V-Carve Wizard suggestio for enhancement

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Postby Paco » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:33 pm

This is all at anyone's reach within this readily GREAT piece of software (VCW).

Expensive!? Not!

The "text" only is from outside...

Here the CRV file. Run each toolpath one by one and look at the 2D view to understand what vector(s) was used for what so you can see what it's all about...

Let me know if you need any help about it.

----->Look like I cannot attach the 593 KB CRV... sorry...
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Postby Tony Mac » Thu Mar 09, 2006 10:42 pm

Paco,

There was a problem with adding .CRV files.

This has been fixed and you should now be able to upload your files.

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Postby Paco » Thu Mar 09, 2006 11:01 pm

SEE ABOVE - post edited...

Thanks Tony!
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Postby CLyon » Fri Mar 10, 2006 2:32 pm

Paco,
Very nice. You've taken the layering of vcarve/2d carve to a new level. Must have spent several nights awake trying to visualize how that all fit together.

The complexity of the sequence highlights the difficulty there would be if one were to change the size of the piece. Next version could really use a global recut calc macro or some such.

Also - wouldn't it be fun to have wizards within VCarve to semi automate some of this sort of effect. Now you've shown us how to do it, I want to play with some other graphics and see what can be done.
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Postby Paco » Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:13 pm

As with any CAD/CAM out there, don't limit your possibilities with the available buttons and menus. Combination would be a keyword... I got an wrench, I got a bolt... can I only turn the bolt?!... Not; I can fix something in my car...

I would prefer to have more options, tools and feature than pre-built wizard to create such things.

Most of this kind of work is done while I sleep I believe... :roll:
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Postby Phil » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:49 pm

Paco,

you're a very creative guy, you're doing some really cool things with V-Carve. I'm still looking for a way to reverse or invert the profile of a v-carved image. I've been working on taking a V-Carve file, opening the SBP file in Excel, changing the Z values from Neg. to Pos. and saving the file with the new Z- values. I'm hitting a few bumps in the process but I'm making progress. I think it will work.
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Postby Rcnewcomb » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:31 am

Phil,

I've found that your approach is basically sound.

Based on your suggestion here is what I've toyed with:
Use the teardrop file with the addition of the following:
1) create a rectangle slightly larger than the material
2) 2D mill the rectangle 0.001" deep (i.e. a shallow cut)
3) V-carve tooltath just the teardrop but set the start depth to 0.001"

Next I wrote a routine that:
1) in the V-carve toolpath finds the maximum Z depth -- that becomes the new Zero.
2) for all other Z cuts find the difference between them and the maximum Z - the greater the difference the deeper the cut
3) Use the same method on the end-mill file - still finding the difference between the maximum Z depth of the V-carvefile and the end-mill.

The problem that I have so far is that it wants to cut the deep parts first. I need to figure out a way to reverse the cuts so we cut the shallow areas first and then work our way down.

Sadly, I cannot preview it in Vcarve wizard -- I can only preview in my Shopbot program.
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Postby Phil » Sat Mar 11, 2006 3:35 pm

RC

you're experiments bring up another feature that I would like to see incorporated in V-Carve - the ability to preview SBP files. Maybe the wizards could provide us a utility that would convert SBP files to CRV.
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Postby Wemme » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:52 pm

Yes I know I've over done my bit on tabbing-bridging but..
I've noticed that my tool bits are being chipped when small cuttout break free. they hit the tool and the product chipping the tool.
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Postby Scott » Thu Mar 16, 2006 4:43 pm

I've done several mirror and picture frames lately and would like to be able to delete waste material that is internal when previewing.
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Postby doglaw » Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:11 pm

:D Tony:

I have a couple of requests for a future release:

:idea: I created a file that has about 70 toolpaths. Sometime after I created all the toolpaths, I realized I needed to tweak a couple. Finding the right toolpath was a bit of a problem for me. It would be nice if, when you select a toolpath in the toolpath list box, the corresponding vectors would either change colours or line width or something else to make them stand out.

:idea: It would also be nice to be able to create a line vector and be able to specify a starting depth and finish depth and have V-carve produce a toolpath with a changing z-position. This would really be a powerful feature and I sure have a ton of applications for it.

Thanks,

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Postby Rik » Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:38 pm

What about the ability to do curved profiles? I mean instead of only linear planes the ability to follow up a curved or rounded surface? This would I think add a 3rd dimension for us to play with. What do you think, doable or flight of fancy? :wink:
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Postby Paco » Sun Mar 26, 2006 10:45 pm

Futur Vectric product release!? :D
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Postby edcoleman » Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:16 am

Like many others, I'd like to say WONDERFUL SOFTWARE PACKAGE !

I'm really looking forward to the next release...one item that would be a nice addition that I haven't seen mentioned yet is the ability to to select objects with an irregular bounding box.

For example I used two different angle bits in carving the file shown here - it would be nice to have been able to select the individual elements with an irregular windowing function as opposed to having to shift-click on each one

Oh yeah, and tabs would be nice too (wouldn't they Paco? :D )
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Postby Paco » Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:24 am

Well, it's just that I much prefer to sand (trim) down tabs than try to make a bit bite disapear... and even though I sometime need to have my fingers there, I really like when I look at my tool with the hot coffee in my hands! Isn't CNC about this anyway (at least part of)!? :wink:
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