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27 Dec 2021 05:49 #230045 by phillc54
You can achive what both of your laser buttons do by using the built in laser button:
linuxcnc.org/docs/devel/html/plasma/qtplasmac.html#qt_laser
 
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27 Dec 2021 06:15 #230049 by rodw
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You can achive what both of your laser buttons do by using the built in laser button:
linuxcnc.org/docs/devel/html/plasma/qtplasmac.html#qt_laser

 

Yeh, that was suggested in an earlier post here but James wanted to do it his way. Not a bad way to learn about hal and QTP really.
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27 Dec 2021 12:35 #230061 by RNJFAB
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Thanks Rod, 

Did have some luck tonight getting spotting to work. 

I followed some instructions from arclightdynamics on youtube, they did a clip called 'plasma center punch training video'. this made a little bit of sense to me for some reason, then coupled with your advice I'm getting somewhere now. Currently in the GUI I have 1V and 2ms. this is working and not punching through 1.2mm steel. I'll mess around with it some more tomorrow.

Philc54, Thank you. I had looked into this previously, however I wasn't at this level yet to fully appreciate how this would work. I am getting there and this will be my next hurdle. I do use it to some capacity using "mark edge' & 'set origin' to align my material if I can't be bothered to set it on the machine correctly or if it's a small bit for a quick cut. Hopefully soon I'll have this setup.

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27 Dec 2021 13:00 #230065 by RNJFAB
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27 Dec 2021 17:58 #230070 by rodw
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Looks perfect! Time to move on to the next challenge!
Just watch that the torch voltage does not flicker over the 1 V threshold  when its not cutting.
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01 Jan 2022 01:16 - 01 Jan 2022 01:23 #230427 by RNJFAB
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Thanks Rod,

Next challenge is the torch mount properly, even with 10 'strong' magnets, it still breaks away too easily, and I don't have. micro switch on it yet to pause the machine when it does breakaway. 

Also brains trust, I want to upgrade the 2 relay's I have to a set of 8. however I'm struggling to find a correct wiring diagram on getting it connected to the MESA board. 

Pics to follow of current setup, new 8x relays, current wiring diagram. I need help on how to connect this all in properly, I'll also put up my attempt at connections. 




 
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01 Jan 2022 01:43 #230428 by rodw
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Thanks Rod,

Next challenge is the torch mount properly, even with 10 'strong' magnets, it still breaks away too easily, and I don't have. micro switch on it yet to pause the machine when it does breakaway. 



I found vicegrips solved this

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01 Jan 2022 06:16 - 01 Jan 2022 06:17 #230435 by RNJFAB
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01 Jan 2022 06:22 - 01 Jan 2022 06:23 #230436 by rodw
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So looks perfect to me!

Actually have found Linuxcnc so good, I don't even think a magnetic breakaway is required.

EDIT: Been thinking of drilling and tapping a hole to make it permanent!
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02 Jan 2022 01:44 #230511 by RNJFAB
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Thanks Rod,
I was thinking of doing the same, however I'm having issues if I have VOID A/DIVE on. This will from time to time cause the torch to crash, with it off I have had no problems. Also if I have AUTO VOLTS on it can be a bit hit and miss, sometimes a perfect cut, sometimes crash every 20mm or less. The torch just keeps diving.

Currently with the volts set for each material and a bit of tweaking, I have nice cuts for all the material I normally use.

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