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by FixitMike
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:07 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: V-carve calculates Pocket toolpath
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: V-carve calculates Pocket toolpath

Use the profile toolpath (Maybe .06 deep.) to cut on the line with a VBit. Or offset the border vector a small amount and select both vectors with the text in the VCarve toolpath.

You can get a good explanation of how the VCarve toolpath works in the Help-Help Contents.
by FixitMike
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: V-carve calculates Pocket toolpath
Replies: 6
Views: 129

Re: V-carve calculates Pocket toolpath

The toolpath in the file you uploaded carves just the letters like you want. But you also have a border vector, and if you selected that as well as the text for a VCarve toolpath, it would give the result you posted about (As Adrian suggested.).
by FixitMike
Thu Jan 07, 2021 7:24 pm
Forum: VCarve - Gallery
Topic: Cherry wood clock
Replies: 4
Views: 273

Re: Cherry wood clock

Painting carved letters can be simplified by first adding a coat of sealer or varnish. This reduces bleeding and also makes it easier to remove any excess paint by either wiping or sanding it off.
by FixitMike
Fri Jan 01, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Reconstruct V-Carve File from the Gcode?
Replies: 4
Views: 183

Re: Reconstruct V-Carve File from the Gcode?

This may be obvious, but did you use the file search function on all of your computer? Or look in the trash folder?
by FixitMike
Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:54 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Whiteside sufacing bit plunging too deep.
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: Whiteside sufacing bit plunging too deep.

I don't see any problem, as long as you are setting Z0 at the material surface and not to the table.
The Z2 value should be less than Z1, otherwise it doesn't make sense.
by FixitMike
Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Feeds and Speeds
Replies: 13
Views: 487

Re: Feeds and Speeds

A higher feed rate or slower router speed will give you a thicker chip. A thicker chip can carry away more heat from the cut which means the bit will stay cooler. If the chip is too thin, the bit is burnishing rather than cutting. You want to cut chips rather than dust. Which is why many replace the...
by FixitMike
Tue Dec 29, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Trouble closing vectors
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Trouble closing vectors

Help-Help Contents will almost always provide the answer when you need information about how a tool behaves. Joining consists of connecting 2 vector ends together. If they are the two ends of a single vector, the result is a closed vectors. Closing vectors turns 1 or more vectors into a closed vecto...
by FixitMike
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Shelf pin holes along a curved path?
Replies: 8
Views: 387

Re: Shelf pin holes along a curved path?

This may simplify it a little.
Array horizontal lines that go from the center of the circles and cross the arc. Trim them to the arc. Copy all of the circles. With Geometric Snapping turned on (F4), move the copy of each circle to the other end of the line.
by FixitMike
Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Can the distortion tool be used on a bit map?
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Re: Can the distortion tool be used on a bit map?

For those that want a no-cost alternative, there is GIMP. It's a free, open source picture editor. It has a transformation function that will correct perspective distortion (tilted photo). https://www.lifewire.com/correcting-perspective-distortion-with-gimp-1701638 It works! Now I know what to try ...
by FixitMike
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Can the distortion tool be used on a bit map?
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Can the distortion tool be used on a bit map?

I have a jpg picture of a rectangular object, the subject wasn't square to the camera. There is a rectangular object in the picture for reference. Is there some way to use the distortion tool on the bit map to make the object truly rectangular for tracing? I did this once by first tracing the bit ma...
by FixitMike
Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: 2D and toolpath preview issue
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: 2D and toolpath preview issue

Is there a way to tell what layer a vector is on? For example if all layers are visible, and one vector would be selected, is there a way to identify the layer it's on? Select the vector, then the layer name along with the vector's dimensions will be displayed below the 2D View window. What I do to...
by FixitMike
Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Converting JPG to CRV
Replies: 5
Views: 317

Re: Converting JPG to CRV

Not that difficult to trace. One method is to use the line tool, then use node editing to smooth spans and pull the vectors right onto the outline.
Here's some good instructions by Mark Lindsay:
by FixitMike
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:16 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Option for warning for vectors without associated toolpaths
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Option for warning for vectors without associated toolpaths

Well, you could double click on the toolpath name and then look at the 2D view. All of the vectors selected for the toolpath will be highlighted. Move them to another layer (control z will move them back) and see what is left. Another option is be sure the toolpath 2D visibility is toggled on (Icon ...
by FixitMike
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: v bit physics
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: v bit physics

After carving and before you apply paint or stain, apply shellac or other sealer. Then the excess won't soak in and will be much easier to sand off. This also reduces bleeding. If the material has a large open grain, it would be a good idea to use a filler and sand smooth before carving. The uncarve...
by FixitMike
Sun Dec 13, 2020 6:48 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: v bit physics
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: v bit physics

It is trigonometry:
cut width = 2 x depth x tan (half angle)
for .125 depth, 60 degree bit, = 2 x .125 x (tan 30 ) = 2 x .125 x .5773 = .1443.