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by 4DThinker
Fri Jul 23, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Aspire V11 is OUT NOW!
Replies: 29
Views: 2034

Re: Aspire V11 is OUT NOW!

Curious if the rest machining for pockets is better at skipping previously cut areas if only using one bit? I'm often cutting tenons with the pocket toolpath and the tenon outline inside a perimeter outline. I often watch the bit move to somewhere that it previously cut and waste time cutting some ...
by 4DThinker
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Vectric V11 Wish list
Replies: 12
Views: 765

Re: Vectric V11 Wish list

I'll +3 both ideas. May take me awhile to trust such features though as they'd have to rely on me telling the software where clamps are and all about my router/collet/bit length etc..
by 4DThinker
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Circles with slightly tapered sides/edges
Replies: 8
Views: 278

Re: Circles with slightly tapered sides/edges

I'll second the suggestion for getting a 3 degree tapered end mill. Takes just a little though to have it cut right where you want it, but is the quickest way compared to fluting or moulding or 3D modelling solutions in my experience.
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by 4DThinker
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: aspire 11.00 shows up as an ugrade to 10.5
Replies: 5
Views: 392

Re: aspire 11.00 shows up as an ugrade to 10.5

I see "version 11.003 available" in both my person 10.5 version as well as the university install I use. I was hoping it was a free upgrade but alas my upgrade to 10.5 didn't fall within the required time window. It looks just like the messages I see when any previous upgrade is available. Not compl...
by 4DThinker
Thu Jul 22, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Aspire V11 is OUT NOW!
Replies: 29
Views: 2034

Re: Aspire V11 is OUT NOW!

Curious if the rest machining for pockets is better at skipping previously cut areas if only using one bit? I'm often cutting tenons with the pocket toolpath and the tenon outline inside a perimeter outline. I often watch the bit move to somewhere that it previously cut and waste time cutting some a...
by 4DThinker
Tue Jul 06, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: How do you create a pocket with angled sides
Replies: 13
Views: 641

Re: How do you create a pocket with angled sides

If the bit you used has a pointed tip, then a single vector from the top of the sharp corner to over the bottom of the taper and the fluting toolpath will sharpen the corner. Essentially the same as using the vCarve toolpath. Tip of the bit sliding from the outside corner down to the sharp inside bo...
by 4DThinker
Sun Jul 04, 2021 2:21 am
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Is there a way to mimic the rounding toolpath rotary gadget with tapers?
Replies: 19
Views: 1244

Re: Is there a way to mimic the rounding toolpath rotary gadget with tapers?

Although I've used the fluting toolpath several times to make tapered legs, the moulding toolpath and two vectors could also be used. Use a 1/2 inch spiral ball end bit and your table sawn tapered blank and don't worry about rounding it first.
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by 4DThinker
Tue Jun 29, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: New user and Moulding Toolpath
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: New user and Moulding Toolpath

You can break up the moulding profile into sections, then use the V Bit with the profile toolpath to cut the 45 degree section. When I've got a moulding toolpath that has sharp corners I generally leave those to an endmill or v-bit with a profile toolpath and let a ball nose bit do all the curvy sec...
by 4DThinker
Sun May 30, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Z travel increasing as the cut proceeds.
Replies: 25
Views: 3039

Re: Z travel increasing as the cut proceeds.

I also am glad you found the problem. By your description a loose/slipping Z coupler had to be the culprit if the depth change was consistent between depth passes.
by 4DThinker
Thu May 13, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: An Alternative Bed for my Probotix CNC
Replies: 2
Views: 981

Re: An Alternative Bed for my Probotix CNC

Thought I'd post a photo of the updated design. CNC Bridge 1small.jpg Bridges with cam levers.jpg Cam levers make moving the bridges and locking them in place far simpler than fetching a screwdriver to loosen the screws initially used. More peg holes for pins to align project boards to. BTW I used t...
by 4DThinker
Mon Apr 26, 2021 3:08 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: An Alternative Bed for my Probotix CNC
Replies: 2
Views: 981

An Alternative Bed for my Probotix CNC

I previously made a couple of frame bridges to support an assembled student project for some CNC joinery cuts. Lately I've been using these bridges more often to support flat work. They have proven their worth in every case and these are the advantages they offer: Frame Bridges.jpg 1. They are stiff...
by 4DThinker
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Wrapped Rotary Machining
Topic: cutting 4 flat surfaces
Replies: 5
Views: 1780

Re: cutting 4 flat surfaces

I if your control software has a place to enter G-code commands, then 3 simple typed in commands will do the rotation for you: G0A90 G0A180 G0A270 I use LinuxCNC and have done this many times, but usually just to cut mortises on table legs after having done the rest of the leg as a typical rotary jo...
by 4DThinker
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:27 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Cutting pre-shaped material
Replies: 16
Views: 1759

Re: Cutting pre-shaped material

When I've done a successful test cut, there is an option to save the toolpath preview as a 3D model. When doing the final piece in good wood, and removing most of the waste areas ahead of time, I start a new job. Import the 3D model, then create a 3D finish toolpath of it. If the shape is not too co...
by 4DThinker
Tue Feb 09, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Adaptive Clearing strategy in Aspire 11?
Replies: 26
Views: 2922

Re: Adaptive Clearing strategy in Aspire 11?

I'll add another +1 to this thread. I enjoy adaptive clearing so much I frequently hard code it when the opportunity looks worth it. I also frequently am cutting tenons on the end of stretchers and it is far more efficient to step in from the sides using the entire bit than step down using just the ...
by 4DThinker
Tue Jan 26, 2021 5:25 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Circular cut has me stumped
Replies: 16
Views: 781

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.