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|Thread: Feeds and Speeds! 0.4mm milling cutters...|
Ditto. Beat me to it.
They are much stronger due to being tapered.
|Thread: Parting off query|
What do you mean when you say "and I reversed it"?
HSS parting blades are usually asymmetric,viewed from the front, so the cutting clearances will go to hell if you managed to flip it over to use the back end of the blade.
|Thread: Learning CAD with Alibre Atom3D|
Are you sure that your computer hardware isn't 64 bit?
I once had a 64 bit laptop running a 32 bit version of Windows, as the result of a like-for-like version update.
I think I had to wipe the hard drive to allow a 64 bit O/S installation.
|Thread: ECAM v4 Lathe & Mill|
You've got a factory there, Geoff.
I have a Denford Triac mill and a Denford Starturn 8 lathe.
Good to hear that you're getting on well with Ecam.
Like you, I'm surprised it doesn't seem to be more popular, considering that it's well featured, up to date and reasonably priced. Now I've used it for a while and tuned the postprocessor to my liking, then in terms of work-flow, I think it's the quickest CAM I've tried.
Nice one Geoff!
If you decide Ecam is the one for you, then once it's more familiar, I suggest tweaking the postprocessor to tune its ouput until you get exactly what your machine requires. I've got mine working just as I like it with my LinuxCNC compatible controller (PlanetCNC TNG) - it's well worth the effort and I never need to edit the code now.
Make sure Chain Selection isn't highlighted on the menu, as that function links curves that share common end points for quicker selection. Also, make sure your CAD isn't joining each curve to make polylines - you can usually 'explode' them back to separate curves in your CAD though.
My CAD is MoI, which I find is all I need for my work-flow.
Here's a quick video - I hope it bumps things along.
Give me a couple of hours Geoff and I'll try to make a 'get you going' video to help you on your way.
I came across Ecam a few years ago and I'm liking it more and more because of its no-nonsense way of doing the job it's designed to do and the steady updates.
It isn't a 3d CAM system like say, Fusion 360 is, but I find it much easier to use for everyday work, and in a couple of instances it let me do jobs that I found impossible in Fusion 360 - I'm not saying Fusion couldn't do it, just that I couldn't find a way.
Here's a link to Ecam. It becomes freeware at the weekend, which means that whilst all functions are available for use through the week, gcode can only be generated at the weekend. Of course this restriction is lifted if the software is purchased
The upshot is that all the design & setting up can be done Mon-Fri and the gcode made for free on Sat-Sun and for as long as you want. It seems quite generous of the author considering that there are few Lathe CAM systems out there and Ecam's is rather good. I find the Mill CAM to be excellent too, as it has Roughing, Re-machining, Finishing and Chamfering all within the one operation and also allows for the use of Tee-Slot cutters etc.
I'm just a happy user.
|Thread: 1959 Nsu quickly|
It's all about scale & self-identity.
If he's a Model Engineer and it's happening in his Workshop, then he's in the right place.
Edited By blowlamp on 30/04/2019 19:44:43
|Thread: A Unique Word?|
I'm wondering if it was originally Across-slide, which has become shortened to Cross-slide, but should really be written as 'cross-slide.
Closest thing I can think of is Mississippi.
|Thread: Gender neutral ships.|
The museum has a Director that goes by the name David Mann.
|Thread: Notre Dame|
I remember the Biafra Appeal charity box being passed around at school. I found out many years later that our government was, at the same time, actively promoting & funding the war over there and that's what is happening now with Yemen.
A good question about the BBC.
I believe they have some of Eric Gill's work in and around BBC property - read a little about his personal life and decide for yourself.
Perhaps a grant from the EU will be forthcoming?
The 'Yellow Vest' protestors will be happy if the money comes from the tax payer, I'm sure.
I'd rebuild it open-plan and with a glass roof to make it light & airy. I'd also have bi-fold doors at one end to 'connect' with the outside space along with a separate area for the kids to play in.
Fund the rebuild by selling off the 'Holy Ash' from the fire.
|Thread: Folding Bike design & build|
Call it the 'Jackson 5x2'.
|Thread: Axis orientation (or, where is zero?)|
Z: spindle moving away from table is the plus (+) direction.
X: spindle moving over to the right of the table is the plus direction - table travels to the left.
Y: spindle moving over to the back of the table (or top when viewed from above) is the plus direction - table travels to the front/down.
These need to be correct for the various DRO functions to work predictably.
Zero can be wherever you want it.
Edited By blowlamp on 03/04/2019 22:29:20
Edited By blowlamp on 03/04/2019 22:33:48
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