Mach3 2010 Screenset
Mach3 2010 Screenset: A Modern and User-Friendly Interface for Mach3
Mach3 is a popular and versatile software for controlling CNC machines. It allows users to create and run G-code programs, as well as configure and customize various aspects of the machine. However, some users may find the default interface of Mach3 to be outdated, cluttered, or confusing. That's why some developers have created alternative screensets for Mach3, which are different interfaces that can be loaded and used instead of the default one.
One of the most popular and well-designed screensets for Mach3 is the Mach3 2010 Screenset, created by Gerry from The CNC Woodworker. The Mach3 2010 Screenset is a replacement screenset that provides a much cleaner and modern interface than other available Mach3 screensets, while at the same time attempting to look and feel as close as possible to a standard "Windows" program. Rather than have a collection of several unique pages, each with their own functions, 2010 has a single "main" screen containing the most commonly used controls, with smaller tabs for specific functions.
Features of Mach3 2010 Screenset
The Mach3 2010 Screenset has many features that make it a great choice for Mach3 users. Some of the main features are:
For the first time, Mach3 has the look and feel of a "Windows" application. The 2010 Screenset has a sleek and intuitive design that resembles a typical Windows program, with menus, buttons, icons, and tabs. The layout is easy to navigate and understand, and the graphics are clear and crisp.
Both English and French versions included. The 2010 Screenset comes with both English and French versions, so users can choose their preferred language. The language can be changed by simply renaming the .set file in the Mach3 installation directory.
Simple Auto Zero for quick jobs when no tool changes are needed. The 2010 Screenset has a convenient feature that allows users to quickly zero their machine coordinates without using any plates or switches. This is useful for simple jobs that do not require tool changes or precise alignment. Users can simply jog the machine to the desired position and press the Auto Zero button on the main screen.
Auto Tool Zero for multiple tools - Designed mainly for router use, 2010 incorporates auto tool zero for multiple tools. This feature is especially useful for router users who need to change tools frequently during a job. Zeroing each tool manually can be time-consuming and tedious, but with the 2010 Screenset, users can automate this process and save time and hassle. Users need to have two plates attached to the probe input of Mach3, one movable and one fixed on the machine. Users also need to have homing switches on all axes. The process works as follows:
Zero the initial tool using the movable plate.
Change the tool and press the Auto Tool Change button on the main screen.
The machine will move to a predefined position and wait for user confirmation.
The user will place the movable plate under the new tool and press Cycle Start.
The machine will probe the movable plate and calculate the tool offset automatically.
The machine will move back to the previous position and resume the program.
This way, users do not need to measure or enter any tool length values in the tool table. They just need to load the tool and go. Tool changes during program execution now require only a single button press. If users spend a lot of time changing tools, they need this screen.
Both metric and imperial units supported. The 2010 Screenset can display both metric and imperial units on all screens, depending on the user's preference. Users can switch between units by pressing Alt-U on their keyboard or by clicking on the Units button on the main screen. The units will also change automatically according to the G-code program being run.
Huge toolpath display. The 2010 Screenset has a large toolpath display that shows the G-code program being executed in real time. Users can zoom in and out, pan, rotate, and toggle between different views of the toolpath. Users can also see information such as current line number, feed rate, spindle speed, etc. on the toolpath display.
Large, easily readable position DRO's (both machine and work coordinates) as well as Distance, IJ, and CV mode, current units and offset on all screens. The 2010 Screenset has large and clear position DRO's (digital readouts) that show the current position of the machine and the workpiece in both machine and work coordinates. Users can also see other important information such as distance mode, arc center mode, constant velocity mode, current units, and current offset on all screens. These DRO's are easy to read and understand, and can be useful for troubleshooting or fine-tuning the machine.
