This program is native Windows XP program designed to run in a command window in Windows Vista/NT/XP/2000 32 or 64 bit operating systems. It is targeted to run only on the C: drive of the system, and will utilize about 4 megabytes of space. It creates a directory structure at C:\SS. These directories contain all of the current user documentation along with the programs. It is a work in progress, and other information is being added on a constant basis.
To install click here - Download the ssXP setup software system v2.28 1/18/2012 (2.067meg) and save the file in a TEMP directory. Next double-click on mkxpdemo228.exe which is the file you just downloaded. This will create a group of files. If this is a new instalation next double-click on INSTALL. If you are updating a current installation double click on REINSTAL. This will do the instalation and immediately start the program. An icon will also be placed on your desktop ssXP for starting the program later.
The first thing you should do after startup is go to the HELP menu and at least read enough to know how to navigate the menus. The documentation is on line and context sensitive to where you are in the menu system, so at any point you can hit the F1 key which will take you to the help for that menu item.
ssDEMO SETUP and EVALUATION PROGRAM for use with Windows 95/98/ME & DOS
NOTE:This program is no longer maintained, but is left here for older system users.
This program is for the OEM or machine builder. It provides all of the tools and documentation necessary to get a machine up and running properly. It also contains demo versions of ssCNC using g-code as the control language, and a demo version of ssENGRAVE which is a Laser cutting/engraving system using HPGL as the control language. The latest version of ssLASER and ssROUTER (LExxx) will also be found in the ss/download directory within the ssDEMO system.
This program is DOS based but designed to run in a DOS window in Windows 95/98/ME. It is targeted to run only on the C: drive of the system, and will utilize about 3 megabytes of space. It creates a directory structure at C:\SS. These directories contain all of the current user documentation. For the instalation instructions that are at the end of this document click here -Download the SS demo software system v2.11 1/13/2007 (1.42meg) If you need an earlier version go to Application Notes where there is a list of prior versions that may be downloaded.
Motor Compensation Waveforms
This download contains a collection of motor compensationwaveforms for various motors we have tested. These waveforms areused in conjunction with the ssXP or ssDEMO program in the Axis Tuning Section.This installation will create a directory \ss\motors\ and within this directorythere will be sub-directories for different motor manufactures. For moreinformation see the application note AN-108 Motor Waveform Compensation.
If you have a motor you want analyzed for motor tuning, contact us directly for more information.
After downloading this file to a temporary directory,
double click on it and it will create another file along with an install.bat
which you should then double click. This will install the motor directories
and their files.
Download the SS Motor Tuning Files 6/11/2002
This program is DOS based but designed to run in a DOS window in Windows 95/98/ME. It is targeted to run only on the C: drive of the system, and will utilize about 2 megabytes of space. It creates a directory structure at C:\SSCNC. These directories contain all of the current user documentation. It will work in DEMO mode if not connected to a SS4544 system controller.
Note: To run your actual machine you will need the system configuration file SSCNC.CFG and the motion parameter setup file that goes with the machine <machine-name.MPM>. These are provided by your machine builder, or you will have to create them yourself using ssDEMO. Very Important! Copy these files onto your installation disk before doing the install!
Download the ssCNC v1.14 4/19/2002 (817k)
This download contains both the C source as well as the DLL itself. This DLL gives you higher level commands to talk to the ss4544 system to allow you to quickly write motion control programs using the capabilities of the ss4544 system. You will still need to use the ssDEMO program to first setup and test and tune your motion system. Once that is accomplished, all setup parameters for your machine are stored in Flash memory in the ss4544. You can then issue motion commands through the DLL. You will find additional information within the Directory c:\ss\motion which is created when you install the ssDEMO on your system.
Download the gmcapi.zip 8/6/2003 (77.3k)
This download contains a working demo of a very complete CAD/CAM system with direct output to a ss4544 system running the ssLASER or ssROUTER application. You can quickly design and edit complex shapes, insert and warp text strings then do spiral pocketing, islanding, inside or outside contouring, all with tool diameter ofsets. It has most of the features of an expensive CAD/CAM system at a very reasonable price. You may even project your design on many different geometric shapes, such as cylinders, balls, cones, etc.
