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by ElevationCreations
Sat Sep 19, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: Laser Module - General
Topic: Shapeoko with OPT Laser
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Shapeoko with OPT Laser

So the different work co-ordinate systems are stored in the software, and i can switch between them using MDI or macros? Thanks for the tip. Sounds sensible... It uses two different coordinate systems, machine coordinates ( in reference to machine home ) and work offset coordinates - stored in the ...
by ElevationCreations
Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Laser Module - General
Topic: Shapeoko with OPT Laser
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Shapeoko with OPT Laser

Why not use a different WCS for the spindle and one for the laser? If you know the offset of the laser from the spindle, this should be relatively easy to adjust with the homing sequence. If you home the machine and have fences to orient your work, you could effectively use G55 for your spindle TP a...
by ElevationCreations
Wed Sep 09, 2020 2:19 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Sharpening Ball-nose
Replies: 32
Views: 894

Re: Sharpening Ball-nose

I have a lot of Whiteside cutters which I bought here in the UK from Router Cutters UK, I have sent them an email to see if they offer a sharpening service, I think posting to the US and back again plus sharpening cost would be more than a new one IIRC they quoted me $6 USD per bit for resharpening...
by ElevationCreations
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Sharpening Ball-nose
Replies: 32
Views: 894

Re: Sharpening Ball-nose

Hi, does anyone know if I can get tapered ballnose cutters sharpened in the UK, I have some Whiteside and Yonico 1/16 inch cutters that need the tip sharpening, the Whiteside bits are over £50 each so not cheap to keep replacing Whiteside in the US will resharpen the tapered ball nose cutters. I am...
by ElevationCreations
Thu Jun 04, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Contemplating buying a Shapoko, but their speed/feed defaults make no sense.
Replies: 37
Views: 1706

Re: Contemplating buying a Shapoko, but their speed/feed defaults make no sense.

Anyone ever put a Porter Cable 690 on a Shapeko? I wouldn't consider putting one on without the HDZ upgrade, which should be able to handle the weight of the 690. The HDZ will handle a 2.2 kW spindle without any issues. The 690 does not have speed control, so you would need to add a Super PID. The ...
by ElevationCreations
Tue Jun 02, 2020 3:30 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Contemplating buying a Shapoko, but their speed/feed defaults make no sense.
Replies: 37
Views: 1706

Re: Contemplating buying a Shapoko, but their speed/feed defaults make no sense.

Most of my experience is on larger, more powerful machines like ShopBot, Gerber, etc. Looking to get a small machine for home. Shapeoko is towards the top of my list. However, I can't seem to find any data as to how fast I can reasonably cut. Two questions- What do you want to make with it ? Will y...
by ElevationCreations
Wed Jan 08, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Laptop Recommendations
Replies: 8
Views: 1150

Re: Laptop Recommendations

Minimum specs I would consider are Intel i7 8th generation or newer,(a 10th generation i5 processor may perform as well as an i7 8th generation) 16GB Ram, 512GB SSD, 4GB Video Card. Buy as much as you can afford and are comfortable with spending, I view laptops as a 3-4 year lifespan. CD-ROMs aren't...
by ElevationCreations
Sun Dec 22, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Gadgets - General
Topic: Gadget Bootcamp
Replies: 38
Views: 5727

Re: Gadget Bootcamp

Jim, Thanks for taking the time and putting these videos together. This is one of those things on my bucket list to get to so I could understand how to do it. The only comment that I have is if you could show an overview and purpose of the gadget during the video introduction prior to getting into t...
by ElevationCreations
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: V Carve Inlay issue
Replies: 18
Views: 2376

Re: V Carve Inlay issue

The opposing angles will mate without gap, however if you set up the tool for 60 degrees, and the actual angle is 59.4 degrees, you will have a gap and/and misfit between the male and female. If you adjust your tool settings to the measured 59.4 degrees, the SW will create toolpaths for the variance...
by ElevationCreations
Sat Dec 07, 2019 8:18 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: V Carve Inlay issue
Replies: 18
Views: 2376

Re: V Carve Inlay issue

It will take some time to understand the limits of your machine and how to work around them. We have been running Shapeoko 3's since they were introduced and have 3, two with the HDZ upgrade. Our our first machine serial number was 0063. Regarding the V-Bit Angles, each manufacturer can have varianc...
by ElevationCreations
Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: V Carve Inlay issue
Replies: 18
Views: 2376

Re: V Carve Inlay issue

We have had issues with the angle on the Whiteside bits, some are right on 60 degrees, others are plus or minus. Judging from the photos and my experience it looks like the angle is off. Keep in mind if you have your start depth at .2" and flat depth at +.1, your total DOC on the tool path is .3", w...
by ElevationCreations
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: V Carve Inlay issue
Replies: 18
Views: 2376

Re: V Carve Inlay issue

As others have stated, check the angle of your V-bit. Also check your machine to ensure proper belt tension, the pulleys are tight on the stepper motors, machine squareness, bed flatness. Other things to check and experiment - Your Z height & where you are touching off, feed rate on V-carve, and plu...
by ElevationCreations
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: How to fabricate MDF, sheetmetal,hardwood veneer sandwich?
Replies: 17
Views: 1744

Re: How to fabricate MDF, sheetmetal,hardwood veneer sandwic

How much weight is going to be held by the magnets or will it just be used to hold location markers? You will probably need more than single ply veneer on top of the metal. Keep in mind that you will have 3 different materials with three different rates of expansion/contraction - extreme heat and co...
by ElevationCreations
Wed Oct 16, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: VCarve - Gallery
Topic: These stools rock!
Replies: 3
Views: 1157

Re: These stools rock!

Thanks Bill! I noticed the stools at the SB booth but didn't take the time to look at them closely. I was more interested in the Desktop Max.

Do these break down when transporting to shows or are they glued/screwed together?

Thanks again!
by ElevationCreations
Tue Oct 15, 2019 3:25 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Red Oak and Walnut Zank V-Inlay
Replies: 22
Views: 3813

Re: Red Oak and Walnut Zank V-Inlay

The letter press type clamp can exert alot of force, but are becoming more difficult to find. We use the deep throat Harbor Freight C clamps with 1/2" HDPE blocks waxed and hardwood backing blocks between the piece and clamp, any dried excess glue pops right off the HDPE. We want to try to make Cam ...