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    Are you talking about 2D carvings, or 3D models?

    Are you talking about 2D carvings, or 3D models?
  2. Thread: Spindle Choice

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    I bought two 2.2Kw air cooled round bodied...

    I bought two 2.2Kw air cooled round bodied spindles last year for $125 (US) each from Ratt Motor on Ebay.
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    Just an FYI. My friends in the UK, no longer...

    Just an FYI.
    My friends in the UK, no longer purchase from linearmotionbearings (Chai).
    They now purchase from BST Automation on Aliexpress, and find the prices as good or better, and the...
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    Forgot to post these pics earlier this year... ...

    Forgot to post these pics earlier this year...


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    After the holidays, I'll be back to working on JointCAM, adding mortise and tenon joints.
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    I've got a nasty leak on our Morbidelli that's...

    I've got a nasty leak on our Morbidelli that's right in the middle of an area that looks like your picture. As long as it keeps running, I'm not touching it. If it stops running, I'll have the boss...
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    Haven't posted in a while. I've since added...

    Haven't posted in a while. I've since added standard box joints, and just got these working today. As soon as I iron out a small wrinkle, I'll be uploading a new version.

    ...
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    I sent you a PM.

    I sent you a PM.
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    After almost 2 years, I finally have a finished...

    After almost 2 years, I finally have a finished (somewhat) product. Development will continue, but the current version can be purchased now.

    http://g-forcecnc.com/jointcam.html



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    Been Awhile...........

    I haven't posted here in quite a while, but I've been working regularly on this project since I last posted. I've finished the dovetail portion, and will be releasing it soon with dovetails only....
  10. Thread: ISO vs HSK

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    While HSK may be more dust resistant, it's...

    While HSK may be more dust resistant, it's possible for chips to get inside the open top. When this happens, the spindle won't grab the tool. On our Morbidelli, it gives an error and shuts down. I've...
  11. Thread: ISO vs HSK

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    I've used both, and there's really not much...

    I've used both, and there's really not much difference. HSK63 is supposed to be better, and is what our current machine has. I used the ISO30 machine for over 10 years with no problems.
  12. Thread: Planet-cnc

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    I am.

    I am.
  13. Thread: Planet-cnc

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    I believe you posted in the Big Bamboo thread at...

    I believe you posted in the Big Bamboo thread at CNC Zone today? That machine uses the Planet CNC control.
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    Here you go. Proceed with caution. Preferably,...

    Here you go. Proceed with caution. Preferably, run it high above your fixture and watch what it's doing to make sure there are no crashes.

    You need to offset the pin boards 9.75mm from the...
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    If your fixture width is 250mm total, then you...

    If your fixture width is 250mm total, then you can't cut both left and right at the same time if they are 150mm, unless I'm not understanding you?

    See the attached pdf, and tell me if what I have...
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    Do you want code to cut both left and right...

    Do you want code to cut both left and right joints at the same time? If not, which side do you want to cut the joints on?
    And can you cut the pin and tail boards together?

    Is your fixture along...
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    Give me the board thickness and width, and the...

    Give me the board thickness and width, and the tool size, and the width of your vertical fixture, and I can generate the g-code with the dovetail program I'm writing.
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    Shielded wires have no effect on the motors...

    Shielded wires have no effect on the motors performance, but they can keep noise from effecting limit switches and other devices.

    For a cheaper alternative to the Smooth Stepper, search for the...
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    When power is applied to the drive, the motor...

    When power is applied to the drive, the motor should be locked up. If it's not locking up, I'd try it with a different drive. It's easy to destry drives, but much more difficult to damage a motor.
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    1 down, 6 to go

    Have the equal spaced dovetails done, now onto something with a little more variety. :)

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    Last week someone on the Mach3 forum came up with...

    Last week someone on the Mach3 forum came up with this idea. Assign the Probe to input #1 (or any input) and write a Brain to trigger the Probe input whenever Input #1 is active. There's probably a...
  22. Thread: Tool chnge

    by Ger21
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    With the addition of a fixed auto zero plate, my...

    With the addition of a fixed auto zero plate, my 2010 Screenset automates the setting of Z zero during tolchanges.
    The Big Tex version of the Mach Blue Screenset will zero the Z after a toolchange,...
  23. Thread: Thank you Gecko

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    Did you use the proper (expensive) crimping tool...

    Did you use the proper (expensive) crimping tool to put them on? Those wire ferrules are the preferred method of wiring on the Mechmate forum.
  24. Thread: Thank you Gecko

    by Ger21
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    :2tsup:

    :2tsup:
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    I'm actually working on it right now. I've added...

    I'm actually working on it right now. I've added about 20 lines of code in the last 6 hours. Those 20 lines required fixing another 20 lines of code. It took hours of testing to find minor little...
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    You can also go to Config >Homing/Limits and...

    You can also go to Config >Homing/Limits and check the "Reverse" box.
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    AutoCAD for most stuff (free from work) Been...

