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by Jim_in_PA
Tue May 26, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Using DRAFT on a negative recess?
Replies: 8
Views: 332

Re: Using DRAFT on a negative recess?

Also consider that a box of "new" nuts that are consistent in size makes your job a lot easier. I can appreciate wanting to use "the collection" because I have one, too. But in the end, for a given project, I'll often spend the small amount of money for new hardware just to make the fabrication easi...
by Jim_in_PA
Mon May 25, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: New Feature Suggestion: Selected Area for Preview Image
Replies: 8
Views: 253

Re: New Feature Suggestion: Selected Area for Preview Image

I use the screen-scrape method for this, too, although I use the MacOS version since I'm running the Vectric software in Windows virtualized and prefer my native utility for the screen capture. While I can write that directly to a JPG, I most often capture to the clipboard and manipulate the view in...
by Jim_in_PA
Sun May 24, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: What do you do while the CNC is running?
Replies: 25
Views: 668

Re: What do you do while the CNC is running?

This is actually a very good question because we all have to be "in da house" while our "computer controlled shop assistants" are busy cutting out nice things. I personally work on other projects, other assemblies for the same project, other guitar builds (I do electrics as a hobby), do shop cleanin...
by Jim_in_PA
Fri May 15, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: longer endmills
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: longer endmills

Amana has a reduced shank .25" long end mill that can easily cut that deep. I own one and do pull it out when I need the smaller diameter, but due to its nature, there's some chatter sometimes if you push too hard and you can't do a finishing pass. I use a long .375" endmill for deeper cuts whenever...
by Jim_in_PA
Tue May 12, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: scaleing a project
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: scaleing a project

I draw a rectangle that represents the measured length and width of the irregular piece that I have photographed from above, import the photo and scale it to fit in the rectangle. That's sufficient for most of what I do.
by Jim_in_PA
Thu May 07, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Finish Carving and offsets
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Re: Finish Carving and offsets

It has to do with the finish of the edge of the carving and minimizing tool marks which can make a visual difference, whether you are using a finishing profile cut to "clean up" the edge or not. I generally use a small negative offset for such a finishing profile cut, too, to get rid of tool marks f...
by Jim_in_PA
Mon May 04, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: small radius on inside corners
Replies: 7
Views: 474

Re: small radius on inside corners

martin54 wrote:
Mon May 04, 2020 4:08 pm
That's why I asked about letter size & viewing distance Jim, if you have 2 foot tall letters 20 feet off the ground even a 6mm radius isn't going to be noticed unless someone gets the Binoculars out :lol: :lol: :lol:
True dat!
by Jim_in_PA
Mon May 04, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: small radius on inside corners
Replies: 7
Views: 474

Re: small radius on inside corners

Cut the profile as you do with a slight allowance and then run the same toolpath without the allowance and a smaller cutter. Since you're removing only a small amount of material with the "tiny" bit, the cut should be nice and it will get the corner sharper than you can with a 3mm tool. I often use ...
by Jim_in_PA
Fri May 01, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Trouble Updating to 10.022
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Trouble Updating to 10.022

No issues updating here including the fact that I was updating under Parallels on MacOS in Coherence mode. (Windows desktop not even visible)
by Jim_in_PA
Sat Apr 18, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Trying some corian
Replies: 12
Views: 541

Re: Trying some corian

Corian is wonderful stuff to work with...and those are very nice pieces of art!
by Jim_in_PA
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Two-sided Mask Finished!
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: Two-sided Mask Finished!

That's a really outstanding effort! Wow. Nice!

And you are very correct...there are always multiple methods to accomplish a task as well as some concepts that are not obvious at first. Bravo!
by Jim_in_PA
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:21 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR

The system that operates the X-3 is a bit bastardized, so not so much help from the postP there. That said, there is good info to learn from the X-3 toolchange macros as they apply tool head offsets and switch on different cutting heads. "Ah!" on the first part and "that's what I was thinking" on t...
by Jim_in_PA
Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 442

Re: "W" AXIS POST PROCESSOR

I was thinking along the same lines as Gary after reading the OP. You may want to examine the Camaster X3 post processor in the Vectric software to see how they did things for their three spindle setup. Reading the file might be helpful and instructive. While I rarely make any changes to my system, ...
by Jim_in_PA
Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Carving a 3D into foam.
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: Carving a 3D into foam.

I haven't done too many foam jobs, but when I did, most places, I didn't need a roughing pass. When I did, I used the same ball mill which didn't require resetting the zero position. This is my method...when I cut HDU, I never use a roughing pass...it's not really necessary unless there's something...
by Jim_in_PA
Sat Mar 07, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: New tool database: Can't set an end mill to zero RPM
Replies: 7
Views: 298

Re: New tool database: Can't set an end mill to zero RPM

You can use a modified post processor that disables turning on the spindle...that's what's often used for drag knives, etc., for the same reason you'd want to use it for a sharpie marker for drawing.