Knowledge Base

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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NOTE: The documentation page referenced below is no longer maintained.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 ...

How to Properly Shut Down Mach3 Control

If not properly shut down, the parameters/settings may become corrupted and the control software ...

Remote Support System Requirements (LogMeIn, AeroAdmin)

LogMeIn Firewall Configuration TCP 443 Programs %programfiles%\LogMeIn\x64 LogMeIn.exeLog...

Connecting 2 Hard Drives on CNC Control Hard Drive Not Recognized

  Description of the problem: When plugging in a replacement hard drive from MachMotion the new...

Control PC Beeping

Description of the problem: Control is beeping.   Solution: If a control is beeping it is pro...

How to Reset the PC Power Supply

Description of the problem: The PC fan isn't running, all power appears to be off (even though...

Spindle Pulley Setup

Description of the problem: You're trying to setup the spindle and the speed isn't correct.   ...

Plugin and Firmware Versions and Update Instructions

Mach4: 10284 Mach4 Build: 3804MachMotion Build: 10400*May require new MachMotion license if upd...

Latest Plugin and Firmware Versions and Update Instructions (Mach4)

HiCON Plugin: 2.01.46 Firmware: 3.45 FPGA: 8ACE   DSPMC (Tube Bender) Plugin: 2.01.46 Fir...

Bios Issue PC start up failure

A computer may have trouble starting up and loading into windows for a variety of reasons. Here a...

Windows Memory Error -Advantech

Problem: Windows prompts user with a memory error. Solution: Windows setting on Advantech bran...

Screen Path Layout Opposite / Mirrored

If the toolpath is flipped, opposite, mirrored the following information and options may help: 1...

Machsupport and Forums

We are a reseller of the mach software.  We support that software for those who purchase our cont...

Windows Stop Code 0x00000024 - Blue Screen

This error is generally related to the filesystem. Either the NTFS driver (ntfs.sys) is corrupt...

Getting Started

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

Mach3 - In Depth

Take a deeper look into some Mach3 configurations.

Kernel Speed Error

Description of the problem: You have a HiCON/Apollo III system that is getting a error message c...

Setting Up Jogging Hot Keys

To set up jogging hot keys:   1. Go to Config->System Hotkeys     2. Click on the butto...

G73 Peck Drilling Pullback-Mach3

Description of the problem: The pull back distance on G73 is wrong.   Solution: For the M...

Homing Limits Window-Mach3

  Reversed Checking this option on an axis will change the direction the machine moves. So...

Inverse Feed Rate G93 in Mach3

Description of the problem: Confusion on how to use inverse feed rate.   Solution: Invers...

Reversing Pendant Direction Mach3

Description of the problem: The axis is moving in the opposite direction that you are comman...

MachMotion Plugin Data Logging

Description of the problem: Instructions on how to enable data logging with the MachMotion plu...

Macropump Issues-mach3

Macropump is not working correctly.   - If the debounce is set too high ...

Verify Homing

Description of the problem: The control won't run a program without homing, or it will run and y...

Persistent Tool Number-Mach3

Description of the problem: Every time Mach3 is restarted it forgets which tool is in the mach...

Program Safety Lockout-Mach3

Description of the problem: What is program safety lockout?   Solution: Program safety lo...

Spindle Turning off Intermittently-Mach3

Description of the problem: The spindle is turning on/off intermittently    Solution: If ...

Rotational Axis Configuration-Mach3

Description of the problem: How do I set up a rotational axis?   Solution: Only axes A, B...

Wiring Up A VFD Alarm to E-Stop Mach3

Description of the problem: I would like for Mach3 to E-Stop when a VFD alarm occurs.   So...

Spindle Brake Setup-Mach3

Description of the problem: I'm trying to set up my spindle brake.   Solution: To e...

Tool Change Option-Mach3

Description of the problem: My setting for "Ignore Tool Change" keeps changing back to "Stop...

Soft Limit Warning

Description of the problem: I'm getting a "Soft Limit Warning" like this:     Solution:...

Ultimate Screen Not Loading

Description of the problem: The Ultimate screen does not load properly (gets stuck).   Sol...

Loading XML Profile in Ultimate Screen

Description of the problem: The Ultimate screen gets hung up on "Loading XML Profile."   Sol...

Torch Crashing on Probe-Mach3

Description of the problem: My torch is crashing on the probe and I don't know why.   Solu...

External Divider Setup - Mach3

To setup mach3 plasma control unit with divided voltage:   On the square ~4x4 Sound Logic board...

Hide the Menu in Mach3 with Ultimate Screen

You can hide the Mach3 menu to prevent a user from changing system settings with the Ultimate scr...

G-Code Axis Spindle Setup - Mach3

Steps to setup a g-code axis spindle:   In HiCON plugin menu (Config --> Config Plugins --&g...

Restoring XML Mach3 Restore

Problem: Mach3 is opening with a dialog box (example below), or to a different profile screen tha...

Mach3 Spindle Pulley Setup for Use with Variable Speed Spindle

To continue to utilize the variable speed functionality of your spindle with a VFD, you can setup...

Cypress Enable Message - Mach3

The cypress enable warning mesage comes up when a program is stopped inside of a macro.  The macr...

Spindle Speed Issues - Mach3

Always Max (10V) (or incorrect voltage on on the apollo board direction terminals): If the outpu...

Mach3 Subroutine Example

Subroutines can contained in the gcode file being run, or in the c:\mach3\subroutines\ folder. E...

Mach3: Setting up a Rotary Axis

Rotary Axis setup in Mach3 Put a check mark in the Check box "axis is angular"  located in the C...

Probing-Mach3

Probing: There are 3rd party applications that some people use with Mach3. Search online and the...

Spindle turns off after program - Mach3

If the spindle turns off after a program (or the spindle output is controlling some other device)...

Constant Velocity-Mach3

Constant Velocity (CV) is more of a Theoretical calculation instead of an exact adjustment and wi...

Connecting PLC to Mach3

  File Type Document Name View / Download / Print Modbus Connection from a PLC to Mach3...

Mach3 Shutting Down PC on Launch

A recent windows update has caused a bug in some Mach 3 controls which causes them to shutdown wh...

Generate Ultimate Screen Key Code

If Mach3 Ultimate Screen licence is not functioning, try generating a Key Code. 1) On \\svr1, go...

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...

Freezing or Crashing when loading a program - Mach4

If you are loading a program and Mach4 crashes or fails to load the program than it may be an iss...

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.

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