Re: Some Questions - Software Related
- Hey Bob,
Like Andrew suggested, I use the DeskEngrave program from DeskAm, and
it's pretty good for freeware. Took a while to learn all the
options, and it's a LOT of trial and error to get the output size of
the letters to match up with how big you need them to be on your
part, but the price is right (free) and it does get the job done.
On AutoEdit, I use that too and had the same experience as you did,
with the blank simulation screen. One suggestion is to make sure
that the z depth goes below zero (ie -0.03, etc.). Other than that,
I had to use the prog several times before it finally started
working, lol! The sucky thing about AE is that you can only see the
top down view of your part, so you can't easily visualize the 3d-ness
of it. Just my thoughts :)
> Last August, I started restoring a used Sherline 5000 CNC mill that
> bought from a post on the regular Sherline group. Once I got itrunning,
> in September, I had problems with the z-axis and posted somequestions
> about that. This weekend, I made my first cuts completely underCNC
> control with everything working the way I think it should. In theend, I
> replaced the MicroKinetics "Optidriver Plus" board with one ofJeff's
> (Xylotex) 3 axis controllers, built a power supply from "junk box"parts I
> had lying around the house, and instead of theMicroKinetics "MillMaster"
> software, used TurboCNC to control everything. I have a fullyfunctional
> three axis CNC Sherline right around $500 out of pocket.its
> Did you ever start on one of those projects that takes on a life of
> own, so much that when you're done restoring the thing you forgetwhy you
> started?of the
> I've gotten so wrapped up in this restoration that I've missed some
> important learning I needed to be doing. I have some questions ofthe
> "Where do I go from here and how do I get there?" type.of
> The first thing I cut was a single cycle of a sine wave, on a piece
> plywood. I used Dan Stadtman's method of creating the file inExcel, then
> exporting it into a text file. I can see how I could stretch this,or
> shrink it, so that it fits the circumference of a ring, like Dandoes. I
> can see how I might do other interesting curves this way.program
> First question: a while back, someone posted info on a freeware
> called "AutoEditCNC 3.0". When I use the "Simulate" feature, isn'tit
> supposed to show the tool path? The screen flickers as it stepsthrough
> the G-code, but never shows a path, or completed shape. Doesanybody else
> use this successfully?has the
> Next, I'd like to do some text engraving. The MillMaster software
> capability of doing this with simple calls to a "CHRSET" file. Ican't run
> this software, though. How are you guys doing text engraving, likeI have a
> TrueType font to tool path?
> Finally, I'm interested in how folks are getting from CAD to CAM.
> 2D/3D CAD program, TurboCAD V9, that will output DXF files, plus afew
> other formats. Is anyone else using TurboCAD? Any hints ongetting to
> tool paths from CAD? Since I'm already sunk a few hundred bucksinto
> TurboCAD, I'm reluctant to give up that expense and go over toVector CAD
> or something like it. What other reasonably priced options for CAMquote...
> conversion are there?
> In the words of someone... I don't remember who, but I love the
> speak slowly with small words.
> All the best,
- In a message dated 12/10/2003 4:22:12 PM Mountain Standard Time, penitent75@... writes:
On AutoEditDid you download the turorial?? Thye simulate process only works in the editing window, see page 4 of the tutorial.bill
- Thanks for picking up the link on this for me Geert. I apologize for putting out a post and not getting back to my email in time to deal with the replies.Mark----- Original Message -----From: Alan Marconett KM6VVSent: Tuesday, December 09, 2003 2:29 PMSubject: Re: [SherlineCNC] Some Questions - Software RelatedThanks Geert,
Geert De Pecker wrote:
> Alan Marconett KM6VV wrote:
> > Hi Mark,
> > Thanks for the post. Do you have a URL for "Outline Art"? Google gave
> > about 12 pages, I didn't spot it.
> > Alan KM6VV
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To begin with, thanks for all the suggestions. I've downloaded
DeskEngrave, the MicroTech CNC simulator, AceConverter, and CutViewer Mill.
I haven't gotten anything that I've done in Deskengrave to look right in
any of the CNC simulators. I don't see any help file for it, so
I did get AutoEdit to simulate my sine wave cut by inserting my code into
their template, and adding an instruction to get the mill to cut below zero.
I like the looks of CutViewer, but since it's a $400 program, it's kind of
near the bottom of the priority list. Microtech CNC is a little odd,
wanting you to go back every so often for "petrol", but the demo that comes
with it sure is impressive.
All for now,