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MachMotion CNC Mill Control Demo Video

Summary of video: This video is a 4-minute walk-thru of the MachMotion 1000 Series CNC Mill Control interface. The demonstration covers start-up, configuration, gcode files, and manually adjusting the tool path. More information about >MachMotion’s CNC Mill Controls, along with our 1000 Series Mill Control User Manual.

Video Transcript

0:00 Hi, we’re here today to give a quick tour of our MachMotion 1000 Series Mill Control. After opening up the software, you’re prompted to Press Cycle Start to Enable Mach and Home All Axis, when you do that, it will enable the system only Axis, you can see it by the Green LEDS up here. To start off here, we are in the locked DROs screen, these DROs screen can’t be adjusted, so the fixture offsets aren’t changing whatsoever. You can view machine coordinates if you’d like right there on the unlock screen. You are able now to manually adjust the fixture offsets, like so. You can 0 the axis this way, or you can home individually axis. Here we have a feed rate display with override controls or rapid override controls and then a tool display for the active tool number and diameter/length information from the tool table.

0:54 Down on the bottom right, we have machine control buttons for mist/coolant or some auxiliary buttons that can be set up. We also have spindle controls that you can manually turn on the spindle, set the speed to whatever you’d like. Down on the bottom portion, we have a GCode tab, where you can load, edit, close files and advance run options tab, that also shows the program limits. We also have have a MDI tab that you can manually type in Gcode lines. And then Press Cycle Start to execute. Then, lastly, we have onscreen jogging available. Of course, cycle control buttons, Cycle Start, Feed Hold, Stop, Reset and Disable/Enable. This is the tool path display, so whenever a Gcode file is loaded, choose recent, say okay, those are tool path. You can manipulate the tool path to see different layers and a path that is going to be commanded. So to set this up, we can move the X Y around and again I’m being prompted to be in an unlocked screen to modify the fixture. I go to that, and I can set my X, and then if we move the Y up, we’re on the edge, so set that there. Again it’s setting that because .2000 edge diameter, but now my 0 is set, and then of course, you can 0 out Z.

2:50 Now we’re Ready to go. So, right now we’d be perfectly fine to hit Cycle Start and Continue. However, let’s imagine we wanted to start further into this program. You can see the Y now is clicked. Process through the GCode, but I can select one from here. It’s going to bring up a prompt. And I’m going to move the X/Y into position first, and then now I’ll move the Z down to the correct depth. Turn on the Spindle, and we’re ready to press Cycle Start, to run from this line of GCode.

4:00 That’s the end of the program. This was just a simulated demo of how our control works. A lot of further videos explain tools, setup, and some of our other functions. But, I hope this explains a little bit about how the MachMotion 1000 Series Mill Control operates.