    AutoCAD for most stuff (free from work) Been using it for about 15 years, and find it to be the most powerful and customizable 2D CAD package out there. It's also very capable at most 3D work....
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    For the most part, yes, I've had the half blind...

    For the most part, yes, I've had the half blind dovetail portion finished for a long time. Just need a few hours to tidy up the g-code generation.
    However, it's far from a finished program, and at...
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    Not sure exactly what your asking, but this may...

    Not sure exactly what your asking, but this may help.



    What you call "cut offset" is tangent of dovetail angle (in radians) x depth of cut.

    Small bit width is large diameter - (2* cut...
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    Things just aren't going my way. 3 weeks ago I...

    Things just aren't going my way. 3 weeks ago I went away for a long weekend with the intent on programming for 3 straight days. The night before, I came down with flu like symptoms that kept me in...
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    Yes, I'm still working on it, but due to a family...

    Yes, I'm still working on it, but due to a family member being diagnosed with a serious illness 5 weeks ago, my available time has been reduced to nearly zero. But I'm slowly getting back into it.
    ...
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    Thanks. :U Yes, it outputs ready to run...

    Thanks. :U



    Yes, it outputs ready to run g-code.
    As it's mainly targeted at Mach3 users, there are not multiple post processors. But there are several options to tailor the g-code to your...
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    I did some test cuts to make sure I was on the...

    I did some test cuts to make sure I was on the right track.
    Here's the video on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDmBcpON3Zo
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    It seems that as I move forward, the list of...

    It seems that as I move forward, the list of needed options grows longer and longer. But I think I have enough options to satisfy most users right now. And I actually generated a little g-code. :)
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    My opinion is that none of Vectric's products is...

    My opinion is that none of Vectric's products is targeted to Solidworks users.

    Cut 2D is their entry level program targeted to new cnc users who do their designing in a 2D CAD or drawing package....
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    I would say that anyone with considerable CAD...

    I would say that anyone with considerable CAD experience will find the drawing tools in Aspire somewhat less efficient. I'm also an AutoCAD user, and I like to think a pretty good one. :) I can draw...
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    That really depends on what you want to do. It...

    That really depends on what you want to do. It will import both .dxf and .jpg, and many other formats. Be aware that .dxf and .jpg are two very different things, and are used for different things in...
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    The trial version will only let you create g-code...

    The trial version will only let you create g-code for the included sample projects. But other than that, it's fully functional.
    Is there any particular insight you're looking for?
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    https://www.onsrud.com/plusdocs/Doc/index.html?mod...

    https://www.onsrud.com/plusdocs/Doc/index.html?model.code=FeedSpeeds
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    Draw the different angles in your CAD program,...

    Draw the different angles in your CAD program, and print them out full scale, and compare your bits to the print? Everyone using a CNC router has a CAD program, don't they?
    I'll need to create a...
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    I'll have a space to enter a clearance amount. I...

    I'll have a space to enter a clearance amount. I just haven't gotten to it yet. Still quite a few things that need to get added to the interface.




    Probably no chance of this happening. I'm...
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    Might want to look at these. Paul Schurch...

    Might want to look at these.
    Paul Schurch Woodwork, veneer, marquetry, furniture, seminars, tools, supplies
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    OK, I've been working on this for a few hours...

    OK, I've been working on this for a few hours today.

    Now, I know it's not what you wanted, but I'm doing this as a standalone application, rather than a Mach3 wizard.
    I have what I feel is a very...
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    Not doesn't just go across town to help people....

    Not doesn't just go across town to help people. He's been helping people around the world for years.:cheers2:
  45. Thread: carving programs

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    V Carve Pro (and Aspire) has a function to "auto...

    V Carve Pro (and Aspire) has a function to "auto trace" the imported image with vectors. The resulting vectors are then used to create toolpaths.

    Personally, I usually prefer to manually trace...
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    Not really. I've looked at it a few times, but...

    Not really. I've looked at it a few times, but haven't done anything. Although I am actually working on it right now.

    Don't expect anything for a few months at least. I have a lot of things on my...
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    No, because it only takes effect when Mach3 is...

    No, because it only takes effect when Mach3 is closed and restarted.



    Not necessarily. With a handheld jig, the depth must always be the same due to the spacing of the jig, but with cnc the...
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    Bob, what do you think about the option of using...

    Bob, what do you think about the option of using a straight bit as a "roughing" tool when doing half blind dovetails? It would really require an ATC, or 2 spindle machine to use efficiently, but it...
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    I've got about 15 years experience using large...

    I've got about 15 years experience using large commercial routers. My advice, would be to run the 150mm duct right to the machine, high over the center of the table, if you have enough height. From...
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    Is this the method you'd want for half blind...

    Is this the method you'd want for half blind dovetails? ShopBot Cutting Dovetails - YouTube

    Or, would you want to cut the parts individually?
    Actually, this method only works for equal spaced...
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