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by 4DThinker
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: V10.5 Chamfer tool - FILLET?
Replies: 1
Views: 129

Re: V10.5 Chamfer tool - FILLET?

I'll second the vote for adding a roundover option of the chamfer tool. As I just upgraded from 9.5 to 10.5 I was momentarily frustrated that I couldn't choose a roundover bit using the chamfer tool.

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by 4DThinker
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Creating a cycloid
Replies: 26
Views: 687

Re: Creating a cycloid

OK, as a cycloid segment is not elliptical, then plotting points as you rotate a circle section along a line the same length as the circumference will likely be the simplest way. All you need is 1/2 of one bump, then mirror it, then join to get one bump you can then copy as many times as you want. C...
by 4DThinker
Fri Jul 03, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Creating a cycloid
Replies: 26
Views: 687

Re: Creating a cycloid

Not hard to to figure out. The height is the diameter of the circle, and the width of each bump is the circumference of the circle. Each bump is half of an ellipse. All the needed tools are in VCarve/Aspire. Once you have one bump drawn use the linear array tool to make a row of them as long as you ...
by 4DThinker
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Something NEW is COMING SOON - Tune in for our big reveal
Replies: 20
Views: 2024

Re: Something NEW is COMING SOON - Tune in for our big reveal

Love all the new features. Another one you folks should work on would be to add a 3D printer slicer. Lately I've been doing several 3D prints using components drawn up in Aspire. Seems like many of the needed features are already in the software.
by 4DThinker
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: 10.5 is COMING SOON - Watch this space
Replies: 88
Views: 5370

Re: 10.5 is COMING SOON - Watch this space

In linuxCNC if my arcs are sort line segments they cut much slower than true G2/G3 arcs or circles do. I has to do with acceleration/deceleration at each node point.

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by 4DThinker
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: tab/slot sizing (knock-down assemblies)
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: tab/slot sizing (knock-down assemblies)

Nothing wrong with TReischl's reply. One thing about BB plywood is that it is never 1/2" thick or 5/8" thick, so having a digital caliper is your best friend. 1/2" bb ply is usually closer to 12mm thick, and 5/8" BB ply is closer to 15mm thick. When I'm making mortises (slots) for tenons (tabs) I ve...
by 4DThinker
Fri Jun 26, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library
Replies: 16
Views: 1349

Re: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library

Thanks Savannahdan. One thing I teach my furniture design students is to consider where their design will live and what will it be used for . In the case of this book stand I knew up front that it would live in that window and always be holding something rare to be seen. To me that meant a minimal d...
by 4DThinker
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: 10.5 is COMING SOON - Watch this space
Replies: 88
Views: 5370

Re: 10.5 is COMING SOON - Watch this space

There ya go! A reason to buy a new specialty bit is a darned good reason to upgrade! Of course this would also come in handy for 3D printing STL exports.
by 4DThinker
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Can I draw a simple baluster type part with vcarve desktop ?
Replies: 17
Views: 919

Re: Can I draw a simple baluster type part with vcarve desktop ?

There is a feature in Aspire that only shows up when you have started a rotary project. Under Transform Objects is "Unwrap selected object". It lets you use a section slice drawing of what you want to turn and the moulding tool path to make tool paths that will produce the extruded shape. It makes a...
by 4DThinker
Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library
Replies: 16
Views: 1349

Re: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library

The width of the stand was give to me, and puzzled me a bit as the room is always referred to as the "Rare Book" room. As far as I know they don't have any books that would need that width when opened up. None the less I made it to their requested dimensions. Those Wright drawings haven't been displ...
by 4DThinker
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library
Replies: 16
Views: 1349

Re: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library

Thanks mtylerfl. I'll admit that designing and making furniture, even such a one-off project, is what keeps me waking up each morning with a smile on my face. I don't really need any more furniture in my house, but with stay-home orders in place since March I've designed and made 2 small tables and ...
by 4DThinker
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: 10.5 is COMING SOON - Watch this space
Replies: 88
Views: 5370

Re: 10.5 is COMING SOON - Watch this space

I didn't upgrade to 10, but if you amaze me with what you add to 10.5 you might be able to crack open my stingy wallet. I'm hoping for something close to automatic spell check, except it would be automatic vector check. I make a mistake, and it offers up a few suggestions that guess what I meant to ...
by 4DThinker
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library
Replies: 16
Views: 1349

Re: Rare Book Display Stand for College Library

Thought I'd add a photo of the book stand in it's intended location. It took awhile to convince the college to pay me for the work, but that has finally been settled and the stand seems happy where it is. On it are some Frank Lloyd Wright drawings. Sadly at the moment no one sees it with the college...
by 4DThinker
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:36 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Sloped Circular, smooth pocket?
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: Sloped Circular, smooth pocket?

I'm still using Aspire 9.519. I don't know how thick you want the platter, but see if this V-Carve file works.
20 inch platter 4D.jpg
by 4DThinker
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Exporting Preview to STL
Replies: 7
Views: 417

Re: Exporting Preview to STL

I found that I needed to add a pocket toolpath to cut away all the surround material before I would get clean .STL files. Just double clicking the surround away in the preview doesn't delete it.