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by dealguy11
Wed Jan 13, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Help with model finishing pass
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: Help with model finishing pass

If you export your current components as stl files, then import them, you can rotate them during the import process.
by dealguy11
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Eliminate thumb drive?
Replies: 10
Views: 514

Re: Eliminate thumb drive?

I have a little different setup since I didn't want my CNC controller to talk to the internet. It is set up to only talk to the internal Wifi in my shop. I have a little 1tb western digital disk drive that attaches to the wifi router. I save files to that disk drive, and they can then be used by the...
by dealguy11
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: need to cut copied 3d stl's separately
Replies: 12
Views: 405

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

It converts the .stl file into a Vectric component, which can be manipulated like any other Vectric component. It is no longer an stl file. However, VCarve does keep track of how many stl files it has imported and limits you to one. So, import once, then copy and modify (to the extent VCarve allows ...
by dealguy11
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:45 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Curved Sides flat Bottom large dish
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Curved Sides flat Bottom large dish

You can model this with a 2-rail sweep. I've attached a file with the vectors but not the components as it gets very large with the required resolution. 1. When you set up the job, hold the "shift" key when clicking on "New". This will give you the option of creating the file with "Maximum" resoluti...
by dealguy11
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:16 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Feeds and Speeds
Replies: 13
Views: 487

Re: Feeds and Speeds

It is trial and error to an extent. My mentor way back when told me to push my machine until I break a bit or see problems in the cut, then back off a little and use those settings going forward. As a result I push many of my bits at higher speeds and feeds than the feedrate charts tell me to use, b...
by dealguy11
Wed Dec 30, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Whiteside sufacing bit plunging too deep.
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: Whiteside sufacing bit plunging too deep.

Burn marks could be either or both of the reasons you mentioned. If your machine can push the bit at a faster feed rate, then do. You're only taking off .01", so very little material, which could also be contributing to the heat since there are only tiny chips to carry the heat away from the bit.
by dealguy11
Wed Dec 30, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: error code on dfx batch processor
Replies: 5
Views: 129

Re: error code on dfx batch processor

Usually this message means there is one or more parts that are too large to nest based on the parameters you have set up. That would include size of the sheet, tool diameter, border gap, and whether you are allowing the part to be rotated and the allowable rotation step angle. For example, if you ha...
by dealguy11
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:55 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Whiteside sufacing bit plunging too deep.
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: Whiteside sufacing bit plunging too deep.

Mike beat me to it. You have z0 set to the surface of the material in VCarve. Are you sure that's where it's set in Carbon?
by dealguy11
Wed Dec 30, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Feeds and Speeds
Replies: 13
Views: 487

Re: Feeds and Speeds

When the bit is loud it is usually an indication the spindle speed is too high relative to the feed rate. At the slow speeds you are cutting I would expect the bit to be loud given the high RPMs (21k RPMs is way faster than I ever run any bit on my machine, and I run my 1/4" bit at multiples of 40 i...
by dealguy11
Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Laptop choices
Replies: 12
Views: 614

Re: Laptop choices

What John said. The only thing you can do is get the fastest laptop you can, with the fastest disk you can. I buy gaming laptops with solid state drives to speed things as much as possible. I do get a decent graphics card, but only because I have other software that can make use of it. As far as the...
by dealguy11
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Roughing pass taking extremely long time
Replies: 26
Views: 1315

Re: Roughing pass taking extremely long time

I'm using the wrong terminology and probably confusing things. I mean a 3d finishing toolpath.

Please see the attached example. I used 2 profile paths to provide relief before doing the "roughing" 3d finishing tooplath.
by dealguy11
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Roughing pass taking extremely long time
Replies: 26
Views: 1315

Re: Roughing pass taking extremely long time

No, I mean a carving toolpath with a large ballnose, followed by the regular carving toolpath with your small ballnose. A large ballnose bit, with a large stepover, cutting on a slightly larger copy of your component, will essentially accomplish the same thing as a roughing toolpath, and because you...
by dealguy11
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Roughing pass taking extremely long time
Replies: 26
Views: 1315

Re: Roughing pass taking extremely long time

Here's a thought for how to hog out the material faster. A carving toolpath can serve as a roughing pass. It takes more effort to set up than just making a roughing pass, but might achieve your objective. 1. carefully create a couple of profile or pocket paths with a larger end mill in the direction...
by dealguy11
Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: .PP files
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: .PP files

Do they really want the .pp files? That's the post-processor. If they want the g-code files, that's different. In the GRBL post-processor, it specifies that those files have an extension of .gcode
by dealguy11
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Rough edges on 3D dish shape
Replies: 10
Views: 318

Re: Rough edges on 3D dish shape

This is how I understand use of the zero plane. The point of the zero plane in this situation is to provide a reference for VCarve as to how to handle the edge of the component. Components are essentially "pixel" based - they consist of a bunch of points, each of which has a height from 0 associated...