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by GEdward
Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:22 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Getting a smooth pocket in HDU
Replies: 11
Views: 475

Re: Getting a smooth pocket in HDU

I'm not convinced that the problem lies entirely with the hold down method. Two inch thick HDU is not exactly flimsy and the flaws are remarkably consistent. If flexing is the culprit, then the closer to the hold down screws the cutter gets, less flex should be exhibited. I am kind of wondering how ...
by GEdward
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: need to cut copied 3d stl's separately
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Re: need to cut copied 3d stl's separately

I don't know how VCarve perceives the model. I assume it is still an stl. but once it is imported it is still considered one model? I have not explored all the ways the installed clip art models can be manipulated. But from what I have experienced, it seems to be the case that imported stl.s enjoy t...
by GEdward
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:03 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: need to cut copied 3d stl's separately
Replies: 12
Views: 378

Re: need to cut copied 3d stl's separately

I discovered that I could do that some time ago so I just had to play with it a bit. I found out that you can manipulate one version of the imported model independent of the other as well. One option I found useful for a project was the ability to mirror one of the models to give me two, dragons in ...
by GEdward
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: USB Mach3 Stepper Motor Motion Control Card
Replies: 3
Views: 194

Re: USB Mach3 Stepper Motor Motion Control Card

I currently use a USB breakout board on a 3 axis set up and I am not all that happy with it. While the UC100 does a good job of buffering the data stream, it has on occasion failed to keep up. I can only conclude that with a 4th and or 5th axis adding demand that performance issues will only get wor...
by GEdward
Wed Dec 02, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: saving toolpath
Replies: 6
Views: 312

Re: saving toolpath

I believe that the order is determined by the relative position the tool path appears in the tool path list. In order to change the running order when saving, simply left click the tool path you want to run first and drag and drop it above the tool path you want to run next.

Ed
by GEdward
Sun Nov 29, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: limitations of moulding paths
Replies: 17
Views: 747

Re: limitations of moulding paths

Unless I am misunderstanding the issue, my take on a solution would be to have a machining limit boundary option like the 3D machining options have? Maybe something that can be added by team Vectric in the future if there is enough interest.

Ed
by GEdward
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:21 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: working with brass
Replies: 6
Views: 740

Re: working with brass

I agree that machining brass is much easier than machining aluminum. Both metals need to have very sharp cutters for the best results. I have found that bright finished HSS with a high inclusion angle works best for both. While you can do a descent job on brass with coated bits, coated cutters do no...
by GEdward
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Security camera
Replies: 17
Views: 993

Re: Security camera

In light of all the anecdotal evidence I guess if I wanted to have some degree of freedom to roam, I would devise some sort of remote E-Stop. Radio frequency remote switches are fairly common and wouldn't be very hard to wire in series on the E-Stop circuit. I recently bought a 3 pack of remote cont...
by GEdward
Thu Oct 22, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: old axyz micro-inverter
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: old axyz micro-inverter

Here is a link to the manual which has a trouble shooting guide and list of fault codes for your inverter. https://www.mikrocontroller.net/attachment/223502/vacon-x2c-series-user-s-manual.pdf If your drive needs repair it looks to be kind of expensive IMHO. Depending on whether you are using single ...
by GEdward
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Single or double clamp for cnc spindle?
Replies: 5
Views: 592

Re: Single or double clamp for cnc spindle?

Using only one clamp will definitely affect stability. It will also put significantly more stress on your router's housing. You might get by with it if you are using small tooling with light cuts on softer materials but if it fails it will likely be catastrophic. There are three solutions in my humb...
by GEdward
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: Question about sanding top immediately after carving?
Replies: 24
Views: 1449

Re: Question about sanding top immediately after carving?

Hi Kristen, I agree with Mike on this one. If you are looking for a more photo realistic appearance then you would need to reduce your cutting depth and decreasing your line spacing. Also, I find that using 60° or less V bits work better in general for getting the most detail. Increasing the cutting...
by GEdward
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: How can you speed up the up-and down motion of a carve line?
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: How can you speed up the up-and down motion of a carve line?

Another thing you can do to speed things up a little is to set the "rapid clearance gap" in the cutting parameters to just barely above the surface. I generally set it to 0.010. That way Z doesn't waste much time at the end of each line.

Ed
by GEdward
Mon Sep 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: Question about sanding top immediately after carving?
Replies: 24
Views: 1449

Re: Question about sanding top immediately after carving?

There are so many variables in the entire process that make it impossible to make any one technique the perfect solution. The first thing is to make sure your tools are sharp. With that said, for softer and medium density wood I generally apply shellac, usually diluted with alcohol to help it penetr...
by GEdward
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 23
Views: 1977

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

Here is another option. It is a little less expensive and the ability to " quick change " bits is pretty handy. Another nice feature is the ability to use it with the spindle on or off depending on the what bit you have in the holder.
http://cnc-aid.com/

Ed
by GEdward
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:20 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: LArge crucifix
Replies: 13
Views: 1035

Re: LArge crucifix

Not trying to be picky but if the cross were constructed from two pieces of wood as I'd expect, then the horizontal piece would have a grain texture running 90° to the vertical piece. I would look for a texture that appears more like rough hew wood as opposed to bark.

Just my two cents worth.

Ed