Vector / Cad2Lathe
- In a message dated 2/28/2006 12:38:06 PM Mountain Standard Time,
I've used Robert Adam's Cad2Lathe program in the past. He's got an
Please tell us a lot more about this program and how it has helped, I wish
he had a downloadable Demo available, living on SS precludes buying until you
are sure it is the answer for your needs.
I am also battling with Vector, and find it really is a mill program, with
very poor lathe implementation....
I want to draw in a 2 D environment with the +X axis at the top, and the +Z
axis on the right, when the program asks for data inputs, I want them to
correspond with the axis that I am using, no conversions in my head.
When I make a GCode, I don't want an unused axis showing on every line to
make things hard to read.
Is this too much to ask for?
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- Hi Bill,
> Please tell us a lot more about this program and how it has helped, I wishLike I said, I haven't used the new version yet.
> he had a downloadable Demo available, living on SS precludes buying until you
> are sure it is the answer for your needs.
In the old version, you laid stuff out in front of you using the X and Y axis.
The X axis corresponded to going along the carriage and the Y axis
corresponded to the carriage.
So X in CAD = Z in G-Code
and Y in CAD = X in G-Code.
But at least that way what you saw on the screen was oriented the same
way you'd see it on the lathe in front of you (and you could use a 2D
CAD program to design your profile).
You'd create paths, and the order that the paths were in the file
would determine the order that they were generated in the GCode (I
don't know if its still the same or not).
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