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2000 Series Router Operating Manual

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1. Introduction

1.1 Control Startup

To open the control software double-click on the profile icon on the desktop.

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Control Icon

1.2 Overview

This manual gives the process for basic operation of a using the Mill / Router MachMotion control. The screen is shown below, followed by a brief summary of the different features of the screen. The number shown in the screenshot refers to a brief description below the image. 

Control Screen Overview:

GCode Tab

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  1. Tool Path
    • Regen ToolPath - Refresh the toolpath of the gcode
    • View Top - Top view of the part
    • View ISO - Side view of the part
  2. File
    • Recent - Load a recently loaded gcode program
    • Load - Load a program from the computer or flash drive
    • Edit - Edit the code that is loaded into the software
    • Close - Close the gcode that is currently loaded in the software
  3. Control
    • Cycle Start - Starts the gcode from from the beginning of the part
    • Feed Hold - Pauses the gcode program and keeps the spindle running
    • Cycle Stop - Stops the gcode program from running
    • Reset - Resets the alarm and also enables the machine
  4. Status
    • Status - Displays any current messages (Home All Pressed, Cycle Start Pressed, etc.)
    • State - Displays the current state of the machine (Run, Feedhold, etc)
    • Cycle Time - Displays how long the gcode has been running
    • Date - Date and time of the timezone of the control
  5. DROs (Axis Digital Readouts)
    • MDI - Opens up a window that allows for gcode commands
    • Viewing Part - Shows the part coordinates or machine coordinates of the machine
  6. Active Modals
    • Active Offset - Shows the current active fixture offset (G54, G55, etc)
  7. Tool Display
    • T - The current tool number selected
    • Next Tool - The next tool that the gcode will need
    • Diameter - Diameter of the tool 
    • Length - Length of the tool
  8. Feedrate Display
    • F - The current feedrate commanded
    • Feed OV - The current Feedrate Override utilizing the Feedrate Override knob on the operating panel (0-200%)
    • Rapid OV - The current Rapid Override utilizing the Rapid Override knob on the operating panel (0-200%)
  9. Spindle Display
    • S - The current spindle speed
    • TSpeed - The current spindle speed feedback
    • FWD - Turns on if the spindle is moving Forward
    • REV - Turns on if the spindle is moving in Reverse
    • Spindle OV - The current spindle override utilizing the spindle override knob on the operating panel (0-200%)
    • Spindle Load - The current spindle load utilizing the spindle speed feedback
    • Range - Displays the current spindle range (spindle pulley) 
  10. Advanced
    • Single Block - If active the software will go line by line through the gcode when you press the cycle start button
    • Block Delete - Deletes the block of gcode that is selected
    • Part Counter - Displays the number of parts that the machine has produced
    • M1 OPT Stop - If active the software will stop at any M1 commands in the gcode program and waits for cycle start
    • Alexsys - Opens up the conversational assistant Alexsys in another window
    • Dry Run - If active the software will ignore all mist or flood commands
    • M-S-T Lock - If active the software will ignore all Macro codes, Spindle codes and Tool commands
    • Run From Here\File Resume:

      1. Use the Up/Down arrows in the G-Code file window to select the line to start from 
      2. Press the [Run From Here] or [File Resume] button 
      3. Select the [Change to Needed Tool] button if applicable (See Image Below)
      4. Enter desired value in the Feed Rate field (See Image Below)
      5. Select axis to move and press [Move Selected] button (See Image Below) to move the axis into position
      6. Select desired Auxiliary Settings and press [Turn On Selected Auxiliaries] button 
      7. Press [Cycle Start] to begin the file at selected starting line File Resume - If selected this will start the program at the selected gcode line and resumes the file

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    • Collapse v - If selected this will minimize the Advanced buttons
Tools Tab

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  1. Edit
    • Edit Offsets - No offset changes can be made unless this value is yellow. It also displays the zero buttons near the DROs to the right. 
  2. Tools
    • Tool Table - View and edit tool table
  3. Pockets
    • Register Tools - Register and save tools 
  4. Calibrate
  5. Tool Life Management - Will be added in the future
  6. Jump to Tool Number
    • 1,2,3,4 etc. -  Tool number (Tool change). Just press the button and the tool will change. 

