015-02-28, 17:17 | Üzenet/Post # 11
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Idézet tweakie ()
That should do it

It did.
Thank You for helping again!


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tweakie Dátum/Date: Vasárnap, 2015-03-01, 06:06 | Üzenet/Post # 12
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My pleasure sir.

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tweakie Dátum/Date: Kedd, 2015-10-20, 07:48 | Üzenet/Post # 13
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Just by way of an update...

The software development of Mach4 has not been as rapid as I had originally envisaged and there are still many issues (bugs perhaps) to be addressed before it is ready to take over from Mach3. Mid stream changes to the API were a setback to some developers of external motion controllers and in the case of the Warp9 Smooth Stepper interest seems to have been totally lost in any development of a USB version plugin software. Overall, very few (if any) semi-professional users of Mach3 have switched over to using Mach4 - there seems to be too many 'work-arounds' required to overcome what may be considered basic software problems. 
Shame really as it has been some 18 months since my original evaluations and it looks like there may still be a long wait (perhaps another couple of years) before I can be certain Mach4 is reliable enough for me to use it in a semi-production environment.

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