Tapered ballnose bit

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Tapered ballnose bit

Postby wcw7398 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:51 pm

I want to add a tapered ballnose bit to my PVC tool database. I understand how to do it, however it is not a tool type that appears in the drop down list. Of course because of that I can't enter the proper geometry, ie the taper angle. Is there some reason for this, or is there something I'm missing? Thanks in advance for any help or advice.
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Re: Tapered ballnose bit

Postby Adrian » Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:52 pm

Tapered ballnoses aren't a supported tool type in PVC. They came into Vectric products in later versions and PVC hasn't been updated in quite a while. To be honest with the type of toolpath work that is usually done with PVC and ballnoses the fact that it's tapered doesn't really matter so you can enter it as a straight tool.
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Re: Tapered ballnose bit

Postby wcw7398 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:36 am

Thanks for that. I'll give it try. I've been carving lithophanes with some success but have been using a v bit with a 20degree angle and a small flat on the point. Just thought I'd try out a ballnose and see what happens. As prolific and thorough as Vectric is it's a little surprising they haven't uptated to accommodate a ballnose, since it's already done in Vcarve. Anyway, thanks for the info.
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Re: Tapered ballnose bit

Postby Xxray » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:19 am

I have only ever used tapered ball nose bits for lithos and just enter .125 for what I use, never thought about the lack of fine tuning options but mine have come out fine.
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Re: Tapered ballnose bit

Postby wcw7398 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:16 pm

That's great. I'll do that
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