Knowledge Base

Search our knowledge base to find all kinds of tip sheets and how-to's.

Data Collector

Overview The data collector plugin allows you to track the state of a signal between multiple ru...

How to Use Documentation Library

Welcome to the MachMotion Support Documentation Library. Here is a quick overview of certain scr...

MachMotion Previous Documentation Archive

NOTE: The documentation page referenced below is no longer maintained. It is available for refere...

Mechanical

Here are some instructions on how to do some light mechanical work.

Computer Basics

Learn proper shut-down, system requirements and some "basic" hardware/software functions on your ...

Getting Started

Look here to see some helpful info on machine readiness and the first steps of installation and p...

VFD's and Spindles

Find some guidance on VFD and spindle setup/use.

Motion Controllers

Some tips on the full suite of MachMotion motion controllers.

Supporting Software

Resources for some of the programs you might use in tandem with Mach.

Stepper/Servo

Knowledge base chapter on all things stepper or servo.

General Mach Parameters

Look here for minor tweaks you can make to Mach to improve performance.

Machining

Learn how to utilize Mach presets and features to do some actual machining.

Mach4 - In Depth

Take a closer look at Mach4.

Enable or Disable Mach4 PLC 1000 Series

To enable/disable the PLC in Mach4, follow the attached instructions.   File Type Docume...

1000 Series Mach4 Aux Button Setup

On the 1000 Series control, there are six user auxiliary buttons that can be configured.   To...

gcEdit error in Mach4

Problem: When attempting to edit g-code, user receives a gcEdit error.   Solution: With the c...

Pendant Info-Mach4

Adjusting Pendant Acceleration You can adjust the pendant acceleration by going to the Settings ...

Setting Spindle RPM (Mach4)

Problem: Not going the correct RPM? Is the spindle encoder configured correctly? Option 1 Te...

Setup Gears in Mach4

Setup gears If you do not know the gear ratio on the spindle, setup the spindle as follows: Se...

G73 / G83 Peck Drilling Reposition Location - Mach4

Symptoms The control descends too far on a rapid reposition and breaks drill bits. High-speed ...

Global Messaging - Mach4

Global Messaging Version 3 1. Access Global Messaging To setup Global Messaging go to Configura...

Enable Slave Axis in Mach4

There are 2 configuration options: Homing with Home/Limit switch on the Master: First: In the M...

Update Mach4 without internet to control

To update Mach4 software without internet to the control you can do so by completing the followin...

Pendant going the same direction or the same speed - Mach4

Problem:  When moving the MPG Pendant really fast and it continues in the same direction or the ...

Open G-Code in Command Prompt - Mach4

Command Lines to Open and Close a G-Code File in Mach4: Open:C:\Mach4\tools\MachUtil\MachUtil.ex...

Machine Slams on Stop Command-Mach4

If you do a stop and it stops instantly and is hard on the machine, you can turn it into a contro...

Plasma Laser Alignment Offsets Mach4

The laser alignment is set by tool offsets. This is in the tool table and down at the bottom.  Yo...

Mach4 Plasma Target or Sampled

Getting torch height control (THC) to work properly in Mach4 Plasma screen: When running target ...

Dual Spindle Setup-Mach4

Tool Assignments Tool 100 is the secondary spindle. Pockets 1-20 are for the primary spindle. ...

Mach4 Axis Motor Calibration

If your machine is moving incorrect commanded distances, it might be a matter of being calibrated...

How to Turn Off Home In Place - Mach4

Home in place is a feature that allows axes to home in their current position. This is usually us...

Aligning Slave Axis Gantry - Mach4

To align the gantry, an offset move can be configured for the slave axis once homing has been com...

Mach4 Plasma Torque Offset

To adjust the amount torque offset you will need to do the following steps. Move torch over mate...

Starting Mach4 With Command Line Parameters

Modifying the Mach4 shortcut Right click on the Icon used to open Mach4 and select Properties. ...

Tool Setter Video

Here is a great video resource on using an automatic or manual tool setter in Mach4. This video s...

Wiring and Connecting

If it has to be wired up or plugged in, look here.

Calculating

Use our calculators to calibrate your machine and motors.

2000 Series

Here are some articles specifically related to 2000 series controls.

Windows

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Winerack Style Tool Changer

Overview The MachMotion plugin has support a wine rack tool changing system. It works by taking ...

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