Mach3 won't handle the spindle servo properly without the ability for yo accept full Quadrature encoder feedback. It is important for being able to index the spindle for told changes.
And it would cost quite a bit to purchase everything required to make Mach work at which point I would definitely just go masso which is all inclusive but lacking in some functionality to date the biggest being no touch screen support which my primary input method is going to be.
Lastly, I am absolutely at my wit's end from Mach3 freaking out on my existing machine.. if it were to freak out on the big machine it could be extremely costly and I'm in no way interested in that becoming a reality. Mach3 is simply untrustworthy to me after years of use and headaches. Always does something silly at an inopportune moment such as randomly curl a probe tip, **** down in the middle of a program after a tool Change, or decide not to stop while jogging.
Those issues are random and not common occurance so are near impossible to track down and they don't happen frequently so it seems it waits for your guard to be down to bite ya.
Yeah.. no more Mach3 for me, just scares me with such a big piece of equipment. It isn't the functionality because I really enjoy the machstdmill user interface, it's excellent, it's just the bugs that annoy me and the lack of encoder feedback and the amount of add on components required to increase the performance.
I truly love the principal on which LinuxCNC runs on and the interface of pathpilot, and once it's figured and up and running I'm sure I will be thrilled with the decision. I just need to get past the initial setup and configuration headache. Would be cheaper to fly in a LinuxCNC/pathpilot guru probably to get everything running than some of the other options listed. And I really want the flexibility to upgrade the machine inexpensively which is what would push me away from centroid or other controllers more geared for industrial use. Seems like the entrance price isn't too bad bit beyond that the prices are very steep and I'm not wanting to pigeon hole myself to them.
I'm very close to getting the lathe up and running and figure I will cut my teeth on LinuxCNC for that project before switching over to the VMC. Should give me some much needed understanding ahead of time to avoid mistakes!
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