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Is anyone in the group using Mach 3 CNC software? I am using it on my EZ Router machine and find that it requires a good bit of learning time. The plus side of it is that I have control over every aspect of how the computer interfaces with the machine. The down side is the same thing. With such "control" you have many variables and settings to attend to just to get going.

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I use Mach3 with my Joes CastCNC router with 2.2KW spindle. I have it setup for modbus control of the spindle, have it powering all four motors (Y and A are slaved, X and Z) and using inputs for home switches and a touch plate.
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I use Mach3 with my Joes CastCNC router with 2.2KW spindle. I have it setup for modbus control of the spindle, have it powering all four motors (Y and A are slaved, X and Z) and using inputs for home switches and a touch plate.
Thanks Mikie for your reply. Sounds like you are a power user of Mach3.

Slowly I am getting the hang og it. I see from this forum that there is a lot of experience to draw on when I need help. After some tome I now have my machine running properly.

I am using a PCable 3 HP router and for the jobs I have planned it will work OK.

Thanks again for your comeback.

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Hello Everyone,

Is anyone in the group using Mach 3 CNC software? I am using it on my EZ Router machine and find that it requires a good bit of learning time. The plus side of it is that I have control over every aspect of how the computer interfaces with the machine. The down side is the same thing. With such "control" you have many variables and settings to attend to just to get going.

Any opinions out there?

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What are you having to adjust? Did EZ Router not have Mach 3 set up already?
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What are you having to adjust? Did EZ Router not have Mach 3 set up already?
Most of my problems came from the Z axis stepper motor. After many trials and errors I found that the motor was not "tuned" to give correct unit (inch) response to Gcode commands.

Another problem I had was that the (0,0) origin of the machine was in the upper right corner instead of the lower left. I installed additional limits on the X and Y axis and changed the home position to what seems to be standard use.

When I got the machine I did not order a computer with it because I have tons of them. Mach 3 was partially set up. Problems with one stepper drive required replacing the drive.

Once I got the Z axis motor tuned properly and the X and Y axis where they should be everything seems to be working pretty good.

Sorry for the long monologe. Machine seems good now. THANKS for asking.

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I feel like with a G540 and with spindle using modbus I get off easy in Mach setup. It has soooo many options. Adding a 4th axis lathe will be a great test!
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Almost all the lower priced CNC routers reference Mach 3 software. Are there (better?) alternatives that do basically the same things as Mach 3?
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Almost all the lower priced CNC routers reference Mach 3 software. Are there (better?) alternatives that do basically the same things as Mach 3?
Jim,

There is other software available besides Mach3. If by better you mean cheaper then I suggest you look at the Linux programs. I don't have any experience with it however I hear good things about it. I am not a Linux type of guy.

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I use Mach3 because It is windows based and does what I want it to do. The documentation is thorough (actually info overload). At first I hesitated to pay $175 for it but after playing with the demo I realized it was a great value. Your mileage may vary.

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I started using Mach3 about 4-5 years ago and I did find it intimidating at the beginning but the manual which comes with it is pretty good and starting slowly from basic operations eventually got the hang of it.

Now I think of it as the best you can find for the money (and donít forget the LazyCam which comes along for free) depending on your needs.

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