For 7-13 see the [Gcode Tab] above for more details

 

Fixtures Tab - Manual Setup

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  1. Edit
    • Edit Offsets - View and edit fixture offsets
  2. Fixtures
    • Fixtures Table - View and edit fixture table (G54, G55, G56, etc.)
  3. X/Y Edge Finder Offset
    • X+ - Zeros the X + offset
    • X- - Zeros the X - offset
    • Y+ - Zeros the X+ offset
    • Y- - Zeros the Y- offset
    • Edge Finder Diameter - This is the diameter of the edge finder used to calculate the new offset based on the zero button pressed above. 
  4. Fixture Offsets
    • X, Y, Z, etc. - Shows the currently loaded offset. 
  5. Rotary Axis
    • X,Y, Z - 

For 7-13 see the [Gcode Tab] above for more details

 

Fixtures Tab - Probing Setup

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This tab is used to setup your part or measure a part. See this link for more information: https://support.machmotion.com/books/software/page/machmotion-probing-wizard . 

 

Service Tab - Maintenance

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  1. Limits
    • Soft Limits - Toggles software limits on or off
    • Limit Override - Toggles to allow for the machine to move off a limit switch
  2. PLC
    • Reset Pocket - Only used for tool changers. 
    • PLC Sequence - 
  3. Enable
    • Disable - Toggles if the machine is enabled or disabled
  4. Settings
    • Interface Config - 
    • Motion Controller - Opens the plugin for the Motion Controller
    • Screen Config - Edit the screen layout
    • Industrial Theme -
    • Toggle Menu - Turns the menu on or off 
    • Compile Scripts - Refreshes (recompiles) programming scripts
  5. Homing
    • Home X - Homes the X axis
    • Home Y - Homes the Y axis
    • Home Z - Homes the Z axis
    • Home All - Homes all axes
  6. Support
    • Remote Support - Starts a remote support session with MachMotion Technical Support
    • Support - Opens up the online MachMotion Support Library
    • Updates - Checks for updates for MachMotion Software
    • History - Views status history and alarms
  7. User
    • Logout - Logs out of the Windows username
    • Power - Turns off the computer

For 7-13 see the [Gcode Tab] above for more details

 

Service Tab - Dashboard

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The Dashboard is used to make the control just the way you want it! For more information, see this link: https://support.machmotion.com/books/mach4-control-features/page/2000-series-commands-function-buttons-and-dashboard . 

 

Service Tab - Machine I/O

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This tab is used for diagnostics and shows all your machine IO. 

 

2. Homing

To home the Machine, begin by click the [Reset] button and then the [Service] tab and click on [Home All].

 

3. Programmed Movement

3.1 MDI

To command a movement using the MDI feature, press the [MDI] button.

Enter the desired G-Code command into the field and press [Cycle Start] to execute the command(s). The up/down arrow buttons will scroll through the history of cycled commands. Click the Red [X] to close the MDI window.

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Example MDI Command

3.2 G-Code

The primary method of commanding motion is using G-Code files. G-Code files can be hand written, generated by a wizard, or generated from CAD files using a CAM program.

3.2.6 Tool Path Screen

Below are the controls to manipulate the tool path screen:

  • Zoom – Right click with the mouse and move mouse up/down or using the scroll wheel on the mouse
  • Rotate – Left click with the mouse and rotate the part by moving the mouse
  • Pan – Press and hold [Ctrl] on the keyboard and left click with the mouse, then pan by moving the mouse (one-hand control option is to use left and right mouse click and move the mouse. No [Ctrl] press needed)

 

4. Tools and Tool Offsets

See the Offset tab above. 

 

5. Spindle Control

5.1 G-Code Spindle Control

The spindle is controlled through G-Code using the M-Codes M3 (Clockwise), M4 (Counterclockwise), and M5 (Off). To control the spindle speed in RPMs an S word is added.

For example, M3 S2000 would turn the spindle on in the clockwise direction at 2000 RPM.

5.2 Manual Spindle Control

To control the spindle separately from G-Code use the spindle control on the operating panel. The [Spindle FWD] turns the spindle on clockwise and the [Spindle REV] turns the spindle on counterclockwise.