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Thread: Old Computers - why do people bother
02/02/2020 17:06:19

I need a computer with a parallel printer port to run the ports and pins on my Mach3 control for my mill. Also my laptop which runs Windows7 is the only computer that will support the control for my Denford lathe.

Thread: Aluminium bar
01/01/2020 16:55:40


FC1 Free cutting. These days for general stock items I use Amazon or Type in 'off cuts' on eBay.

Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
16/02/2019 16:28:02

Hi David. I should have said that I was getting the same situation when the sketch is, to what I think, is closed. In the heal box it says that it doesn't conform to the 0.01mm tolerance, but the sketch had snap to grid ticked and so I would assume each line would be closed. ch5.jpg

15/02/2019 18:05:09

Hi. Jason, its been far too quiet of late! I've been trying all the methods you've demonstrated but I can't get the results in your screen shots. My screen shots are in reverse order ( can't even get that right!) With the sketch I've produced I get the warning that the sketch isn't closed when I exit sketching. The sketch will only rotate when the Y axis is selected, screen shot two, if I select either X or Z I get the result shown in screen shot 3 and that's before I click the okay tab. When I click okay on the rotated sketch I get the result shown in screen shot 3ch3.jpgch2.jpgch1.jpg

11/02/2019 16:44:18

Thanks Jason, that will keep me quiet for a bit!!

10/02/2019 17:45:56

Hi Jason. I've drawn another sketch but can't exactly see the way forward. If you could, when you have the tine, give me a view of the section and the cut rotation you mentioned it would be appreciated. Thanks.

06/02/2019 17:50:34

I've been playing with different approaches the past couple of evenings without a lot of success, so suggestions please on the method of generating cooling fins on the top of the cylinder head, I'm not concerned if there're vertical or horizontal. Thanksfins.jpg

04/02/2019 17:39:48

Back to playing with the cylinder head. How do I anchor the 12mm diameter sketch to the top face of the head in order to extrude it to form a counter bore. Thanks.counter bore.jpg

29/01/2019 18:02:49

Sorry to bother you all again but I've spent quite a few hours trying to sort this out for myself. I've followed the tutorial to the letter but when I apply the midline constraint it locks the left hand line to the origin point but not to the sketch. I establish the plane by clicking on the z axis in the tree Which creates the blue box shown in fig 32.thumb screw 2.jpgthumb screw 1.jpg

24/01/2019 17:23:22

No gain without pain, as the saying goes! Thanks to David and Jason.m6 thread.jpg

23/01/2019 17:55:16

Still no joy. One screen shot shows the screen with a helicial line to the right of the sketch, but when I click OK there's a spring coil appears for a split second to the right of the sketch before the screen reverts to the other view. On this occasion the pitch is highlighted in blue, this is the first time this condition has occurred.thread 3.jpgthread 2.jpg

22/01/2019 17:53:17

Now I fully appreciate I've not carried out an instruction that won't allow me to get past this stage, but I can't see what it might be. I sometimes get a spring coil appear to the right of the sketch that disappears when I click OK, other times the OK tab is not illuminated. thread.jpg

20/01/2019 17:51:21

Thanks Jason, the section to be revolved needs to a continuous sketch.

20/01/2019 17:25:54

I still seem to be doing something wrong. The vertical sketch line was drawn from the top face of the head to the intersection of the horizontal sketch line. I've also drawn the vertical line to pass through the head to a point beyond the base and above the horizontal line with the same result, the sketch doesn't revolve as the OK tab isn't illuminated. capture 3.jpg

Thread: Saving an image as jpeg using windows 10 paint
18/01/2019 17:23:34

Thanks to all. The snipping tool is a better option and I saved it as a jpeg file. Today is turning out to be a day of firsts as I also successfully changed the mixer tap on the kitchen sink!!!!

Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
18/01/2019 17:18:34

I'm playing about designing a cylinder, cylinder head and piston. The cylinder was pretty straight forward but I've got a problem with the head. Every time I get to the stage in the screen shot where I rotate the sketch of the dome I get the result you can see, but when I click OK in the revolve boss box all the rotated detail disappears leaving the original sketch, which I have to delete as the rotate boss won't allow a second attempt.    The red sketch line showing through is a previous attempt that I can't delete as the return arrow will only allow me to go back one operation.capture 2.jpg

Edited By mick on 18/01/2019 17:26:13

Edited By mick on 18/01/2019 17:27:58

Thread: Saving an image as jpeg using windows 10 paint
18/01/2019 11:32:35

Bog basic question here. I want to post screen shots in the 3D CAD thread. I use windows 10 and when I paste the shot in paint and try and save I get three options, save as image, video or 3D project. Image saves the shot as png, as does the save option which opens in my document folder. I've googled saving as jpeg and the answer is to open file and change to jpeg, unfortunately there is no file option when using and exiting paint in windows 10. Any suggestions gratefully received.

Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D
07/01/2019 17:16:30

Will generating thread forms be covered in the MEW tutorials? If not how do you go about it as I've tried playing with the helical part of the software where all I've succeeded in doing is producing a spring like coil running along the centre line of the diameter I was hopefully going to create an external form on.

05/01/2019 13:43:10

Hi. All. The method you all describe is exactly what I'm doing, however when I go to extrude (remove metal) the sketch all the information, sketch number, to depth and the distance are displayed but the OK tab is no illumined and so I can't finish the operation. I don't seem able to upload screen shots and so I can't graphically demonstrate the situation.

05/01/2019 10:56:10

Some real progress, I've generated a component and conventionally machined it and also produced drawings. I don't seem to able to upload screen shots to demonstrate this. I have encountered one small problem, there is an 8mm tapped hole in the back face of the component 21mm from the base and on the verticial centre line. The horizontal centre line of the component is 20 mm from the base. Drawing the sketch is no problem, but extruding it to 25mm deep is. I assume I need to create an axis line for the extrusion to follow but I don't seem to be able to armed with the knowledge I've so far gained from the tutorials.

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