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by Marty M.
Wed Jan 07, 2015 1:13 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Milling "Deep" objects
Replies: 21
Views: 1648

Re: Milling "Deep" objects

Perhaps you want to take another look at how you are approaching the project and can do it in layers and then assemble the layers into the final thickness?
by Marty M.
Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:46 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: CAD and CAM combination.
Replies: 9
Views: 2084

Re: CAD and CAM combination.

For 2d and 3d, I use Rhino. I started out on Bobcad V17. For CAM, I use Cambam for the 2d stuff and Meshcam for the 3d stuff. Both Cam packages have worked pretty well. I'm the kind of guy that would like a manual in my hands though, and neither one comes with one....and I'm not going to print one o...
by Marty M.
Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:17 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Cutting a part larger than the work area...
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

Re: Cutting a part larger than the work area...

I've done a few of my necks in two stages on my 25" long K2. You can do the same thing on the shapeoko, but it'll involve 3 steps instead of 2. I used the leading edge of the nut as a zero. That way I could machine the 18+ length of the neck and then move the peghead back 10 inches and reset the zer...
by Marty M.
Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:31 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Thousands of machines, but almost no usage of the checklist?
Replies: 10
Views: 999

Re: Thousands of machines, but almost no usage of the checkl

If it isn't part of the Shapeoko Doc list( http://docs.shapeoko.com), I probably wouldn't and didn't look at it unless it was a link provided in this forum to solve a problem. I can only speak for myself, but there's a whole boat load of information on the wiki stuff. If it is that important it shou...
by Marty M.
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Learning the basics of how to build and use a small cnc
Replies: 5
Views: 876

Re: Learning the basics of how to build and use a small cnc

"An educated consumer is our best customer"-Sy Syms.

Knowing what some of the basic commands do in your program certainly can't hurt anything,now can it? :-)
by Marty M.
Mon Dec 01, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Learning the basics of how to build and use a small cnc
Replies: 5
Views: 876

Re: Learning the basics of how to build and use a small cnc

Google CNC Gcode and start learning what each of most common commands do. You can even start to write code in a word processor like NotePad or Wordpad. Download a CAM program like CAMBAM and start to draw simple shapes and convert to gcode. When I started, I bought a book, but most of this stuff is ...
by Marty M.
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: carpet tape to hold down thin G10 sheets?
Replies: 6
Views: 915

Re: carpet tape to hold down thin G10 sheets?

I like to use Shurtape, double sided duct tape. You'll have to experiment on how much to use as it holds unbelievably well. It's from Lowes.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_156864-56131-20 ... Id=3014450
by Marty M.
Wed Nov 26, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: I'm Lost...
Replies: 8
Views: 868

Re: I'm Lost...

I use CamBam. It is a free download for 40 uses and then loses some functions. It utilizes DXF files. If you download the program, a process would go like this: ( This is a straight ahead approach to get you started, not the full blown learning curve.) Click on the CamBam icon to open it Click throu...
by Marty M.
Fri Nov 14, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Cut downloaded .DXF files
Replies: 13
Views: 2504

Re: Cut downloaded .DXF files

I agree that this is a few seconds more work but, having started out with primitive drawing and cad programs that didn't work right 15 years ago, I just don't have the patience to try and sift through poorly written and executed online manuals. In my opinion, the online documentation of CAMBAM is th...
by Marty M.
Thu Nov 13, 2014 11:26 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: CNC job execution sequence
Replies: 8
Views: 805

Re: CNC job execution sequence

Because many times the next rout requires a tool change at that point and I don't want it to go any further. Since I am doing guitar bodies primarily, I can skip sections or move within the program to add sections. Since the machine pauses, I can vacuum up chips, reposition clamps, or whatever. It o...