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Mach4 G-Code and M-Code Reference

Introduction G-code is a special programming language that is interpreted by Computer Numerica...

Mach4 Lathe G-Code and M-Code Reference

Chapter 1: Introduction G-Code is a special programming language that is interpreted by Comput...

Mach4 Advanced M-Code Reference

Chapter 1 : Advanced Macros M-Code Descriptions M19 - Spindle Orient Command Spindle Orient wi...

Macro B Reference Guide

Macro B programming may not be included on your MachMotion control.  If you are not able to use t...

Custom Macro B Reference Guide

Calling Words Examples M98 - Subroutine Call M98 P1000 (Call subprogram O1000) ...

MachMotion Probing Wizard

Overview The wizard is embedded in the MachMotion Mill 1150M – Probing and MachMotion Mill 215...

Mach4 Password Protections

 Gcode Close - Level 1 Gcode Load - Level 1 Gcode Recent - Level 1 UnLocked Mode - Level 1  Gcod...

Tools

Tool X and Y Offsets Select View->Tool Tables... You will see the tool table.  Select Edit->T...

File Resume or Run From Here

Running a G-Code File with the "File Resume" or "Run From Here" Option If for whatever reason a ...

Automatic Backups

Profile Backup A profile backup is a small backup of just the files and directories that change ...

Software not Loading

Software not loading / settings corrupted If Mach 4 is not loading correctly/displaying errors...

Constant Velocity in Mach4

Constant Velocity can improve cut quality, especially on gantry style machines like routers and...

Data Collector

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

Winerack Style Tool Changer

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

Tool Change Type Bug

On some versions of Mach4 there is a bug that does not allow you to change the Tool Change Ty...

Single Block Behavior

Purpose This document outlines the expected behavior of the control while Single Block is on. G...

Gang Spindle Setup

Overview The gang spindle parameters allow multiple spindles to be locked together in their run ...

Mach Controlled Fixed Memory Auto Tool Changers

Overview The Carousel and Winrack tool changers work off of MachMotion Parameters and an Excel f...

Carousel Style Tool Changer

Overview The MachMotion control has built in support for Carousel Tool Changers. It works by tak...

Spindle Speed Variation SSV

M38 / M39 Spindle Speed Variation On/Off Spindle Speed Variation (SSV) allows the operator to sp...

Mach4 Logging and Log File

To access the Mach Logging select diagnostics and then Logging... From this window we can Pin ...

Arc Center Mode

Large Arcs when Loading GCode If you are getting large arc and circles displayed in the tool pat...

SigmaNEST

Conversational Programming

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 Doc...

Mach 4 Screw Mapping

Screw Mapping in Mach 4 Mach 4 (after build 2107, 2014-11-17) implements symmetric, bidirectiona...

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 co...

Jogging Increments & Pendant Info for 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 ...

Setup Gears in Mach4

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

G73 / G83 Peck Drilling Reposition Location - Mach4

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

Global Monitoring System

On older controls, this feature was known as Global Messaging System. Configuration Access the ...

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 - HiCON Mach4

This only applies to master and slave axes on a gantry. If you are trying to align the tables on ...

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...

Modbus Operation In Mach4

Setup Below are the main plugins used for Modbus Control.  Configure -> Plugins -> MachMotion M...

PMC Programming

PMC Overview "PMC" is a Mach feature that uses ladder logic programming to do more complicated I...

Drill Bank Setup & Operation

Drill Bank Example Drawing The numbers 20-29 are straight drills and the numbers 14-19 are hor...

Sheetcam

Setting Debounce Level

Description of the problem: Debounce is the number of pulses that a switch must be stable for it...

Post Processors for CAM Software

Overview Our MachMotion software runs gcode and can be in various file types such as .txt, .nc, ...

Motion Continues After Feedrate of 0%

Problem: Motion continues before stopping when setting feedrate to 0%. Issue: Motion is comman...

Audible Light Stack Solution

Suggestion is they get a lightstack with audible option. The sheet below has info on that. They c...

iCCP: known incorrect sRGB profile

Description of Issue Issue occurs when a PNG file was created using a different module of libpng...

MasterCAM 3x Post (2021, 2022)

Loading a MasterCAM Post processor Please download the post from our tech-exchange as a (.mcam-c...

Lathe Tool Tip Types

Turn Tip Types The tip type (usually represented by a number) expresses the direction and useful...

ZeroBrane Studio

Mach uses the ZeroBrane Studio for debugging Lua scripts and MCodes

Barcode Scanner (Serial Port)

Getting Started The barcode scanner module works with any scanner that can emulate a serial port...