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chieftain
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« on: September 28, 2010, 16:33:01 pm »

OK it is only Basic control of X Y Z, axis homing & spindle speed, but I have found it really helpful!
 
I was looking for a control pendant as the keyboard and Monitor are off to one side making it a little bit difficult to look at the job closely whilst using the keyboard.
If I brought the keyboard nearer, then there are the problems from swarf  & coolant.
 
I searched all over the internet but the pendants were all too expensive for me at the moment, and also, setting one up seemed a bit too complicated for me.
But then I looked in a different direction & found just what I needed.
 
It's a simple USB number pad at £4.99 form PCWorld.
The really neat bit is that you just plug it in and play.
With no software setup procedure at all, it was immediately useable with Mach 3 !
 
Straight away, you can  slow Jog  X. Y. axis with the arrow key's.
Slow Jog will run at the setting that is set in Mach 3.
Fast Jog you still need to press the Shift key on the main Keyboard.
Z axis works with the PgUp & PaDn keys.
Spindle Speed with the +/- key's
The Home Key will Home All axis on Mach 3
Their are two other key's that operate the light on  Mach 3 
End key operates  ( M1 optional stop )
Pint /Del Key operates  ( Block Delete )
You will need the Number Lock Key as well
 
The rest of the Key's have on effect?
I plan to use CamBam to make a blanking plate to cover up the buttons I don't want.
 
Have a go see for just £4.99 would like to hear your comments.

            JOHN EVANS


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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2010, 18:21:14 pm »

I bought one of these a while back to use as a pendant.

One thing became quickly apparent though... I really missed not having a fast/slow jog key.
The main reason I use a pendant is for touching off a tool against stock etc, so it's nice to have something you can use one handed at the machine, without having to stretch over to the keyboard to hold down shift.

I then bought a Shuttle Xpress
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Contour-ShuttleXpress-Space-Shuttle-2010/dp/B0032Y0OH0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1285695694&sr=8-1
Which are a bit more money, but they are really nice to use and give you great, one handed fine control.
They really are a joy to use, especially with Art's great supplied drivers in Mach3.

On hind site, I suppose with perseverance you could get the numpad to work and assign keys to toggle slow/fast jogging... maybe I'm just being lazy.
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 19:18:06 pm »

Hi Andy

I did see that at one of the shows and it looked good
and I was thinking of purchasing one but at the moment
I cannot justify the cost.

The keyboard is in reach so holding the shift key is OK
but the main thing is that I can slow Jog for setting up and
may be at some time someone may come up with a way
of you sing one of the key's that operate Mach 3in to a shift key

                            JOHN EVANS
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2010, 17:26:06 pm »

I use a USB pad like that on my machine also.

Works great.
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2010, 03:20:22 am »

I purchased one from Tormach and am very pleased with it. I think they get the same people to make it and put their logo on it. It looks identical. I have heard that you may experience problems if you plug it into a USB hub. They recomend it pluged straight into the PC USB. See link below. $78.00 USD

http://www.tormach.com/Product_PCNC_acc_controllers.html
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2010, 15:49:14 pm »

Hello Coolant Slinger; What you have is a great prodcut. But, if you notice most of the stuff shown in the link you posted is usb connected . There is no problem with a hub"as long as the connection is solid". I use a hub all the time, but I fasten the connections together. Have fun . c.sitas
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« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2010, 14:37:25 pm »

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$78.00 USD

Yikes, mine cost $6.00

Are we talking about the same thing?
A simple USB keypad?
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 03:05:41 am »

You can set a lot of your key prefferrences in Mach 3.  Been a while since I looked at it, but I bet you could set an different key than the shift key for fast jog. 

Great idea for the numeric keyboard as a remote pendant.  I will ordering one right now.  Thanks for pointing out this simple and elegant solution. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 19, 2010, 08:08:36 am »

I've been using the xbox 360 game controller with the plugin from the Mach3 site. It is very easy to customise the functions of the buttons and you get proportional jogging speed with the triggers in addition to incremental jogs. It works brilliantly.
This won't cost you anything - unless you don't get it back in his bedroom before he comes home from school  Wink  Smiley
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