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by Peter Stenabaugh
Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: vector start points
Replies: 18
Views: 7611

Re: vector start points

Hi Grummy, thanks for the post. it does seem as though we are both on the same page here. I am impressed that you take the time to do what you can to upgrade and enhance your own software, that is a great trait to have in a developer. I dont now if vectric will ever fix the software. I am not going ...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Issue with joining vectors
Replies: 10
Views: 3007

Re: Issue with joining vectors

Carveone - actually in Solidworks there are 10 individual lines - not including the centre line. I have tried the ungrouping and that doesnt help either, so you can see where Aspire automatically joins the vectors for you. it isnt a big deal, just a pain to have to undo them - especially now that I ...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: vector start points
Replies: 18
Views: 7611

Re: vector start points

I have been through this with vectric before and they suggested that I use the node editing feature, but it doesnt work. I think it is supposed to, but every time I have tried it, including today, by moving the start point, it has no effect on the start point of the pocketing routine. I have asked t...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Fri Jul 25, 2014 2:14 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Issue with joining vectors
Replies: 10
Views: 3007

Re: ISSUE WITH JOINING VECTORS

Thanks for the replies guys. Mike: thanks for the information, I hadn't noticed that command, that will certainly solve the issue for me. I am currently generating the dxf files with Solidworks -but unlike Autocad it doesn't have an explode feature - no need I guess. I have also been using Draftsigh...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:10 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: vector start points
Replies: 18
Views: 7611

vector start points

When I am doing certain pocketing operations I need to be able to specify a particular start point for the machining process. Aspire picks a start point based on the angle that is set but that rarely works for what I need to do. We need to able to pick an absolute start point for all or any operatio...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:40 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Issue with joining vectors
Replies: 10
Views: 3007

Issue with joining vectors

When I bring a dxf file into aspire, some of the vectors are automatically joined together. This is a pain in the butt. I specifically will set up my dxf so that I can later on join specific vectors to create closed or open loops. Aspire seems to think that I want to join them all so it does. There ...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Wed Jan 09, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Wrapped Rotary Machining
Topic: cheap indexer
Replies: 96
Views: 42435

Re: cheap indexer

Your gecko driver will divide your steps by a factor of ten, therefore changing the steps per rev to 2000. if you have a 10:1 gearbox attached to that, then you get another factor of 10, thereby giving you a total of 20,000 steps per rev of the motor. You now have to factor in the pitch of the leads...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:10 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Post Processor for the General I-Carver cnc routers
Replies: 5
Views: 2219

Re: Post Processor for the General I-Carver cnc routers

ok, very cool. Thank you for the info. I will check it out right away.

Pete
by Peter Stenabaugh
Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:45 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Post Processor for the General I-Carver cnc routers
Replies: 5
Views: 2219

Post Processor for the General I-Carver cnc routers

Is there an existing post processor for the General i-Carver cnc routers? there are 2 small sized units the 13 x 18 and the 15 x 20. The larger machine supports ArtCam Express software (included) and there is an option to import existing g-code files. I am wondering if Vcarve and/or Aspire have a po...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:54 am
Forum: Wrapped Rotary Machining
Topic: cheap indexer
Replies: 96
Views: 42435

Re: cheap indexer

i believe you can use the mach calibration process. i did it a couple years back but I forget how i did it now. For rotary work in VCP you would be using the wrap feature which will allow you to convert a flat image and wrap it onto a cylindrical surface. Of course the length of the flat pattern has...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Sun Dec 02, 2012 5:52 am
Forum: Wrapped Rotary Machining
Topic: cheap indexer
Replies: 96
Views: 42435

Re: cheap indexer

VCPro is actually very easy to use. VCP will create all the toolpaths for you, ready to load into Mach 3, or whatever controller you are using. I have found the VCP g-code to be bulletproof, you dont need to do anything with it once it has been created, however I always find that I will go in and re...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Additive water cooled spindle?
Replies: 5
Views: 3491

Re: Additive water cooled spindle?

I am not sure on this, but as I recall I think that the coolant used for aluminum block engines may be different than the older type that was originally designed for cast iron blocks. However in modern times it could be that there is no difference, or with some manufacturers, the coolant may be ok f...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:17 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Additive water cooled spindle?
Replies: 5
Views: 3491

Re: Additive water cooled spindle?

Yes, I believe the important aspect is to use a fairly strong concentration. Normally automotive anti-freeze when mixed 1:1 will give protection down to about -40 degrees. That should be adequate, however even a bit stronger isnt going to hurt anything. On a spindle you are only trying to combat a s...
by Peter Stenabaugh
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:58 am
Forum: VCarve - Gallery
Topic: Geocaching Logo from Corian
Replies: 3
Views: 2058

Re: Geocaching Logo from Corian

If you want to test your squareness, put a 2" - 3" length of round bar in the collet and compare the squareness of the shaft to the table. It wouldnt take very much to make those marks. It has to be the squareness of the machine, or the cutter. Both are simple to check but squareness of the spindle ...