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by madmanmoe
Sun May 05, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: A site like Thingiverse for CNC CAD Models?
Replies: 16
Views: 9520

Re: A site like Thingiverse for CNC CAD Models?

I know it's not quite the same but you can download an .stl file from Thingiverse Or anywhere else and use 123D Make to slice it up and output CNC compatible files for you.

I've actually been meaning to have a go with this since they updated it and added CNC support.
by madmanmoe
Sun May 05, 2013 1:58 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: Cutting small Logo into oak, Which bit to purchase
Replies: 8
Views: 2225

Re: Cutting small Logo into oak, Which bit to purchase

One problem with engraving in wood, is that the engraved portion looks almost identical to the rest of the piece (where as acrylic has a nice contrast) so the only way to see what has been engraved is to do it deep enough to create a show and / or fill in the engraved portion with paint. I've had mi...
by madmanmoe
Wed May 01, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Printcraft?
Replies: 1
Views: 578

Re: Printcraft?

Cool, almost makes me wish I'd gone with a 3D printer (CNC is still better). I've seen something like this before, except they were printing larger colour sandstone models of Minecraft landscapes, and charging a premium for them, no option to print yourself. And theres a company that'll print models...
by madmanmoe
Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:36 am
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: List of software, esp. opensource
Replies: 8
Views: 1477

Re: List of software, esp. opensource

twforeman wrote:Hey Madman - if you just need 2D then LibreCAD is pretty good.

It's strictly 2D but it works great.
I do need to do 3D every so often but, most of what I'm doing atm is 2D so I'll put LibreCAD at the top of my list.

Thanks,

- Tom
by madmanmoe
Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:59 pm
Forum: Rotary Tools (like dremel)
Topic: Need Spindle Mount DREMEL
Replies: 7
Views: 7855

Re: Need Spindle Mount DREMEL

My stock mounts work great, although it's always a bit tricky to get the tool perfectly vertical. Anyway they will never be as good as a set of custom mounts. At the moment the mounts put pressure on the front and back of the tool, squeezing it far more than I would like. Also, custom mounts would b...
by madmanmoe
Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:51 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: List of software, esp. opensource
Replies: 8
Views: 1477

Re: List of software, esp. opensource

I used to use Vectorworks for everything, until my license ran out a couple of weeks ago :cry: It's a professional program, but if you have access to it, it will do everything needed in designing for CNC (and a whole lot more you don't need) It exports a huge variety of formats (not .svg unfortunate...
by madmanmoe
Mon Apr 22, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: Rotary Tools (like dremel)
Topic: Need Spindle Mount DREMEL
Replies: 7
Views: 7855

Re: Need Spindle Mount DREMEL

I'm just wondering if anyone found, or has since drawn up files for a dremel 4000 mount. I'm about to start drawing one up and just wanted to check I wasn't doing it unnecessarily.
by madmanmoe
Sat Mar 30, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: OsX Workflow Help for a "Non-Technical" Designer
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: OsX Workflow Help for a "Non-Technical" Designer

All I've been using so far is Illustrator* and MakerCam. MakerCam has a nice GUI and is relatively friendly. It doesn't allow you much control, but for starting out that's much better, as you don't have too much to worry about. I've actually got PyCam running on my Mac, but it's not very friendly at...
by madmanmoe
Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Holding parts without »bridges«?
Replies: 6
Views: 1054

Re: Holding parts without »bridges«?

Double sided tape definitely holds the piece down, but it gums up your end mill and can be tricky to get off your part. I find it far easier to sand down a couple of tabs, than to have to pick away at tape, and clean the part / mill with alcohol. But if you really hate tabs then sometimes you don't ...
by madmanmoe
Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: LinuxCNC
Topic: need help with stepper config
Replies: 6
Views: 2703

Re: need help with stepper config

It could be to do with the default homing sequence. There are lots of different ways that LinuxCNC can use home switches. One is to rapidly move until it hits the switch, go past it , then very slowly go in the opposite direction, until it is resting on the switch. If your limit switch is at the end...