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by GEdward
Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: Question about sanding top immediately after carving?
Replies: 14
Views: 347

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: 209

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: 14
Views: 347

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: 13
Views: 668

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: 10
Views: 469

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
by GEdward
Sat Sep 05, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Sharpening Ball-nose
Replies: 32
Views: 873

Re: Sharpening Ball-nose

1/16 diameter is .0625 and .75mm radius is 1.5mm diameter which is very close to .060 diameter ( 0.059055 to be exact ). The nice part about the variety pack I suggested is that you can experiment, at a reasonable cost, with them and find the best balance between detail and machining time that works...
by GEdward
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Toolpath in a Group loses its Group if you change the tool
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Toolpath in a Group loses its Group if you change the tool

So.. I reckon it's a bug. Or a unwelcome feature. Take your pick I guess. Kinda like a pothole in the road, it would be nice if it were not there. I just never got bothered by it when I realized that is what happens when I recalculate. I just put it back where it belongs. No problem with the all cap...
by GEdward
Fri Sep 04, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Toolpath in a Group loses its Group if you change the tool
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Toolpath in a Group loses its Group if you change the tool

In your pictures notice the arrows at the top right hand side of the image. In the first pic note that both arrows are highlighted meaning that the highlighted tool path can be shifted either up or down the list. In the second pic note that only the up arrow is highlighted because the highlighted to...
by GEdward
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Sharpening Ball-nose
Replies: 32
Views: 873

Re: Sharpening Ball-nose

I have had some experience with a couple of tool and cutter grinders sharpening end mills; one being a manual K O Lee grinder and the other a CNC. The geometry of a tapered ball nose end mill is pretty complex and when you get down that small the set up time alone would make it cost prohibitive IMHO...
by GEdward
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Toolpath in a Group loses its Group if you change the tool
Replies: 11
Views: 314

Re: Toolpath in a Group loses its Group if you change the tool

Not sure if I am understanding your issue correctly but on the top right side of the Toolpaths list are two arrows, up and down, that when you highlight a particular tool path, will move the highlighted tool path up or down in the ranking.

Ed
by GEdward
Fri Aug 21, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Oak for V-carving
Replies: 9
Views: 487

Re: Oak for V-carving

There is a big difference between white oak and red oak. I agree with the other opinions regarding detail on red oak as the grain structure is hollow. White oak on the other hand has the grain structure filled and thus can support finer detail carving. The best way to determine which species you are...
by GEdward
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Losing steps
Replies: 6
Views: 212

Re: Losing steps

It kind of depends on when/why you are loosing steps; assuming you are loosing steps. Most of the time, loosing steps is the result of excessive cutting forces, overly ambitious acceleration values or rapid feed rate set too high. Air cutting might well tell you if either your acceleration and or ra...
by GEdward
Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Weak Stepper Motor
Replies: 4
Views: 657

Re: Weak Stepper Motor

My take is that the there is something binding on the X axis way bearings. The motor is being inhibited and the drive continues to output assuming that the motor is responding. I believe Axiom uses linear ways and it is possible that contamination has gotten past the wipers on the bearing blocks and...
by GEdward
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Clearance toolpath/vcarve fuzzy
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Clearance toolpath/vcarve fuzzy

The kind of wood you are using can make a huge difference as well. Generally, the harder the wood the better the results. Also, if the cuts are not too deep, you might try an engraving bit with a .005 - .010 flat on the tip to help bridge the transition somewhat.

Ed
by GEdward
Sat Jul 25, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Y axis different
Replies: 46
Views: 1347

Re: Y axis different

If that number is inches per second/second it is really steep
Good call. Brain fart on my part. I'm reading acceleration and thinking rapid feed rate. :oops:
Ed