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Re: First Month With SmoothStepper

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  • warp9td
    Hi Ray, Thank you for posting such a nice testimonial! I couldn t have paid someone to write one better ;-) I just posted a new plugin at
    Message 1 of 72 , Sep 30, 2008
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      Hi Ray,

      Thank you for posting such a nice testimonial! I couldn't have paid
      someone to write one better ;-)

      I just posted a new plugin at http://warp9td.com/downloads.htm. I
      found a bug in the negate settings for Port 2 Pins 2 through 6 when
      used as inputs. This could be the reason for the erratic operation of
      your pendant. Hope so anyway. The plugin also does soft limits,
      threading, two more encoder inputs, and quadrature as an optional mode
      of output (as opposed to step & direction).

      There are a number of open issues that I will be working on now that
      threading and soft limits are finished. Threading will have
      enhancements such as using the A and B outputs of the encoder in
      addition to the index output. I also need to support timing disks.
      But before I move on to those features I need to revisit slaved homing
      and a few other issues that have been reported to me. In this latest
      plugin there is a report of jogging not working in Turn if CSS is
      enabled, but Art and I have been unable to duplicate it. If anyone
      has a bug that has been reported to me in the past and I haven't fixed
      it yet, please let me know about it and I will get on it. If you're
      waiting for torch height control or backlash compensation, no need to
      mention it because I'm well aware ;-)

      Thanks,

      Greg


      --- In mach1mach2cnc@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Livingston"
      <jagboy1964@...> wrote:
      >
      > Just thought I'd pass along my experiences with SmoothStepper, after
      > about a month of use:
      >
      > I'd have to say this has been probably the best money I've spent on
      > this machine yet. I realized a few days ago that the machine has
      > been working flawlessly, where before I was plagued with flaky
      > failures, and erratic behavior. In addition to doubling my rapid
      > speeds, reliability has definitely improved. The only problem I've
      > had is my el-cheapo pendant (made from an old video-game controller)
      > no longer works reliably. But, that is as much, if not more, a
      > function of the "design" of the pendant as it is anything else, and
      > is easily resolved once I get motivated enough to do it.
      >
      > Installation was truly painless as well. I mounted the board inside
      > my PC case, and brought out two DB25 connectors. I simply moved my
      > existing PP cables to the new connectors, installed the plug-in, and
      > it all came up and worked on the first try, with *zero*
      > reconfiguration. It just doesn't get any better than that!
      >
      > Bottom line: SmoothStepper has been worth every penny it cost, and
      > then some! Highly recommended.
      >
      > Regards,
      > Ray L.
      >
    • Wayne Weedon
      ... I couldn t agree more. There is a workaround, but it isn t ideal. Set up an OEMTrigger to do a 1021 (I think) and have your external reset circuit pulse
      Message 72 of 72 , Oct 5, 2008
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        Mark Vaughan wrote:
        > What would be nice sometimes is the internal mach Estop to reset when you
        > reset the external manual Estop.
        >
        > Many of us do all our Estop control from an extranal circuit free from
        > software, when it's tripped it doesn't matter what mach's doing, the machine
        > stops, mach gets signalled and goes into Estop.

        I couldn't agree more. There is a workaround, but it isn't ideal.
        Set up an OEMTrigger to do a 1021 (I think) and have your external reset
        circuit pulse that.

        I wish that so called "RESET" button was a reset button not also an
        estop. or any other logical function!

        Wayne...

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