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by 4DThinker
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Circular cut has me stumped
Replies: 12
Views: 173

Re: Circular cut has me stumped

Sharks are notorious for having flex in the router mount/Z axis. I own one, and have essentially stopped using it for that reason. Some day, perhaps after I retire, I'll likely rebuild the carriage to hopefully eliminate all the plastic parts which should never have been used in the first place.
by 4DThinker
Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: XY Datum Offset
Replies: 14
Views: 3418

Re: XY Datum Offset

I often wondered what this is for. So correct me if I am wrong. If I am using a 3mm bit and want to set my tool at the x=0,y=0 point (bottom left corner) of my material. I touch the tool on the x0 then on the y0 and set the offset to x=1.5mm,y=1.5mm to get the tool centre smack on the corner. Have ...
by 4DThinker
Sat Jan 02, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Curved Sides flat Bottom large dish
Replies: 6
Views: 405

Re: Curved Sides flat Bottom large dish

Looking at the provided vectors, the Moulding toolpath would be a challenge to use as the length of the inside curve varies around the flat bottom. You could get close using a circular array of vectors and the fluting toolpath. Pocket out the center to the 60mm depth. Set the moulding toolpath to o ...
by 4DThinker
Tue Dec 15, 2020 3:40 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Creating Z axis curves with lines?
Replies: 4
Views: 297

Re: Creating Z axis curves with lines?

Yes, sort of. Both the fluting toolpath and the moulding toolpath can create toolpaths where the Z axis creates 3D surfaces. The examples in your Pinterest link look to be created with other techniques and duplicating them with a mix of fluting and moulding toolpaths would be challenging, tedious, a...
by 4DThinker
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Plunge outside of stock
Replies: 6
Views: 337

Re: Plunge outside of stock

Depends on the toolpath, but for profiles you can set a lead-in. Pockets you can ramp into.
by 4DThinker
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: limitations of moulding paths
Replies: 17
Views: 791

Re: limitations of moulding paths

As I use Aspire, this may not be of any help, but we have an option to make a 3D model from the result of toolpaths. So if the moulding toolpath works to generate a preview that is acceptable, then a 3D model can be created of that preview which then could be cut with the 3D roughing and 3D finishin...
by 4DThinker
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Creation a section view, HOW?
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: Creation a section view, HOW?

You can turn the result of toolpaths into a 3D model. Once your toolpaths is a model, you can draw a line through the middle of it, then SPLIT it open using "Split Selected Component" from the modelling menu. Slide one half of the split model over to see a section view where you drew the split line ...
by 4DThinker
Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Rotary Preview Issue
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Re: Rotary Preview Issue

The confusion lies in how the software deals with rotary jobs. It basically assumes all your toolpaths are on a flat surface, and then wraps that flat surface into a cylinder. To end up with a hexagonal profile you can use the moulding toolpath with a vector created by the Unwraps selected object to...
by 4DThinker
Sat Oct 10, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Spiral ramp out?
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Re: Spiral ramp out?

The fluting toolpath would be your best bet, although you'd have to draw the vector in and vector out that ramp in/out. I've done exactly this on a few occasions when the normal toolpath options weren't enough.
by 4DThinker
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:56 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Rotary modeling and toolpathing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Rotary modeling and toolpathing advice

Glad to help Duster. I actually enjoy the occasional challenges user present on this forum. Keeps my mind awake and humming. Post a photo or two of your outcome as I'm sure many here would live to see it.
4D
by 4DThinker
Fri Oct 09, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Rotary modeling and toolpathing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Rotary modeling and toolpathing advice

As I still have 9.5 on my PC here is a .CRV file you should be able to open. Left in all the steps/vectors I used to get to the final toolpath for your edification.
Turned post 9.5 4D.crv
(564 KiB) Downloaded 30 times
Enjoy!
by 4DThinker
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Odd Oval Shape
Replies: 46
Views: 1754

Re: Odd Oval Shape

To draw the shape I'd just take a grid of measurements off it then use that grid to plot out the shape in VCarve. As the oval looks symmetrical side to side, I'd just take width measurements every 1/2 inch or so up the 6" length. Plot those widths up a 6" centerline in VCarve, then connect the point...
by 4DThinker
Thu Oct 01, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Rotary modeling and toolpathing advice
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Rotary modeling and toolpathing advice

You can do this with the moulding toolpath if you start with a blank longer than you need. I started with a 10 inch circle as a section view of a starting cylinder blank. I drew a square in it to represent the shape I wanted to cut from it. Did a little drafting to figure out the angle of a guide li...
by 4DThinker
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Cargo Box for my new Electric Motorcycle
Replies: 25
Views: 2080

Re: Cargo Box for my new Electric Motorcycle

Looking back I guess if I see tech or tools I can take advantage of I'll jump on it, which often finds me doing some beta testing/problem solving for the manufacturer. I also occasionally end up with nonworking tech that has been abandoned by the manufacturer and is unfixable. I'm thinking of my dea...
by 4DThinker
Fri Sep 18, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Cargo Box for my new Electric Motorcycle
Replies: 25
Views: 2080

Re: Cargo Box for my new Electric Motorcycle

Yep Scott. Seems like more and more the things I get delivered on pallets end up needing a little after-sale "refinement". My table saw had misaligned holes for the fence rails. My Nova Voyager drill press needed a not-yet-available software update to add the promised features I couldn't find on it ...