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Are you using the version of Mach3 from our website, machsupport.com? Or was it sent with your machine on a writable CD? If it came on a writable CD and your machine came from an auction site like Amazon or eBay, it is more than likely a pirated version...
The support forum thread linked below includes a document going over the various CV Settings available in Mach3. It includes tip on optimizing your settings to improve your cuts. https://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php?topic=7923.0
If you load a G Code file and you see the error message "Radius to end of arc differs from radius to start", you will need to adjust your settings. Open Mach3 and go to Config>General Config and change the IJ mode to Absolute. Reload the file and it shoul...
If you load a G code file into Mach3 and there are extra circles in the tool path that were not part of the program, you are likely in Absolute IJ Mode rather than Incremental IJ Mode. You can correct that two ways. First, you can change your default sett...
As the popularity of CNC machining has steadily increased the market has been supplied many desktop CNC machines from overseas. Many of these machines are being shipped with a pirated version of Mach3 on a writable CD. These pirated/cracked versions are n...
Mach3 has been a huge sucess though out the entire world. Unfortunately, it has been cracked or pirated many times over. Those versions are not supported, they usually have malware, they are incomplete, and simply do not work. If you recieve a copy with a...
Recently, Windows 10 released a "feature upgrade" that updates your version to 1803. This new version was incompatible with Mach3. It is recommended to use Mach3 on a dedicated computer that is offline and is not susceptible to automatic updates, but that...
The support video linked below gives the user step by step instructions on licensing your Mach3 software after purchase of a license. This will change the demo version to a licensed one and remove any demo mode restrictions. This process is the same when ...
Steps to update or move Mach3 We do not recommend updating Mach3 just for the sake of updating. Unless there is a feature or fix in a different version of Mach3 that you must have leave it alone. 1) The very first thing to do is make sure you have all of...
Before doing ANY optimizing, run Mach3 first, odds are you don't need to optimize. ***** and before optimizing, use ms config to shut off all Startup Items, then reboot. Killing startup Items fixed 90% of computers having any trouble with MAch3. Opt...
If you want to transfer Mach3 from one PC to another, you can. The first step is downloading Mach3 from our website and install it on the new PC. Your license file is named Mach1Lic.Dat and is located in the Mach3 root file directory of the PC's C: Drive....
"Rich's Guide to Mach3 Threading" is an excellent manual that discusses the process of cutting threads in great detail. The two key elements, though, are the need for an Index pulse from the spindle to sync the axis movement and the need for a Mach3 licen...
Running a Driver Test is only applicable when using Mach3 with the parallel port driver. A Driver Test is performed by running DriverTest.exe (C:/Mach3) and it is used to evaluate the quality of the pulse stream being produced by the driver. The graph is ...
The NFS Turn Wizard is available as a download in our support forum in the link below. The Addons license file will activate it as well as the suite of Wizards in the Mach3 installer. https://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,20001.msg138532.htm...
PLEASE DO NOT PURCHASE A LICENSE FOR THE SOFTWARE UNTIL AFTER YOU HAVE IT SUCCESSFULLY RUNNING YOUR MACHINE AND HAVE VERIFIED THAT EVERYTHING FUNCTIONS CORRECTLY. * Licenses for Mach3 are available through various distributors around the world and di...
This message means that the EStop input is active, usually evidenced by the flashing of the Emergency LED on the Diagnostics screen. If a physical Estop button has been wired into the breakout board, verify that the port/pin assignment and Active Low sett...
This button is calling attention to the fact that something has changed from what has been set as its "normal" state. Clicking on it will list the conditions that are not "normal", which can be something as simple as not having the machine homed. To set a...
Yes, both Mach3 and Mach4 will work on Win10. You cannot, however, use the parallel port with Windows 10. The parallel port can only be utilized in 32-bit systems that are Windows 7 or older. Instead, you will need an external motion controller. That is...