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by ALuomala
Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:47 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: SO2 X-mas Inlay gifts
Replies: 6
Views: 1730

Re: SO2 X-mas Inlay gifts

Here are a few gifts I cut out for people this year. The first two are oak with walnut inlays. The last one is oak, hickory, and walnut. The Aluminum Mounts I made for my DW660 really helped stiffen things up and makes trying these inlays easier. What were you using prior to the aluminum mounts? Ju...
by ALuomala
Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: What am I doing wrong
Replies: 11
Views: 2428

Re: What am I doing wrong

Here is what he was/is trying to carve: http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m28/zipperhead55/Screenshot-14.jpg I was curious as to what it was supposed to be, so ran the Gcode through OpenSCAM. If there are larger issues (copyright, etc) as to why it shouldn't be posted I will remove it, but I think ...
by ALuomala
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: GRBL
Topic: Raising Z axis fast between cuts in 9g slow
Replies: 3
Views: 786

Re: Raising Z axis fast between cuts in 9g slow

I have had problems with the Z axis (plunging too far, or more precisely, not retracting enough) and I think it was due to being too aggressive with Z axis acceleration. Move up in small increments, or you could face potential disaster (especially on long projects as it becomes an accumulative thing...
by ALuomala
Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Do you need Z limit for Homing
Replies: 5
Views: 1009

Re: Do you need Z limit for Homing

IMO, you should have a upper Z limit switch (for homing), if only to save some time (tool changes, being able to clear/see work area, etc). I have my switch (a momentary contact) in a location where I can activate it with my finger if I don't need it to go all the way up during the homing operation....
by ALuomala
Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Shapeoko2 in cold temperatures
Replies: 8
Views: 1373

Re: Shapeoko2 in cold temperatures

I'm in Morinville (30mins north of Edmonton). I run a large natural gas heater in my insulated garage, mainly to keep liquids from freezing right now. Plus it keeps my wife's vehicle warm (happy wife, happy life....) I suspect the belts would be the first things to fail (crack or break under pressur...
by ALuomala
Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:05 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: can't get UGS to load
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Re: can't get UGS to load

Don't feel too bad: I got stuck at that point, too. If I remember correctly, just double-click it to get it to run. You may have to have the latest version of Java though (or Java, period).

Allan
by ALuomala
Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:36 pm
Forum: GRBL
Topic: Touch Plate Z-Homing Routine - Possible?
Replies: 8
Views: 5502

Re: Touch Plate Z-Homing Routine - Possible?

I have zero coding skills, and since I couldn't find another way, I have used the latest beta build of UGS (the one with macro abilities) and put in one command per line, and then manually select each (after I have ensured that each step is done completely (i.e the "probe" (endmill) has actually mad...
by ALuomala
Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:12 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: My first "real" project
Replies: 8
Views: 3617

Re: My first "real" project

That looks beautiful. How did you apply the stain to the letters and not have it drip all over - like it always does for me? One way I managed to apply paint was to dab it on with a cloth that had a foam piece behind it (make sure that you dab/blot the applicator on a scrap piece of something befor...
by ALuomala
Sun Nov 16, 2014 12:02 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: Arabesque Window Screen
Replies: 4
Views: 2466

Re: Arabesque Window Screen

Excellent idea and nice work! I will have to add this to my [already lengthy] must-do-projects list...

Allan
by ALuomala
Tue Nov 11, 2014 4:10 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New to CNC - how/where do I design plans?
Replies: 12
Views: 2255

Re: New to CNC - how/where do I design plans?

If you are using InkScape, I might suggest using Trace Bitmap (under Path menu, or Shift+Alt+B). Once you have played with the threshold values, you will get a path that you can edit. This is considered a "cheat" by many people (and you end up with WAY more points/nodes than you need, and you will n...