Acorn CNC12 v4.80 has been released. (8-12-22)

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Acorn CNC12 v4.80 has been released. (8-12-22)

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8-12-22 Acorn CNC12 v4.80 has been released.
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https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... loads.html


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Hey everyone,

Who is up for some new software testing?

new Acorn CNC12 v4.80 Release Candidate now available for public download and testing,

https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... taller.zip

This version has many hours of testing on it but we now need your help as it is impossible for us to test CNC12 on all the various types of different machine, drives, components that are available.

Here is the current set of release notes for the new software.

Acorn CNC12 v4.80 Mill, Lathe, Router, Plasma Release Notes:

1. Added support for XY Jogging in the VCP and Wizard for Mill, Router, Plasma. (Note: this feature works with Lathe as XZ jogging but is not implemented in the Wizard, simple hand edit VCP to enable for Lathe).
2. Improved G code backplot graphics speed, now much faster G code job display graphics.
3. Added support for WMPG-4 Plasma specific overlay skin in Plasma Wizard.
4. Fixed Lathe Offset Tool Measurement bug.
5. Fixed Keyboard Jogging bug when “PC Keyboard” was selected and Z axis would not jog with Keyboard arrow keys
6. Added Smart Sense functionality user choice in THC config menu. 1.) Sense voltage only at beginning of job. Or 2.) Sense voltage at beginning of every cut.
7. Added support for time based “marking” in Acorn Plasma. (M64)
Added SpindleOK delay timer in Wizard for inverters that are not quick to send a Spindle Ok signal.
8. Added choice of spindle speed display type, Actual = Actual Encoder reporting speed, Programmed Spindle Speed = G code S function command value, or Display Both.
9. Added Communications Stress test file “stressTest.cnc” in \NCFILES. Run the G code file to stress test the Acorn to CNCPC communications link. This helps debug communications issues above and beyond a simple ping test.
10. Added Live Torch Voltage Oscilloscope feature to Plasma. A handy debug tool for the commissioning of Plasma systems.
11. Added a dedicated Virtual Control Panel Preferences menu to the Wizard.
12. Fixed issue with Windows Global font size messing up text in the Wizard.
13. Added ability to export tool height offset and diameter to both txt and csv for the mill tool library
14. Added GetFullPathJobNameCurrent, and GetCurrentLineInfo functions to the skinning api
15. Added Gecko Drive Type in Wizard for Gecko G203V
16. Lowered the cpu usage of the PLC Diagnostics app, and VCP for better system performance.
17. Added to Wizard Homing menu option to not use homing at all upon start up.
18. Added automatic current CNC12 installation directory backup to the CNC12 installer
19. Added a parameter to set the precision of DRO, now user can set how many decimal points are displayed in the DRO
20. The vcp will now not crash if the options.xml file is corrupt. It will create a new file with default values.
21. Added axes labels U and V to the Wizard and added vcp U V buttons for axes labels
22. Added GetJogState function to the skinning api
23. Added new system variables for the “get amount” of communication errors
24. Added message to status menu if there is more than 5 communication error messages within an hour
25. Defaulted RTG all machine types to to have no trail when real time graphing a job
26. Increased the responsiveness of the WMPG-4 for improved performance.
27. Added KL5056E Drive Preset for Acorn Wizard
28. Improved Lathe Homing images
29. Added new functions to skinning api. The functions are for getting all the tools in tool library, getting tool description, and setting tool tool description
30. Added skinning function to get if the software has a pro, ultimate or free license
31. Added machine parameter 440 (Stop For Jogging Continue Bit) for which values 1-255 indicate the SV_SKIN_EVENT_x to check for continuation during execution of an M0/M200/M201 command, along with CYCLE_START and TOOL_CHECK. A value of 256 will wait for the Skinning API call Job.ContinueExecution.
32. Added machine parameter 180 (Clear Limit Switch Distance). This parameter specifies the distance to move before generating an error when looking for the limit switch to be cleared during a homing (M91/M92) command. A value of zero will result in a default setting of using a distance of 0.5 inches or one motor revolution, whichever is greater. This distance only applies to a linear axis. If the axis is rotary, a distance of 45 degrees is used regardless of the parameter value.
33. Corrected Plasma issue causing SV_STOP to be reset even when there was an active THCError
34. Fixed minimum S textbox being multiplied by 10 when returning to the PWM setup menu
35. Plasma Intercon v.91 now included with this installer!

https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... _notes.pdf


v4.80 ATC programs with instructions.
https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... ograms.zip

List of Wizard preprogrammed "canned" input and output functions for v4.80

https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... s_v4.8.pdf

Stand Alone "Offline" Plasma Intercon installer.
All new Plasma Intercon v.91 (a USB key for unlimited offline use is included with every Ultimate License file purchase)
https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... taller.zip





Download and Unzip then click on .exe to run the installer.

