Configuring Plasmac - a complete THC/plasma config for any hardware

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14 Jul 2019 13:57 #139312 by tommylight
Adaptable ?
You live in Australia, over 60% of living cratures that can easilly kill humans lives there, you have to be adaptable, goes with the teritory !
Off topic much ? :)
Just to be fair to the topic, last night i did try to use the plasmac configurator as usuall with the trial and error system, and concluded i am doing something wrong, left it at that since it was nearly 2AM and a new episode of Batlebots was waiting for me adding 1 hour 25 minutes more to my bed time.
Will have a go at it later, after a bit of reading.

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14 Jul 2019 16:16 #139319 by phoenix
sir i got plasmac easily as you suggested
just a minor question Why i cant see step and dir connections
MY QUESTION IS DO I NEED TO DO THEM MYSELF

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15 Jul 2019 00:44 #139342 by rodw

Bhushan wrote: sir i got plasmac easily as you suggested
just a minor question Why i cant see step and dir connections
MY QUESTION IS DO I NEED TO DO THEM MYSELF


Yes, the workflow is to get your machine working with basic xyz motion and acceleration rates set (follow the bit about external offsets in the plasma primer as well). Once it works (forget about cutting anything), run the configurator..

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15 Jul 2019 02:15 #139356 by phoenix
Sorry but I didn't understand anything
I see step and dir signals connected to stepgen
Can i directly add parport pin in front of it???

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15 Jul 2019 02:21 #139359 by phillc54
If you are using a parallel port based machine then I would suggest that you use stepconf to get your base machine working then add the PlasmaC configuration.

linuxcnc.org/docs/devel/html/config/stepconf.html

linuxcnc.org/docs/devel/html/plasma/plas...smac_to_base_machine

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15 Jul 2019 10:21 #139404 by phoenix
As i said I'm not gonna stop posting untill i get appropriate ans thats why forum is made
I'm going furious
I wasted my whole weekend for plasmac and now its not even moving my machine beacause owner doesn't like simple things
I'm trying since 4 hours just TO ADD STEP AND DIR SIGNALS

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15 Jul 2019 11:01 #139412 by tommylight
You keep ignoring help from other members, and ofending us will not help you.

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15 Jul 2019 15:37 #139445 by snugglylovemuffin
My man, I've been there and yes it's very frustrating...

These guys will go above and beyond to help you out if you have patience.

Plasma machines have had very little support and you're talking to the only group of guys remotely interested in developing the tools for plasma machines. This is not an easy process and the learning curve is quite steep; read through their posts and see what you can glean before asking questions.
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15 Jul 2019 15:44 #139446 by phoenix
the only question i am asking is where to do parport connections in plasmac
i tried configrator with no success at all
AND YES I HAVE WORKING BASE CONFIG RUNNING MADE THROUGH STEPCONF
Isnt there any simple way of connecting 3 step dir signals only ???????

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19 Jul 2019 18:51 #139906 by snugglylovemuffin
Hey Rodw, I've been going through these steps and I keep running into the issue of not finding the PlasmaC directory in linuxcnc.

I did a fresh install of Debian Stretch w/ master Preempt-RT (updated the repository) and then I followed your instructions and made sure everything was updated and then restarted the computer. Still no PlasmaC in the drop down menu for linuxcnc. Clearly I'm doing something wrong, do I just need to copy the PlasmaC folder into the Gmocappy file?

Thanks for the help! looks like you guys are really pushing this development branch and it's really exciting to see this level of support for Plasma/Laser systems. Let me know if there's any way I can help!

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