Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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StefanK
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Re: Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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leonardo.afonso wrote:Hi there,

I'm a luthier taking first spets on CNC machines and software, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question.. But would this gadget work with VCarve Pro also?

Thanks!

It should work with VCarve Pro (though not VCarve Desktop as Desktop does not support gadgets) but not with all features. Under VCarve you will only get the 2D layout of the frets and slots, and the board outline. It will also generate guide rails and arcs for the radius BUT, you will not get the 3D model/component of the fret board for actually carving the radius.

You can still use VCarve to cut the slots and the board outline but without a 3D model you will not be able to generate the code to carve the radius. In short you can design and cut a flat fretboard but would need to radius it by hand (if needed) unless you have another way to generate the 3D model/component.

leonardo.afonso
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Re: Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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StefanK wrote:
leonardo.afonso wrote:Hi there,

I'm a luthier taking first spets on CNC machines and software, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question.. But would this gadget work with VCarve Pro also?

Thanks!

It should work with VCarve Pro (though not VCarve Desktop as Desktop does not support gadgets) but not with all features. Under VCarve you will only get the 2D layout of the frets and slots, and the board outline. It will also generate guide rails and arcs for the radius BUT, you will not get the 3D model/component of the fret board for actually carving the radius.

You can still use VCarve to cut the slots and the board outline but without a 3D model you will not be able to generate the code to carve the radius. In short you can design and cut a flat fretboard but would need to radius it by hand (if needed) unless you have another way to generate the 3D model/component.
Hi StefanK,
Thank you for your reply, already upgraded to aspire as I need to do radius fretboards and want to take all the advantages of this great gadget. Cheers!

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Re: Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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In case anyone wants or needs it, short documentation.
Fretboard Maker Overview.zip
Overview and how to:
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Re: Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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Hi!

Is the gadget able to radius the fret slots them self, like the fretboard?

Thanks

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Re: Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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Is the gadget able to radius the fret slots them self, like the fretboard?
Select Project toolpath onto 3D model
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StefanK
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Re: Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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Rcnewcomb wrote:
Is the gadget able to radius the fret slots them self, like the fretboard?
Select Project toolpath onto 3D model

The gadget itself does not do that because it generates only the design and model (CAD), not the toolpaths (CAM). But as shown you can project the slot toolpath onto the radius/fretboard-model while you are creating and generating the toolpaths.

That is what I always do, Project the fret toolpath onto the 3D model. Simple enough thanks to Vectric.

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Thank you so much guys!

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Re: Guitar fret board maker - Aspire 9.5

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StefanK wrote:
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:17 pm
This Gadget lays out a chromatic fret/finger board. It is intended for guitar but it will work for anything chromatic from ukulele to electric bass. (just delete the extra frets for for dulcimer or other diatonic instrument). It can create standard/straight-scale or a multi-scale/fan-fret fingerboards.
FretboardUIscreen1.jpg
The board dimensions can optionally be based on string width at the nut and saddle, or fixed/specified by the width at the nut and 12th fret. It generates the fret board outline and the fret layout as lines or lines and slots. Options allow for a zero fret or cut line at the nut. Under Aspire is generates the 3D model for the fret board with no radius, fixed radius, or compound radius.
sample1.jpg
It seems pretty solid but I am open to questions, comments, suggestions, and bug reports. I started it for my own use but it became a learning opportunity and a tool to share.

Built for Aspire 9.5 and works fine on 10.0.
Thank you for posting this! I am totally new to CNC. I have been doing guitars hand made since 1992. I'll do some test fret boards on cheap wood and post results. Thank you again!

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Practicing on cheap wood is the right path. If you are totally new to CNC and CAD/CAM, there is a lot to learn about the design tools and your own machine. Mistakes will happen.

If you run into any issues with the gadget let me know. As far as hand builds go, you've got about 10 years on me, so I will be interested in your feedback. So far I only use the CNC for making parts but I see some folks making their electric guitars largely with CNC.

Stefan

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