TReischl wrote:Ed, it takes some manual work to control the roughing. I wish the software was "smart" enough to know where it has already reached final depth and not keep going over and over and over the same cut areas
In your case I would create a vector that encompasses the actual bear. It does not have to be perfect, just somewhat outside the bear and log. There will still be some air cutting but nowhere near as bad. Then I would use the pocket strategy to machine the clock face out.
There are other methods that work but they are pretty involved.
I have a fast machine but that is not the cure by any means. Sure, when I am doing something small I don't worry about the air cutting time. But when I do something larger it can easily add several hours to the cutting time. So we all have the same problem, just a matter of scale.
The other methods I mentioned usually involve creating "rings" . A simple example would be a full round moon, think convex dish shape. Define a series of concentric rings, then select a pair of rings and do the rough machining, select the next pair and repeat, wash, rinse, repeat. It takes more programming time but it saves a huge amount of cutting time. I do that a lot when I do vcarving on platter. Before the vcarving the platter needs to be cut to finish dimensions. On a 14 inch platter I save about an hour of cutting time.
adze_cnc wrote:For your roughing cut's "Roughing Strategy" are you using "Z Level" or "3D Raster"?
ezurick wrote:No help I see.... All the vectric tutorials on importing 3D files are vectric 3D files... nothing on STL imports... guess I'll continue researching and keep trying. Rather frustrating.
I also smash it a bit since the 3D stl is always about 1.5" or more thick. And if the nose of the animal sticks out, the rest of the carving is too thin for comfort.
martin54 wrote:ezurick wrote:No help I see.... All the vectric tutorials on importing 3D files are vectric 3D files... nothing on STL imports... guess I'll continue researching and keep trying. Rather frustrating.
Give it a bit of time
Sure someone will answer your questions but most on the forum are people just like yourself with other things to do.
I will have a look latter but justy in the door from my work & going to have my dinner before I do anything
Have you tried this tutorial??
https://support.vectric.com/tutorials/V ... ideo_id=89
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