For now, please do a fresh install and hand enter the machine specific values and settings using the Wizard. (Screen shots from previous versions Wizard pages make this easy.)
Avoid using 'restore report' at this time. We are looking to test and exercise a fresh installation of v4.79 rev3 with no added complications from carrying along files from older versions etc.


Looking forward to your test results and comments.


Please post any questions or comments about this beta software here on this thread so we keep all things about beta software in one spot. thanks in advance!


Update Instructions.
Installation instructions for updating an existing installation of Acorn CNC12 to this version.

1.) Make screen shots of each Wizard menu of the existing installation so you have a visual record of the current Wizard settings. (Store copies of the report and screen shots in a safe place (even on another computer as an extra precaution would be a good idea as well)). Windows “Snipping Tool” is very handy for this. To find this program type in “snip” in the Windows search bar.

2.) Download and unzip the .zip” file
EXTRACT the zip file, open extracted folder and with the Acorn up and running with a heartbeat, Double click on the .exe and follow the instructions to install CNC12. You may run into a Windows warning notification: Click “More Info” then click “Run Anyway” to continue.

3.) With the Acorn up and running with a heartbeat double click on the CNC12 Icon to start CNC12. CNC12 will update the firmware on the Acorn BBG. Follow the instructions on the screen.

4.) Install the Acorn License file from the Acorn Utility menu, “Options” , then “Import License”. Note: Mill, Lathe, Router License files used with older software will work with this version of Mill, Lathe and Router CNC12. If installing the new Acorn CNC12 Plasma a new Plasma Pro license file is required.

5.) Open the Wizard and re-enter the information and settings from the screen shots made in step 1
and press “Write settings to CNC control” and follow the instructions on the screen.

6.) For Plasma, continue the setup process in the Plasma installation manual. Start with Step 4
https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... manual.pdf

Note: The “Restore Report” feature may only be used on the same version of CNC12 software. Do not use the “Restore Report” feature when updating from one version of CNC12 to another. said another way, do not use "restore report" when updating to a new version of software.

New CNC12 installation instructions.
https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... manual.pdf

If you have any custom macros or VCP buttons copy them over from the old install to the new install. same with tool libraries, custom home programs and wcs positions.

Thanks in advance!

-Keith
Need support? READ THIS POST first. http://centroidcncforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=1043
All Acorn Documentation is located here: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=3397
Answers to common questions: viewforum.php?f=63
and here viewforum.php?f=61
Gear we use but don't sell. https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... _gear.html
cnckeith
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Re: XY Jogging now available. Test it out... V4.80 Release Candidate Now available.

Post by cnckeith »

a new RC was just uploaded today at 5:40 pm EST (8-5-22). same download link.
- added better support for C axis and 4th axis wireless mpg jogging in Lathe
- improvements and additions to Plasma Intercon conversational programming
Need support? READ THIS POST first. http://centroidcncforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=1043
All Acorn Documentation is located here: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=3397
Answers to common questions: viewforum.php?f=63
and here viewforum.php?f=61
Gear we use but don't sell. https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... _gear.html
cnckeith
Posts: 4611
Joined: Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:23 pm
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Oak CNC controller: Yes
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DC3IOB: Yes
CNC11: Yes
CPU10 or CPU7: Yes
CNC Control System Serial Number: none
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Re: XY Jogging now available. Test it out... V4.80 Release Candidate Now available.

Post by cnckeith »

Acorn Plasma Installation manual has been updated to v4.80.
refresh to see the latest if you previously downloaded.
https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... manual.pdf
Need support? READ THIS POST first. http://centroidcncforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=1043
All Acorn Documentation is located here: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=3397
Answers to common questions: viewforum.php?f=63
and here viewforum.php?f=61
Gear we use but don't sell. https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... _gear.html
cnckeith
Posts: 4611
Joined: Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:23 pm
Acorn CNC Controller: Yes
Allin1DC CNC Controller: Yes
Oak CNC controller: Yes
MPU11 & GPIO4D -w/ 3rd Party Drives: Yes
DC3IOB: Yes
CNC11: Yes
CPU10 or CPU7: Yes
CNC Control System Serial Number: none
Contact:

Re: Acorn CNC12 v4.80 has been released. (8-12-22)

Post by cnckeith »

Plasma Intercon is in beta, we will frequently be making new "builds" (new versions with added features and bug fixes) so be sure to always download and install the latest Intercon Plasma build.

here is the link that will always have the latest version.
https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... taller.zip
this download works to update both an offline (USB key install on another PC) AND on the CNCPC used on the plasma machine with the Acorn Plasma CNC12 software. same installer works for both.

simply unzip and double click the installer and it will make a back up copy of the existing Plasma Intercon directory and then install the new version of Plasma intercon. (copy over any programs you may have created from the old \intercon directory to the new one if you wish)
Need support? READ THIS POST first. http://centroidcncforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=1043
All Acorn Documentation is located here: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=3397
Answers to common questions: viewforum.php?f=63
and here viewforum.php?f=61
Gear we use but don't sell. https://www.centroidcnc.com/centroid_di ... _gear.html
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