CUT with Mach3

Last updated: Jan 20, 2020

Introduction

If you are running a Legacy CrossFire Machine with Mach3 Electronics, please follow this guide to installing, setting up, and using Mach3 to cut parts on your CrossFire CNC. Mach3 is general-use software developed by Artsoft for CNC Machines.

Post Processing for Mach3

Be sure that your G-Code is Post Processed in AutoDesk Fusion 360 for Mach3. Find the Mach3 Post Processor for Autodesk Fusion 360 on the Downloads page. Programs that are exported using the FireControl Post Processor are not compatible with Mach3.

1: Installing Mach3

In the first CrossFire Cutting Tutorial we cover installation of the free version of the Mach3 Control software as well as installing the latest CrossFire configurations from the Langmuir Systems downloads page. If you have purchased a full license for Mach3, please watch our activation video.

2: Mach3 Overview

In part 2 of the CrossFire Cutting Tutorial series we cover plugging in the CrossFire to a computer via USB cable, providing power to the CrossFire, and also a brief overview of the Mach3 control software.

3: Jogging, Setting Offsets

In part 3 of the CrossFire Cutting Tutorial series we cover jogging the machine (continuous and incremental), setting offsets, zeroing axes, importing a program, and running the CrossFire Break-in Program.

4: Torch Firing

In part 4 of the CrossFire Cutting Tutorial series we cover connecting your plasma cutter to the CrossFire electronics enclosure and perform an automatic torch firing in Mach3 for the first time.

5: First Parts

In part 5 of the CrossFire Cutting Tutorial series we cover cutting out your first parts on the CrossFire CNC plasma table.

6: Nesting Parts

In part 6 of the CrossFire Cutting Tutorial series we cover cutting out four identical brackets in a nest program that was created in Autodesk Fusion 360.