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    It's alive! Video of first start to finish part

    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbAF7oGKt44&hd=1"]YouTube - CNC machining a sign for my niece and nephew[/nomedia]

    I've cut plenty of things on my machine, but this is the first time I've used the whole tool chain from start to finish. I've got almost a year in the machine at this point and still a few months to go before I call it done (even though I'm sure it will always be a work in progress as I want to add more stuff).

    I've got a dust collection system but I took it off for this video. My sister wanted me to make a video explaining the really high level concepts so she could show her friends. That's why I did the intro part with the simulation and the screen shot of the gcode.

    I welcome any comments or suggestions. I am still new to CAM and machining in general so if you see something I could improve I would definitely appreciate the advice.

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    Vary nice job on the finer details of the router.

    I see the little one has a Jeep. To keep my two boys interested longer I sped then up and added new motors.

    This is a place with lots of info on Power Wheels mods. I did 24V on both the quad and the Polaris but I just can't keep the Polaris running. I go through motors in hours and gearboxes in days.

    ModifiedPowerWheels.com • Index page

    Have fun.

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    It's a shame that there was paint on the nice wood. Great machine though, looks very well built!:devious:

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    What CAM program are you using, I like the preview of it cutting so you see how the program runs.

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    I read mastercam at the top left when i watched the video at fullscreen. A fairly inexpensive solution is CutViewer. I see it packaged with CamBam and Meshcam

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkubic View Post
    I read mastercam at the top left when i watched the video at fullscreen. A fairly inexpensive solution is CutViewer. I see it packaged with CamBam and Meshcam
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by CNC Lurker View Post
    thanks
    Sorry for the slow response. Yes, it is Mastercam.

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    You need to organize your toolbar states!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teccboxx View Post
    You need to organize your toolbar states!!!!!
    I literally just got it and installed the program. I'm still a complete novice at this program. Do you have an example of a better layout? And no, it isn't bootlegged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bandtank View Post
    And no, it isn't bootlegged.
    LOL, the best way to get started with where you are at I would simply right click on the toolbar and select a preset toolbar state. Not knowing what level your have, if it is just router I would selct router. A good basic one is 2d toolpath and design is also decent.

    I have taught Mastercam for 5 years so if you ever need any help just let me know. Congrats on your first run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teccboxx View Post
    LOL, the best way to get started with where you are at I would simply right click on the toolbar and select a preset toolbar state. Not knowing what level your have, if it is just router I would selct router. A good basic one is 2d toolpath and design is also decent.

    I have taught Mastercam for 5 years so if you ever need any help just let me know. Congrats on your first run.
    Thanks. So far I absolutely love it, but I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of what it can do. I'm figuring most of it out by flipping through the reference guide, but it really doesn't go into a lot of detail about most settings and operations. Are there any good books you would recommend that don't cost an arm and a leg to help me get started?

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