I upgraded from cnc plus to cnc professional level 5. Now one of my one of the servo motors on my gantry says it is turned off. I try to move the x axis and an error comes up motor 1 is off, cannot move. The gantry is moved with 2 servo motors labeled xa, and xb. When I used cnc plus they both operated fine. I upgraded, because I was having issues with the fractional pulse counts from the encoders causing the machine to drift out of tolerance. Anyone know where to see if the motor has been turned off in the software somewhere?
Last edited by japco43; 09-20-2010 at 09:28 AM. Reason: incorrect card number
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I usually trouble shoot the status of the galil card using the Galil DMCTerminal program.
You can talk directly to the card with the two letter mnemonics.
For e.g. TS (Tell Switches) will give the status for the each axis and the overtravel inputs.
Bit 5 if on indicates the motor is turned off.
Perhaps the new software is setting bit 5 of that axis?
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I'll assume Camsoft fixed you up but answer the question anyway.
Make this little macro
COMMAND MG _MOA 'status of A axis
COMMAND MG _MOB 'status of B axis
MESSAGE A is \999 B is \998
Now put [MOTORSTATUS] anywhere you'd like to know in your .cbk. A good quick spot to try is in your timer.fil so you can see motor status every time the timer file runs.
I am trying to rout a keyhole shape in plastic. The hole part is choppy. I am using camsoft cnc pro level 5. any ideas where to look to solve the choppy hole problem?
Is your hole more like a facetted hole simular to how auto cad draws a circle?
How many encoder pulses do you have to move your machine 1"? the more marks the better the circle. did you draw your part in AS 3000, or get your program from some other source? Do you use radius only, absolute center of arc, or incremental I and J for the arc center? Is your machine ridgid enough to maintain accuracy at the programmed feed rate? I have a gantry Oxy Fuel that weighs 8000 lbs. at 20 IPM on 1" steel plate the cut quality is as good as a 4000 watt laser. at 60 IPM the motors can not overcome the inertia and the software errors out for overtravel.
My 2 cents!!!
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