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by 7.62x54r
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: grain orientation
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: grain orientation

Interesting, my ShopBot (48x96) is oriented with X on the long direction and Y in the short direction. Just to keep myself on my toes I always draw the parts with X horizontal and Y vertical but work from the end of the machine with Y running left to right and X toward/away from me. The grain of the...
by 7.62x54r
Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:24 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Final profile pass when cutting profiles
Replies: 3
Views: 1737

Re: Final profile pass when cutting profiles

Thanks for the suggestions. The large circle isn't an issue as I just set the start point on the side that is with the surface veneer grain and let it ramp in. Rather than use the flute toolpath it seems it would be just as easy to set up two toolpaths with an offset. The more I think about it the m...
by 7.62x54r
Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:53 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Final profile pass when cutting profiles
Replies: 3
Views: 1737

Final profile pass when cutting profiles

I was wondering if there was a simple/automatic way to create a final profile pass when cutting profiles similar to the way it's done when cutting pockets. I've attached a file to illustrate what I'm trying to accomplish. The material is 3/4" baltic birch plywood which I'm cutting in one pass with a...
by 7.62x54r
Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:12 am
Forum: Cut3D - General
Topic: Considering Cut3D, question on creating and importing models
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Considering Cut3D, question on creating and importing models

I installed the script and was able to export a .dxf and then import it into the trial version of Cut3D and create a cut file. Now I just have to come off the $299!

Thanks again.
by 7.62x54r
Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:10 am
Forum: Cut3D - General
Topic: Considering Cut3D, question on creating and importing models
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Considering Cut3D, question on creating and importing models

Bret,

Thanks, that looks like it might work.

Regards,
Ted
by 7.62x54r
Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:28 am
Forum: Cut3D - General
Topic: Considering Cut3D, question on creating and importing models
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Considering Cut3D, question on creating and importing models

I used Cut2D for a year or two and upgraded to VCarvePro a little over a year ago and am considering Cut3D. Initially all I want to do is cut some dish shapes (section of a sphere) in some flat boards. I downloaded the trial version and see that it is not a modeling program and any models have to be...
by 7.62x54r
Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: A simple way to make inlays
Replies: 357
Views: 347965

Re: A simple way to make inlays

Paul, thanks for the answer. I've ordered new Freud bits as the only V-grooves I had were second hand of unknown use and initial quality. When you say "cut the pieces twice" I'm guessing you just run the same file over again to clean up any "fuzzies", correct? You're not making a shallow pass and th...
by 7.62x54r
Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:17 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: A simple way to make inlays
Replies: 357
Views: 347965

Re: A simple way to make inlays

I just stumbled across this and am excited about trying it out. I made one simple test of a 1.125" star out of walnut inlaid in baltic birch with a 90 degree bit. It has issues, probably from a clamp time of only 1 hour and possibly incorrect speeds, but I see potential. What I would like to do in t...
by 7.62x54r
Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Surfacing a large slab
Replies: 18
Views: 4263

Re: Surfacing a large slab

Thanks! That's exactly the sort of thing I was looking for.
by 7.62x54r
Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Surfacing a large slab
Replies: 18
Views: 4263

Re: Surfacing a large slab

Thanks for the answers everyone. Dan, I have a shopbot and the software does have a wizard for surfacing the table that might work. I thought VCarve might have something similar so I could stay in the program I'm more comfortable with. Adrian, just setting up the file I guess. I typically do all my ...
by 7.62x54r
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Surfacing a large slab
Replies: 18
Views: 4263

Surfacing a large slab

I only have a 6" jointer and would like to flatten some 8" to 12" wide slabs. I know I can create a pocket toolpath larger than the slab to do this, but is there a more elegant way with VCarve Pro? Anything automated in the software? TIA
by 7.62x54r
Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:24 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Ball nose vs. round nose
Replies: 8
Views: 4031

Re: Ball nose vs. round nose

I'm very impressed with Freud as a brand. I have their full catalog and if anybody has a part number I'll look it up and see if it's rated for CNC by them. It's probably on their website also, but it's real clear in the paper catalog.
by 7.62x54r
Thu Nov 11, 2010 2:53 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Ball nose vs. round nose
Replies: 8
Views: 4031

Re: Ball nose vs. round nose

Although still somewhat new to CNC myself, I would not use the bits sold in the home centers. They are likely designed for handheld routers only. I know, a CNC is often just a way of moving around a handheld router, but there is a lot more force involved than pushing it yourself and it doesn't respo...
by 7.62x54r
Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:27 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Ball nose vs. round nose
Replies: 8
Views: 4031

Re: Ball nose vs. round nose

Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. I am cutting wood, is there anything else? :wink: For my production cutting I'm using a 1/4" single flute compression bit at 105 ipm and cutting 3/4" soft plywood in a single pass turning 13,000 rpm. It seems to be working for me and avoiding 2 passes. The ShopBot ...
by 7.62x54r
Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Ball nose vs. round nose
Replies: 8
Views: 4031

Ball nose vs. round nose

I'm fairly new to CNC and just getting started in carving vs. 2D production cutting. I've been looking at ball cutter bits online and one supplier that comes highly recommended doesn't seem to have ball cutters. I e-mailed them and they pointed me towards round nose core box bits. I do have a woodwo...