qtplasmac multi-tool

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02 May 2021 20:26 #207672 by crowloy
qtplasmac multi-tool was created by crowloy
I seem to be having an issue with multiple tools. I've enabled multi-tool in the plasmac_connections.hal file and have Phil's sheetcam config. I get the following error when I have a center-spot tool enabled in my gcode however.



Also there seems to be some sort of bug when you M3 $0 on an MDI. watch your z-axis as it goes up and down on it's own. The cycle-resume is flashing. weird.
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02 May 2021 21:01 #207677 by snowgoer540
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I do see the weird stuff with torch start in the MDI.

M3 $0 actually works for me. M5 $0 cancels it
M3 $2 S1 in the MDI causes problems as M5 $2 or M5 $-1 or esc do not cancel it. And you are right, if it gets to the bottom cycle start will blink (and escape won't reset it here either).

A better way to start the torch manually would be with the F9 key.

I imagine it may be best to disallow M3 commands from the MDI.

At any rate, I tried adding M3 $2 S1 to a g-code file and that worked.

Is it possible for you to post a backup of your config (made in the parameters (or settings if it's there) tab), and the gcode file you are trying to run?

Thanks!

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02 May 2021 21:10 #207680 by crowloy
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sure.

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02 May 2021 21:18 #207681 by crowloy
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whats weird is that M3 $1 works. but not M3 $2. So no idea.

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02 May 2021 21:22 #207682 by crowloy
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and I just found the issue. in qtplasma.hal SPINDLES = 2 should be 3

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02 May 2021 21:32 - 02 May 2021 21:33 #207683 by snowgoer540
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and I just found the issue. in qtplasma.hal SPINDLES = 2 should be 3


Just came to post that, good thing I refreshed first.

EDIT: I think you mean qtplasma.ini. qtplasma.hal points to the traj section of your ini file.

I believe you can get rid of all of these as well.
DEFAULT_SPINDLE_0_SPEED = 0
DEFAULT_SPINDLE_1_SPEED = 0
MIN_SPINDLE_0_SPEED = 0
MAX_SPINDLE_0_SPEED = 1
MIN_SPINDLE_0_OVERRIDE = 0
MAX_SPINDLE_0_OVERRIDE = 1
MIN_SPINDLE_1_SPEED = 0
MAX_SPINDLE_1_SPEED = 1
MIN_SPINDLE_1_OVERRIDE = 0
MAX_SPINDLE_1_OVERRIDE = 1
Last edit: 02 May 2021 21:33 by snowgoer540. Reason: clarification

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03 May 2021 04:24 #207702 by phillc54
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I tend to agree with snowgoer540 that M3 should not be allowed from MDI, I don't see a need for M5 either if M3 is inhibited.

Cutting: you would hope not to get stuck in MDI mode so you can't jog.
Scribing: I don't really see a need plus the above issue.
Spotting: I don't think you could be accurate enough in timing for it to be successfull.

I think there are too many negatives...

If you need to do a manual cut then enable the keyboard shortcuts and use F9.

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03 May 2021 22:11 #207751 by crowloy
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Only reason I was attempting to use M3 from the MDI was the error I was getting about invalid spindle. So I was plugging in the M3 $0/1/2 on the MDI to see what the issue was. M3 $0 was really strange as I mentioned. Not sure what was going on with it, but it is consistant for me.

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03 May 2021 23:15 #207766 by phillc54
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Yeah, I see it here as well, I "think" it has to do with MDI mode, as the plasmac component is expecting either Manual or Auto modes. I haven't begun to look as I don't really want to spend much time on something that doesn't appear to have much value.

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