Capable of jogging on all screens, with quick changing of both jog speed and step increments to user defined settings, using one set of shortcut keys. The 2010 Screenset allows users to jog the machine on any screen, using the arrow keys or the mouse wheel. Users can also quickly change the jog speed and step increments to their preferred values, using one set of shortcut keys (Alt-1 to Alt-9). Users can define their own jog speed and step increment values in the Settings tab.
MDI available on all screens. The 2010 Screenset has a MDI (manual data input) box available on all screens, which allows users to enter and execute single lines of G-code commands. This can be useful for testing or adjusting the machine without loading a program.
Flyout Diagnostics screen, with additional space for user LED's. The 2010 Screenset has a flyout Diagnostics screen that can be accessed by clicking on the Diagnostics button on the main screen. The Diagnostics screen shows the status of various inputs and outputs of the machine, such as limit switches, probes, e-stops, etc. Users can also add their own LED's to the Diagnostics screen, using Mach3's Screen4 designer or MachScreen. Note: Mach3 limitation causes MDI to be hidden when Diagnostics screen is open, but it is still functional.
User definable Park position. The 2010 Screenset allows users to define their own Park position for the machine, which is a safe and convenient location where the machine can be moved when not in use. Users can set their Park position by jogging the machine to the desired location and pressing Alt-P on their keyboard or by clicking on the Park button on the main screen. Users can also move the machine to the Park position by pressing Alt-G or by clicking on the Go To Park button.
Both 3 axis and 4 axis versions included. The 2010 Screenset comes with both 3 axis and 4 axis versions, so users can choose the one that suits their machine configuration. The 4 axis version has an additional DRO and jog control for the A axis (rotary axis).
3 resolutions to fit both standard and widescreen monitors - 1024 x 768, 1680 x 1050, and 1920 x 1080. The 2010 Screenset comes in three different resolutions to fit different monitor sizes and aspect ratios. Users can choose from 1024 x 768 (standard), 1680 x 1050 (widescreen), and 1920 x 1080 (full HD) resolutions. Users need to make sure that Auto Screen Enlarge is turned off in Mach3's General Config menu, or else the text and graphics may be distorted or unreadable.
XY Probing Wizard - Edge, Corner, and Pocket probing (with Center Finding). The 2010 Screenset has a built-in XY Probing Wizard that allows users to probe various features on their workpiece, such as edges, corners, and pockets. Users need to have a probe connected to Mach3's probe input and a touch plate attached to their workpiece. The XY Probing Wizard can help users find the center of a circle or a rectangle, as well as measure the diameter or width of a feature. Users can also set their work offset based on the probing results.
Requirements for Mach3 2010 Screenset
The Mach3 2010 Screenset is an add-on screen set for the Mach3 machine control software. Users need to have a working copy of Mach3 to use this screen set. Mach3 can be purchased from Artsoft. The Mach3 2010 Screenset is designed to be run at the above listed resolutions only. Auto Screen Enlarge must be turned off in Mach3's General Config menu, or else the text and graphics may be distorted or unreadable. Users with larger monitors should run it in a window for best results.
Use of some features of this screen set requires additional hardware or configuration, such as:
Auto Tool Zero for multiple tools requires two plates attached to the probe input of Mach3, one movable and one fixed on the machine, as well as homing switches on all axes.
XY Probing Wizard requires a probe connected to Mach3's probe input and a touch plate attached to the workpiece.
4 axis version requires a 4 axis machine configuration and a rotary axis.
Installation and Usage of Mach3 2010 Screenset
The Mach3 2010 Screenset is easy to install and use. Users need to follow these steps:
Download the Mach3 2010 Screenset from The CNC Woodworker website. Users can choose between the English or French version, and the 3 axis or 4 axis version. Users also need to download the required fonts and install them on their computer.
Extract the downloaded zip file and copy the .set file and the bitmaps folder to the Mach3 installation directory (usually C:\Mach3).
Run Mach3 and go to View -> Load Screens. Select the .set file that matches the resolution of your monitor. For example, if your monitor resolution is 1920 x 1080, select 2010.set.</li