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  1. gibson

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    hello every one back again i have built my CNC Machine about 12 months ago still have`nt used it lol is this good to get for starters Mach3 CNC Software Artsoft! CNC Stepper Machines via PC i built the ox it has 4 motors on it would like to start useing it for small wood projects it says full liecence .thanks ...
     
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  3. Rick 2.0

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    At that price it is likely counterfeit software and if you'll read his feedback someone has already noted this. It is best to get it through a legitimate vendor
     
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    i see only one that is bad he has 4 good reviews on it from what i ready
     
  5. Jen

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    Gibson,

    That price sounds too good to be true. I know I purchased my lience from the Mach-3 vendor in the U.S. and it was around $175.00 if I am not mistaken. This is the Mach 3 owners url: www.machsupport.com/shop/mach3/

    I also just purchased an OX kit from ooznest, and from what I have read the controller on the OX will not play at all with Mach-3

    I understand that the G-Code sender needed is an open source freeware thingie called: "Universal G-Code Sender" which you can download from GitHub - winder/Universal-G-Code-Sender: A Java based GRBL compatible cross-platform G-Code sender..

    Once that is installed it will accept standard gcode from whatever application you use to generate it. I use Vectrics V-Carve Pro myself.

    Hope I have been helpful. If you are using the same controller on yurOX it will save the purchase price of Mach-3 .
    Jen
     
  6. gibson

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    hi jen thanks for the reply iam new to all this but i went ahead and purshased this all ready and spoke to the man selling it he said if it dosent work i.ll refund u..... purshased a kit supose to work with mach3 and I had down loaded the demo
    and got it to move a little still working on it lol. thanks for your reply
     
  7. Jen

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    Gibson,

    Ok good! The controller I am using will not interpret gcode from Mach 3 for some reason. I much would rather use it than the freeware. I think it has something to do with that "gerbl" controller language.
    If you can jog your router on all axis with Mach 3 than you should be able to load a gcode file and run it.
    Have fun!
    Jen
     
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    For a while... and then it will lock up. There's a discussion a couple years back in the forums with one of the insiders regarding the built in antifraud measures.
    Yeah, good luck with that if it locks up more than 60 days out, beyond the eBay and PayPal limits.
     
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    Call me old fashioned, but I always buy software licenses for products I use. I am a retired applications developer and know the level of effort that goes into developing a software package. Not to mention the added stress of trying to feed your family while people are pirating your hard work and selling it at half retail.
    A real benefit with licensed software is that you can almost always pick up the phone and get a knowledgeable person to support you when you are stuck.
     
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    oky i contacted mach 3 and emailed them the product key to see if its legit thanks for the add vice will wait on mach3 suport and if so i.ll get it from mach3
     
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    Great, they are a nice bunch of guys. When I first began using the product one of their engineers got on the phone with me and spent more than an hour talking me thru setting up my first CNC router! He took me from not knowing a thing about mach-3, or gcode, to zeroing out my machine and actually running my first simple part.
    I hope everything is kosher with the copy you have and that you get your machine up and running soon.
     
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    me to spent $1000 on the build have`nt used it yet i.ll probly need help setting it up... i built it to make guitars but i thank i.ll do some simple stuff first
     
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    Cool, I just bought a one meter by three quarters meter ox to build custom ukuleles. Looks like we have similar ideas. If you want, I have some of my drawings that I have been converting to gcode via Vectrics VCarve Pro. When I am finished in a few weeks I would be happy to send you some copies. It would be a nice way to get started.
    I have made wooden clocks on CNC machines in the states and built my ukuleles by hand. But now that I have relocated to England, I had the chance to purchase a larger machine to replace the one I left behind that can handle ukulele sized material.
     
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    that would be great .....
     
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    We have a few guitar builders here. Welcome!
     
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    This is true in just about every industry. You have to value the people who created something from their own blood, sweat, and tears rather than chasing a low price from someone who just makes copies.
     
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    well an update this is what james sent me on my purchase you guys were right
    Hello Rick, i am afraid that is a pirated or cracked version of our
    legitimate software that is not supported. The legitimate software uses
    a file named Mach1Lic.dat. That file that contains the license and is
    load into the demo from our website. Do you have a link to the seller or
    a seller name? I would contact Ebay regarding their distribution of
    pirated software. Best regards Jim.
     
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    Thanks for checking.
     
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    Sorry it turned out to be a bogus copy. Sometimes people who ave purchased a license legitimately will sell it, which is ok. I sold my old machine to a guy in the states and was able to transfer my Mach-3 license pro him simply by making a call to the software company.
    I was hoping that this was the case with your copy.
    BTW, today I completed my build. All I have left to do is lug the router to its permanent home (our box room), hook it up to PC and dial it in.
    Good luck! Remember I am happy to help you at any time.
     
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    ty iam now trying out the demo version of mach3 was there all day trying to get the motors to move the numbers would move but not the motors so i watched a video on youtube and got some info there.. so i went to my outsignal in mach3 and engaged enabal 1 and 2 with port 1 and 2 than 2nd one port 1 and 4 got the X and Y to move but couldnt get the Z to move yet I got my Y in p4,,,p5 on my break out board
     
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    Paul Campbell on YT. Great walk through video series on setting up Mach3.
     
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    yea hes got some good videos but cant seem to get the Z moveing .... the Y and X is moveing i thank its something in the outsignal thats were i went to get the Y,,, X ... moveing[/QUOTE]
     

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