Requesting Gadgets

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Re: Requesting Gadgets

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David Rice wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2024 6:52 pm
Has anyone given some thought to a gridfinity storage system gadget? primarily for making the gidfinity baseplates.

link to gridfinity site, I realize not everyone is as ocd as I am https://gridfinity.xyz/
Hello David,

I thought about it riding a gadget to create the 42 mm grid pattern. The effort to write the gadget is so much more than just laying out the grid pattern and using the V carve toolpath to create the pockets.
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jimandi5000 wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2024 3:58 pm
David Rice wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2024 6:52 pm
Has anyone given some thought to a gridfinity storage system gadget? primarily for making the gidfinity baseplates.

link to gridfinity site, I realize not everyone is as ocd as I am https://gridfinity.xyz/
Hello David,

I thought about it riding a gadget to create the 42 mm grid pattern. The effort to write the gadget is so much more than just laying out the grid pattern and using the V carve toolpath to create the pockets.
Agreed!!!

I have looked into this gadget possibility also and I agree totally with jimandi5000 on his disposition that there is so much more involved in its creation than the simple pattern layout and its V-Carve Toolpath.

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Re: Requesting Gadgets

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A gadget to make tabs that compensates for the ugly grooves left on the material. I envision a gadget that adds a very slight 'bump' where the tab is going to be should do the trick. If the gadget could define and place the tabs on the bumps it would be amazing. It's much easier to sand a very slight bump than a groove.
Just an idea... I could be wrong.
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Re: Requesting Gadgets

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By groves do you mean something like this? I wonder if eliminating flex and chosing better speeds might be a place to start.

The gadget programming interface (API) does have the ability to tabs at specific places along curves. But if the gadget were to this they'd be automatically placed. There should be two options avaible: <n> tabs evenly spaced or as many tabs as needed spaced <x> units apart.

Breaking the curve just before and just after the tabs to add in the "dodge" to pull the bit away from the material might be challenging.

I don't quite know if the API allows for tracking pre-existing tabs along a curve. That way you could manually place the tabs precisely where you might want them then the gadget could add in the "dodges".

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I know nothing about Lua and how the interface works in Aspire. If the gadget would let me choose where to place a bump then stick a tab on that bump, it would be very helpful. If it would let me choose where to place a bump and I was able to see the bump when I placed the tabs in Aspire, that would also be good. I don't know how easy it would be to see the bumps.

I know there are ways to minimize the grooves, but this gadget could eliminate them.
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Re: Requesting Gadgets

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jimwill2 wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2024 3:22 pm
A gadget to make tabs that compensates for the ugly grooves left on the material.
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That's what the 3D option in the tabs section of the profile toolpath is for. With a standard tab the bit retracts in a stationary position, cuts the tab and then plunges on the other side. Bit deflection, less than rigid machines etc can lead to grooves where those retracts/plunges happen.

With the 3D tab option selected the bit never stops in the XY plane so you don't get the grooves

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Re: Requesting Gadgets

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I agree with Adrian totally.

In addition, if still some problems, playing with tab length/depth can help.
(especially on using longer, thinner tabs)....also play with(call them) Micro tabs(and add more of them).

Not sure if it still applies, but I'm still in the habit when doing multiples of toolpathing ONE item ALL the way through,
(including well placed tabs) and Then adding the multiples(as tab placement will be identical to the first).

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Play with it. :)
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