Carve simple straight line

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Carve simple straight line

Postby JeffWimer » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:21 am

I am attempting to carve a clock face. On there there are sixty tick marks created by a simple line. I realize that these are open vectors. But how do I carve these? When I select them for carving in the tool paths I get the error that I have 60 open vectors. I am confused.
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Re: Carve simple straight line

Postby Leo » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:26 am

Use a "Profile" toolpath and select ON.

You will need a Depth also, I suggest about .032 with a 60 degree cutter.
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Re: Carve simple straight line

Postby JeffWimer » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:40 am

I assume then that I need to select the tick marks separately? Interested in why they can't be picked up in the carving tool Path?


Thanks for the help.
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Re: Carve simple straight line

Postby Rcnewcomb » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:55 am

Interested in why they can't be picked up in the carving tool Path?

A V-Carve toolpath ALWAYS needs a closed vector because it is carving in the space between the vectors.

A profile toolpath ON the vector can be used with open or closed vectors.

You may find it helpful to watch the Profile Toolpath Guide video tutorial under:
Help/Video Tutorial Browser.../By Category/2D Toolpaths/Profile Toolpath Guide
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Re: Carve simple straight line

Postby ryadia » Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:12 am

Rcnewcomb wrote:
Interested in why they can't be picked up in the carving tool Path?

A V-Carve toolpath ALWAYS needs a closed vector because it is carving in the space between the vectors.

A profile toolpath ON the vector can be used with open or closed vectors.

You may find it helpful to watch the Profile Toolpath Guide video tutorial under:
Help/Video Tutorial Browser.../By Category/2D Toolpaths/Profile Toolpath Guide


Well I sat through the whole tutorial and not a single mention of carving a straight line. My very first post after buying Vcarve was me trying to cut a step into a piece of pine. The end result should have looked looked like a capital 'L' at the end of a 10" piece of 2x1" running the whole length.

I never did discover how to do what seemed like a simple task using Vcarve. Even now, I use a router table to perform this operation prior to engraving on the pine. I'll try now to find how to 'switch on' a toolpath and see what happens.

Thanks for the information. Apart from watching a Journalist force his or her opinion on the public in a current affairs program, my most hated viewing is watching tutorials. If they were broken down into specifics, it might not be so bad but to watch an hour and 45 minutes in anticipation of being told something you never get to see or hear is an incredibly frustrating process akin to water torture. At least with a book you can reference an index and find only what you want to know.

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Re: Carve simple straight line

Postby Rcnewcomb » Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:00 pm

my most hated viewing is watching tutorials. If they were broken down into specifics, it might not be so bad


You bring up a few good points:
1. people have different learning styles so training materials other than video format would be a good addition
2. for any training material make it easier to find steps for how to use a feature, or how to perform a specific task

Regarding training/support material in a format other than video, what would people like to see? In the past with other software I've had books with exercises or examples. Some were focus on teaching theory, i.e. here is how this tool work, others were more tactical, i.e. here are the steps to do "this".

Regarding breaking into specifics, another software vendor (not CAD/CAM related) has online training videos, but they have set up a broad topic like Visual Analytics that is nearly two hours long and broken it into specific sections that are 2 to 7 minutes in length. This makes it very easy to go back an look at a particular step that may be troublesome.
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Re: Carve simple straight line

Postby Mark » Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:53 am

Hello Ryadia,

With version 9 we have added a new Video Tutorial Browser which aims to help address this problem,
bookmarks can now be added to the videos to take you to specific areas of the video.
Over time, we hope to further improve the bookmarks based on search requests that are made.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=27821

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Re: Carve simple straight line

Postby FixitMike » Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:10 pm

In the menu bar, Help--Help Contents takes you to a document that I have found quite helpful in explaining how the tools and toolpaths work. I'm not a fan of the tutorials, too. But once in a while they turn on a light bulb for me.
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