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by Art Mann
Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: How do I cut this right triangle?
Replies: 6
Views: 1784

Re: How do I cut this right triangle?

I would like to add to Russell's post a general comment that not every part that can be cut with a CNC router should be cut with a CNC router. This is quite possibly one of those cases. On the other hand, if the only tool you have is a CNC router then every project you come across looks like a CNC a...
by Art Mann
Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Opinions on this pre built cnc machine please
Replies: 17
Views: 5288

Re: Opinions on this pre built cnc machine please

Those of you who are recommending US made machines should note that the original poster is from the UK. The shipping cost on a Camaster Cobra, Stinger III, Shopbot or any other 4 X 8 foot machine is probably prohibitive in comparison to the purchase of local machines. This is especially true given t...
by Art Mann
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:47 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Do "fixed" errors in geometry stay fixed?
Replies: 8
Views: 1716

Re: Do "fixed" errors in geometry stay fixed?

Excessive tiny straight line vectors that form an arc or circle are also bad because they cause excessive Z axis movement and overall toolpath complexity. This problem can hugely increase spindle motion and cut time. One should always inspect for this problem in node edit mode in graphic files obtai...
by Art Mann
Thu Jun 25, 2015 6:03 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: converting handdrawn images
Replies: 9
Views: 2444

Re: converting handdrawn images

I have to differ a little with Adrian. I have used the Vcarve auto trace feature enough that I am good with it and find it very useful. I have acquired some complex jpg designs that would require many hours to manually trace but I got the job done in less than an hour. You can't stop the function fr...
by Art Mann
Sun Jun 21, 2015 3:08 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: V-Carve Pro vs. V-CARVE 8
Replies: 9
Views: 2238

Re: V-Carve Pro vs. V-CARVE 8

I have used versions 7.0, 7.5, and 8.0. The newest version has some nice enhancements but it is extremely unlikely you would see any difference in cut quality with any of them. In order to get the best possible advice, you should describe the problem in a very detailed way or, better yet, post pictu...
by Art Mann
Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:34 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Mirror image problem
Replies: 4
Views: 1342

Re: Mirror image problem

Can't you just select the mirrored part and then select Outside / Right in the machine vectors box when you are setting up the toolpath?
by Art Mann
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:46 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Last Pass Allowance
Replies: 7
Views: 4478

Re: Last Pass Allowance

I think the answer is to not use this feature as its not really well thought out, i will continue to use the 2 separate cuts a rough cut and a finish cut. The feature works exactly like I want it too. I could already cut a profile using multiple passes and then cut the same profile again removing a...
by Art Mann
Sun Jun 07, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: VCarve Help Needed
Replies: 7
Views: 4595

Re: VCarve Help Needed

I agree with Adrian that what you are seeing is the normal result when using the V-carve toolpath. It sounds like you haven't carved it yet. I suggest you go ahead and carve as designed on scrap and see if the result is really as objectionable as you are thinking. I have done hundreds of v-carves li...
by Art Mann
Thu May 28, 2015 2:45 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Plywood frustration
Replies: 9
Views: 2669

Re: Plywood frustration

Baltic Birch plywood and Birch plywood are entirely different products made in different countries using different species of wood, different adhesives and processes and to different quality standards. The only thing that is similar about these two products is they have the letters B - I - R - C - H...
by Art Mann
Thu May 21, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Vector Clip Art Site
Replies: 5
Views: 2445

Re: Vector Clip Art Site

I have an entire folder in my browser favorites of sources of 2-D and 3-D clipart. That is one way you could keep up with the site.
by Art Mann
Wed May 06, 2015 4:57 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Wood Selection for outside sign
Replies: 9
Views: 1817

Re: Wood Selection for outside sign

I have yet to find a clear varnish-like material that will hold up for more than a year or so of full exposure to the sun and weather. I make camp signs out of Eastern Red Cedar and I would love to find a material that would hold up for years even with temporary use.
by Art Mann
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: 3D Help
Replies: 51
Views: 8695

Re: 3D Help

The real story has yet to be posted on this thread and there is just too much information to adequately describe on a forum. It is much better to watch the very well done video tutorials from the creator of the product than to just go on someone's speculations. Hello Art, There's no speculation on ...
by Art Mann
Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: 3D Help
Replies: 51
Views: 8695

Re: 3D Help

The real story has yet to be posted on this thread and there is just too much information to adequately describe on a forum. It is much better to watch the very well done video tutorials from the creator of the product than to just go on someone's speculations.
by Art Mann
Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Importing JPG
Replies: 4
Views: 1754

Re: Importing JPG

If the original poster uses the 16 color technique I described above, there won't be any segmented lines that need fixing.
by Art Mann
Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:38 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Importing JPG
Replies: 4
Views: 1754

Re: Importing JPG

I just imported the image you posted and converted it to vectors. It worked fine. The first thing I did was auto trace the image as 16 colors. I just kept checking boxes from dark to light and clicking "Preview" until I got the image I was looking for. In my case, I checked all but the two lightest ...