Mach4 PP

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Len-Tikular
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Mach4 PP

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When are we likely to see a Post Processor that will work with Mach4 Hobby.
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Re: Mach4 PP

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Far as I'm aware from previous threads on the subject there's nothing special about Mach4 as regards post processors so the Mach3 one will work just fine although I notice that New Fangled say to use a Fanuc post processor if there is no specific one.

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Re: Mach4 PP

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Mach4 uses M commands like M62 and M63 to turn laser on and of. Mach3 uses S spindle commands followed by laser power therefore they are indeed not compatable. Take a raster image where laser power is altered several hundreds of times then Mach4 wont even look at it!
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Re: Mach4 PP

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Didn't realise we were talking about laser configs rather than routers. That's a whole different kettle of fish as there is no real standard across machine/controller software configurations hence why there are so few supported PP's for the laser module.

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Re: Mach4 PP

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Jtech tell me that they will release a laser PP for Mach4 next week. Fingers crossed lets hope so.


So many people using lasers these days it sure does enhance the machine's capability. Vectric say they are working on a PP for Mach4 but I'm not sure if they will support lasers. I jolly well hope so, I just upgraded to V10.5 and have been with them since Version2. I also bought their Vcarve Pro and Cut3d and Photocarve so I have significant investment in their software. I hope they are listening well to the community. If a package like other laser software costing £40 a year can do it then I would have thought that Vectric could.
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