This program will run under all versions of Windows including 95 if all of it's updates are installed. To install, create a directory C:\TestraMW and copy or download this self extracting zip file into this directory. When complete, double click on the TestraMW.exe file which will extract all of the program files, then drag the icon TestraMW out onto your desktop. To start the program simply double click the TestraMW icon. The complete manual in PDF format may be downloaded Chapter by Chapter in the following selections. You should at least read Chapter 1 Overview of MillWrite, which gives you very important information as to how to run the program.
Download the TestraMWrouter.exe 5/27/2009 (2.76mB)
Self Extracting Zip File
Application Note AN-106 Installing Laser Engraver or other Firmware in ss4544
Download the TestraMW Manual by Chapter in PDF Format
Chapter 1 Overview of MillWrite (692kb)
Chapter 2 Engraving Text and Symbols (706kb)
Chapter 3 Create an arrow with Draw, Offset, Snap, and Join (2.83mb)
Chapter 4 Polylines (1.41mb)
Chapter 5 Setting Parameters for Text (1.25mb)
Chapter 6 Editing Nodes and Links (1.25mb)
Chapter 7 Editing Polylines (1.54mb)
Chapter 8 Layers (340kb)
Chapter 9 CAM Settings, Pocketing, and NC Format (1.49mb)
Chapter 10 Making a Ribbed Part (829kb)
Chapter 11 Array of Text (1.28mb)
Chapter 12 Circular arrays: clocks, date wheels, dials (1.78mb)
Chapter 13 The Move Function (1.12mb)
Chapter 14 Drilling Holes (527kb)
Chapter 15 Customizing TestraMW - Setting Defaults (673kb)
Chapter 16 Filleting individual lines and arcs (1.46mb)
Chapter 17 Rotating Objects (756kb)
Chapter 18 3D Surfaces (794kb)
This download is NOT a demo program. It is only useful for those of you who have appropriate ss4544 systems with a control panel. This needs to be unzipped into your c:\ss\download directory then uploaded to your ss4544. If you have downloaded the latest ssDEMO and done an INSTALL or REINSTALL this file will already be located in the proper directory.
Download latest ssROUTER/ssLASER/ssPLASMA 7/18/2009 LE783 (110kB)
If you are running a DOS system, before starting make sure that your config.sys file declares at least 20 Buffers and 20 Files. This can be done by adding the following two lines to your DOS config.sys if they are not already there or larger. In Windows you don't have to worry about this!
You will have to reboot your system if you make these changes. Use the Control-Alt-Delete keys simultaneously.
Save the download file (a .EXE file) in a temporary directory. Log into that directory and either type the name of the download file or double-click on it in Windows. This will auto extract all the files for installation, running, and removal, and another self extracting file containing the system (another .EXE file). If you want to install the demo on another system, you can copy all of the files except the original download file ( first .EXE file) to a floppy disk or USB drive.
FROM DOS OR A DOS WINDOW (DOS or Windows 95/98 or ME)
To install the SyncroStep DEMO from a floppy or USB drive, first log onto the drive you are using then type INSTALL. For example:
Alternatively, if you are updating a system and wish to maintain your menu configuration files, type REINSTAL. For example:
After you leave the SyncroStep demo system and are back in DOS, you can restart the demo by typing at the prompt:
If you are installing from the temporary directory, simply type INSTALL
The READ.ME file has more information. The installation will automatically start the program. It will also place a bat file in your root directory c:\, and in your bat directory c:\bat\ if there is one. It will also place an icon on your windows desktop, if Windows is running.
FROM ANY WINDOWS
To install on the same system you downloaded to you can simply double click on install.bat or reinstal.bat in the folder that you just expanded the download file in. If you have copied all of the files to a floppy disk or USB flash drive to install on a different system, it may be installed by using the windows RUN feature. Enter a:install or a:reinstal after putting the floppy in the a: drive or inserting the USB flash drive. Alternatively using windows explorer, select the appropriate drive, then double click on install.bat or reinstal.bat. The installation will automatically start up the program. After quitting the program you will find a new icon on your desktop that may be used to restart the program when desired.
Note: ssDEMO may not run properly on some Windows XP/2000 or NT operating systems. The Microsoft Emulator handling I/O is very slow. For Windows XP/2000 or NT use ssXP.