Vectric Lathe?

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Vectric Lathe?

Postby rondunn » Thu Jan 26, 2012 5:37 am

Sorry for posting this in the VCarve forum, I couldn't find anywhere more suitable.

I'm thinking about a CNC lathe. I use VCarve for my routers, but there doesn't seem to be an equivalent for lathes.

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Re: Vectric Lathe?

Postby kaartman » Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:09 am

Hallo Ron
Have a look at the comparison list of Vectric, ... rision.htm look down the list for Wrapped Rotary Toolpath, and here are many topics to read about viewforum.php?f=38

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Re: Vectric Lathe?

Postby rondunn » Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:03 am

Hi Kaartman,

Do you think wrapped axes are a suitable replacement for a lathe?

My main reason for thinking about a lathe is to make model wheels. Curious to see if people have done this using a 4th axis and Vectric software.

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Re: Vectric Lathe?

Postby dealguy11 » Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:57 am

Assuming it's some kind of spindle turning (as opposed to bowl turning) you can make close to anything with a 4th axis that you can make on a lathe, and lots of things you can't make on a lathe (assuming you have Aspire). You can make bowls, too, but the inside needs to be hollowed out with the bowl fastened to the table, not on the 4th axis. A 4th axis may give you better repeatability as well. I don't see any reason you couldn't make model wheels with it.
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