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by ChrisInEstes
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Wood for boat sign recommendations
Replies: 19
Views: 1744

Re: Wood for boat sign recommendations

I'll throw this into the mix for something to think about. Boats get dinged up. Especially a tug boat. If I had to choose between white oak and HDU, I'd go with the white oak because it's a much stronger material. Even 30# HDU won't resist dents and dings very well.

Chris
by ChrisInEstes
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: New Drag Knife
Replies: 56
Views: 19428

Re: New Drag Knife

Good to know!

Chris
by ChrisInEstes
Wed Feb 19, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Welcome to the new and improved Vectric Forum!
Replies: 103
Views: 10569

Re: Welcome to the new and improved Vectric Forum!

Add me to the "too bright & hard to read" group. Other than that, the other changes seem to be good.

Chris
by ChrisInEstes
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Microsoft ends support for Windows 7
Replies: 18
Views: 1786

Re: Microsoft ends support for Windows 7

I have all of my computers that go online updated to Windows 10. 5 of the 6 were updated for free. The 6th, which I just did a couple weeks ago, wasn't eligible for the free update, so I went-a-Googlin', and found a legit online Windows 10 key seller. I paid around $40, and Microsoft verified the ke...
by ChrisInEstes
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Toolpaths are duplicating work?
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Toolpaths are duplicating work?

I'll take a stab at it. Use an inside profile path for the 1/16" tool instead of a pocket path.


Chris
by ChrisInEstes
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Raised letters for outdoor sign
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Re: Raised letters for outdoor sign

These days, I use Kilz Premium waterborne primer. I usually go over that with high end "latex" house paint. If I need to fill a hole, I use whatever outdoor rated filler I have at the time. I don't offer a glass smooth finish on HDU, so the Kilz Premium & house paint work great for me. Technically, ...
by ChrisInEstes
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Raised letters for outdoor sign
Replies: 4
Views: 941

Re: Raised letters for outdoor sign

Sounds like a perfect job for HDU. It's easy to paint, it holds paint well, it doesn't expand & contract too much with temperature changes, it'll hold up to sun and weather after the customer does a bad job of painting the first time, then never paints them again. In my 25 years of sign making, I've...
by ChrisInEstes
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn
Replies: 40
Views: 9785

Re: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn

On the other hand... My current control system works, so maybe my speedy gantry build should be bumped up to the first project. Here's a few Estes Park tips. Stay out of Elk charging range. There's a couple times per year that they're grumpy, and will attack. You can Google for the most recent event...
by ChrisInEstes
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn
Replies: 40
Views: 9785

Re: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn

Thanks for the update. I'm glad you're making chips! The winCNC stuff looks good, too. There are so many choices that I'm basically lost. I want to update my control system, and also have a new lightweight & fast gantry on my mind. I think the controls update should be first. When did you stay in Es...
by ChrisInEstes
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:27 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn
Replies: 40
Views: 9785

Re: WinCNC, UCCNC or Centroid Acorn

Hey Ed, how'd did your upgrade project run out? What system di you end up with?

I'm starting work on upgrading my controls, too.

Chris
by ChrisInEstes
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: Control Software related questions
Topic: Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?

After some reading, I know even less than when I started! Looks like the Acorn will control 4 axes, so if I build a new gantry, with 2 motors, so it'll home and square itself, then I don't have an output for a rotary indexer, and I'd have to unplug and replug a cable. That's going to be annoying... ...
by ChrisInEstes
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: Control Software related questions
Topic: Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?

ger21 wrote:A LOT of longtime Mach3 users have been switching to UCCNC. Very similar to Mach3, so super easy to learn. Very inexpensive as well.
Thanks, Ger... I'll check it out.

Chris
by ChrisInEstes
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:33 am
Forum: Control Software related questions
Topic: Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Re: Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?

Great getting to meet you Chris. I'm in the "early" stages of replacing my Mach3 and control system with Centroid Acorn and a G540. Just started today after getting home from the Vectric Conference. Good to meet you, too. I posted over at the Centroid forum, too. It looks like good help is availabl...
by ChrisInEstes
Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: What kind of fiend would give someone an undrinkable beer!
Replies: 6
Views: 1296

Re: What kind of fiend would give someone an undrinkable bee

That's really good work for a mostly 2D guy! :D

Chris
by ChrisInEstes
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Control Software related questions
Topic: Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?
Replies: 7
Views: 1474

Time to upgrade from Mach 3. What are my options?

I'm running Mach 3 on an old XP machine. My control box has a Gecko G540 and a Warp 9 USB smoothstepper board. My goal is a more modern control system. I know of Mach 4 and the Centroid Acorn stuff. What else is out there that'll work on a Windows 10 machine and still use my Gecko G540. I also want ...