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by Llamas
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Universal Gcode Sender - Still being developed?
Replies: 31
Views: 5000

Re: Universal Gcode Sender - Still being developed?

The UGS front end is made almost entirely in the NetBeans GUI builder, so a lot of things can be done without knowing Java at all. Double clicking in the buttons you want to tweak will bring you right to the code they execute. Also (not that its a good thing) almost the entire front end code is in ...
by Llamas
Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Universal Gcode Sender - Still being developed?
Replies: 31
Views: 5000

Re: Universal Gcode Sender - Still being developed?

The current estimated time is really dumb. Literally all it does is divide the current runtime with the number of commands executed and multiply that number by the number of remaining commands. When you say dumb, are you saying that it is not accurate? Or, you're not keen on how it works? I know fo...
by Llamas
Thu Mar 13, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Universal Gcode Sender - Still being developed?
Replies: 31
Views: 5000

Re: Universal Gcode Sender - Still being developed?

My changes to the visualizer help a lot, including zoom using the mouse wheel and ctrl +/-, and reset to default using esc (or ctrl-0 for default zoom), but...something's still off, especially when zoomed way in. I really just figured out enough about how the 3D model was being presented to make the...
by Llamas
Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: soundproofing enclosures?
Replies: 65
Views: 39798

Re: soundproofing enclosures?

I don't have any pictures, and the G-code was script generated (as opposed to using CAM software like I do for everything else). My efforts have been limited to square-profile lengths of wood with two stage holes drilled for 1/4" T-nuts (one stage the depth and width of the T-nut insert, the other t...
by Llamas
Tue Mar 11, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: MakerCAM
Topic: Shapeoko 2 - First Job - Digging in after first layer
Replies: 6
Views: 1932

Re: Shapeoko 2 - First Job - Digging in after first layer

Z-axis speeds are the bane of my existance. Do a quick search for posts with information on Z-axis speed limits, how they apply to different versions of GRBL, and the work-arounds for each. What it boils down to for versions lower than 9 is never do a G0 mode Z-axis move, and no matter what the vers...
by Llamas
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Z Axis Mods: V-Rail, NEMA23, ACME
Replies: 12
Views: 3013

Re: Z Axis Mods: V-Rail, NEMA23, ACME

My hacked up tap did the trick, though I'd like to make a couple more nuts using a more precise method than eyeballing the the angle at which I'm driving the tap. One of them was a bit off, and correcting it resulted in a loose fit. Once put in a block under spring tension, things were very snug, so...
by Llamas
Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:28 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: soundproofing enclosures?
Replies: 65
Views: 39798

Re: soundproofing enclosures?

I'm currently working on a customisable enclosure for my Shapeoko for these exact reasons. Basically its a simplified and smaller version of the current Wikihouse developments and can be fabricated by your Shapeoko in smaller modular pieces. What i do want to achieve is a level of noise reduction b...
by Llamas
Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Z Axis Mods: V-Rail, NEMA23, ACME
Replies: 12
Views: 3013

Re: Z Axis Mods: V-Rail, NEMA23, ACME

I would look into finding some brass or other soft metal nuts. Steel on steel is not a good thing unless you have lots of lubrication. Grease and/or other lubricants tend to attract dust/grit. CNC routers tend to create lots of dust and even with a good dust collection its going to be a problem. I ...
by Llamas
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Z Axis Mods: V-Rail, NEMA23, ACME
Replies: 12
Views: 3013

Re: Z Axis Mods: V-Rail, NEMA23, ACME

I've looked and read a lot, and always wondered why there are few Z-axis designs using two parallel (in this case 2020) beams which are on either side of the screw. This seems to just make sense to me, although getting both of them parallel may be a bit of a challenge at times (perhaps because I wa...
by Llamas
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:04 pm
Forum: Mini Spindles - Purchased
Topic: Mini spindle vs trim router
Replies: 3
Views: 1408

Re: Mini spindle vs trim router

So, what would we need to hook up to a spindle to measure its output? Gear it down to a small DC generator, then measure the output? Different gear ratios to vary load?