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    Re: New design Hopetool CNC router

    I've seen the photos and would recommend a bit of revision.The spindle mount is perverse,why would you only support it's upper end with all the additional force imposed by the increased leverage...
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    Re: My next controller

    I use LinuxCNC a I mentioned and have even used bluetooth to transfer engraving gcode files from my phone.Rightly or wrongly I believe selecting a single file for transfer is less liable to let nasty...
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    Re: My next controller

    I couldn't agree more.It works with all sorts of hardware and is utterly stable,not to mention the inclusion of a post processor within Vectric.Unfortunately a lot of people get a dose of the vapours...
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    Re: My next controller

    Vectric seems to have a vast number of post processors and there is likely to be one that works buried in the list.It may be one of the generic types and until you are certain you have located a good...
  5. Re: Need advice on new CNC machine for small business woodworking

    Once you have the machine,how long have you allocated for a period of learning to use it?Not trying to discourage your endeavours,but there is still a lot to comprehend once the machine comes through...
  6. Thread: AXYZ Parts

    by routalot
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    Re: AXYZ Parts

    I'm not sure how you would ever wear out those parts so I am guessing that you have a machine that somebody has run a defective program on and cut into the extrusion.Obviously it would be easiest to...
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    Re: My First CNC Build

    Since you will need some CAD proficiency to generate the files to work from,could I suggest you begin by creating a CAD file of the proposed machine?Then with regard to cost,what control software do...
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    Re: My First CNC Build

    As peteeng has posted,nothing wrong with using wood if the builder has a good grasp of structural principles.Some of the initial proposals we see for metal machines are entirely lacking in structural...
  9. Re: Which CAD/CAM software for basic 2D to G-code for hole drilling on CNC running MA

    If you are more comfortable with other packages to create the object to be produced,it is possible to import a range of file formats and then to use the Path workbench.I agree that it isn't the most...
  10. Re: Hobbiest: Controller Software for Arduino 4 axis CNC with dual Y steppers.

    I know almost nothing about Arduinos.I looked at them for my hobby machine but went with LinuxCNC as it felt more like the commercial machines I am used to using.I know that it can work with up to 9...
  11. Re: Which CAD/CAM software for basic 2D to G-code for hole drilling on CNC running MA

    Freecad meets the cost criterion,but maybe not the easy part.Have you tried it?If not,watch a couple of youtube videos first to get some idea of what you need to do.
  12. Re: Cheap router bits for 'kitchen facade' door milling

    If the OP included his location,it might help.This is a global forum and nominating a supplier in say Nebraska wouldn't help with an enquiry from Finland,would it?I have on occasion tried low cost...
  13. Re: Adding a vacuum table to ShopSabre Pro 408 with T-Slot phenolic table

    I've used three different vacuum setup on different machines,none of them a Shop Sabre.The first was one I made using the technique you describe of cutting a grid into the underside of a sheet of MDF...
  14. Re: Is there any decent alternatives to Fusion 360 for small business / hobby use?

    I would turn cartwheels round the workshop if Freecad added a 5 axis option.Then build the machine to do the work.
  15. Re: Total newbie considering 1325 router - restoring a chateau

    I understand the desire to have a machine that will help you with such a massive project.I would also caution that a headlong plunge into acquiring a machine for a technology you have no experience...
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    Re: CNC Mill Project Underway

    Having established that you are using the enclosure to provide some triangulation,might I suggest you give an equal amount of attention to the mounting plates at either end of the pneumatic/hydraulic...
  17. Re: please, how to write code that creates/reads dxf ?

    It does seem like a lot of effort when basic software like Librecad can read a .dxf and is a free download.You can,if you don't want to learn a CAM system,create an offset equal to you tool radius...
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    Re: CNC Mill Project Underway

    You don't necessarily have to add huge chunks of metal to brace the machine.in fact,I'm constantly surprised by how few people use the kind of tubular bracing commonly found on aircraft engine mounts...
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    Re: Conversion to LINUX CNC EMCO pc mill 50

    You may get an answer if you ask the LinuxCNC experts at https://forum.linuxcnc.org/ . There is a lot of knowledge there.
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    Re: Need 3d to 2d Drafting software Asap!

    Since the OP referred to the cost of a piece of software,it seemed reasonable to alert him to the difference in cost of two possible candidates for solving his problem.I never have a problem with...
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    Re: Need 3d to 2d Drafting software Asap!

    Rhino is an excellent program,but it does cost more than Freecad.
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    Re: Need 3d to 2d Drafting software Asap!

    If you have the patience and the time to learn,Freecad can do a great deal within the Tech Draw workbench.There are a few youtube tutorials that may be helpful and the cost of the software is...
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    Re: CNC Mill Project Underway

    It looks like a very compact machine.It also seems likely to have a lot more gantry stiffness on one direction than the other.Have you considered the possible deflection parallel to the T-slots?
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    Re: New CNCzone Main Page

    It seems to load much faster,I was having trouble with the response time in the recent past and often gave up logging out because it took so long.If the much faster response is directly lined to the...
  25. Re: Gradually losing z-position during 3D relief carving

    It might help to see a mention of the feed rate in the negative Z direction.The situation described could possibly be caused by the machine missing steps during the more aggressive plunge cuts of the...
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    Re: Please critique my CNC machine

    Be honest! There is no doubt involved;not only will the unsupported rods move,the lack of bracing on the gantry endplates means they will join the dance too.
  27. Thread: Inlay tearout

    by routalot
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    Re: Inlay tearout

    Are you conventional cutting or climb cutting?It might help to try the alternative if the grain is causing the tearing.I don't think 0.001" will do much cleaning if the tearing is already present-I...
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    Re: Determine Vee Bit diamtre

    Short of a shadowgraph,and few of us have one in a home workshop,the only thing I can suggest is getting hold of some radius gauges for a visual comparison.I have several but they only go down to...
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    Re: Thermwood Mach conversion?

    I would be surprised if the software is the limiting factor.I have to ask it the manual is included with the machine because it would contain an absolute treasure trove of information.It may be...
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    Re: buying a cnc router from aliexpress

    Would you buy a car without seeing an example in front of you?Never mind the fairly significant matter of taking it for a test drive and then finding that once it has been delivered,the nearest...
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