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    Mach3 Pendant

    This week I ordered one of the wireless Mach3 pendants from ebay, which was shipped from Automation Technologies. USPS dropped it off today and I got a few minutes to play around with it tonight after the grandson went to bed.

    The install was pretty simple, just copy the plugin from the cd to your plugins folder of Mach3. There's also a macro for zeroing your z axis to copy to the macros folder. Then just plugin the wireless dongle and wait for Windows to recognize it as a USB input device, start up Mach3, and power on the pendant. Instructions were a little hard to follow between translations and briefness of them, but wasn't too bad.

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    The readouts on the pendant are updated in real time and you see both machine coordinates as well as work coordinates.
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    Just a quick test...
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    Very cool!
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    Thats gotta make life a whole lot simpler when you setting up and running your machine. Especially if the computer is in a different location to the machine. Cool.
    cheers

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    Must have this ... i like it quite a lot!
    Jason Beam
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    Hmmmm.....
    Programmer - An organism that turns coffee into software.
    If all your friends are exactly like you, What an un-interesting life it must be.
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    Christmas list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Hmmmm.....
    Ditto!
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    BTW, I saw one on Leo's list of new toys.

    You can toggle it to do steps of 1000, 1000, 100, & 1 with each click of the mpg wheel. Has some macro buttons so you can assign macros to them, can pretty much do most operations from it. Not sure yet if it reads the lines of code that it's on, will do some more testing this weekend with it.
    Darren

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Hmmmm.....
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    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    I bought one from VistaCNC about a year ago. It is just another brand - WELL made.
    I looked at them a REALLY LOT over the last few years.
    I have tried MANY different variations.

    I LOVE the one I have now - hard wired, USB. I just don't trust wireless.

    Yes I will be getting another one on the new machine (same brand as yours) - but I am not sure I will keep it.
    They threw it in to sweeten the deal.

    All the machines I work with - some have pendants and some do not. Some are big and some are small. Some with dials, some with buttons, some with joystick. I have been all over the map with remote devices.

    At home I used the keyboard, a Logitech Joystick, Shuttle Pro and now the VISTA i Mach3 - I love the i Mach

    I like the dials that you turn to select modes.
    Because I have spent so many years working with so many different variations - I KNOW what I like.

    Just having ANY remote device is an AWESOME improvement.

    Darren - you gunna love it.

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