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by madmanmoe
Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:48 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Free CAM package (that works!)
Replies: 38
Views: 13269

Re: Free CAM package (that works!)

According to that site I have: 11.5.31.139 installed for Chrome and 11.5.502.149 installed for Safari Which are both the most up to date versions listed for my OS (Mac OS 10.7.5 (64-bit) . The thing is, I don't think that MakerCam running in Chrome is necessarily producing bad files. I checked sever...
by madmanmoe
Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Free CAM package (that works!)
Replies: 38
Views: 13269

Re: Free CAM package (that works!)

For some reason it didn't like Chrome. i.e files exported from MakerCam running in Chrome, wouldn't open with LinuxCNC exact same files exported from MakerCam running on Safari worked like a charm. Anyone else have this problem? Anyway, now that it's working, I love this program, definitely the best...
by madmanmoe
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:50 pm
Forum: Rotary Tools (like dremel)
Topic: Pushing my Dremel too hard?
Replies: 3
Views: 1773

Re: Pushing my Dremel too hard?

Sounds to me like you're pushing it too hard. Dremel's aren't designed to run continuously even if they aren't under stress. Proxon are better at continuous operation, so if you pick a slower feed rate / cut depth that would work. But if you're going to be running large jobs like this regularly then...
by madmanmoe
Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:13 pm
Forum: Design Ideas
Topic: Hand adjusting Z
Replies: 7
Views: 1268

Re: Hand adjusting Z

Depending on what you have lying around, lots of stock knobs can be made to fit. For example I found a spare volume knob from an electric guitar fits nicely. But basically any knob meant to fit a standard pot is worth a try, dimmer switch etc. (I think pot shafts are 1/4" so a set screw / some bodgi...
by madmanmoe
Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Shapeoko 101
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: Shapeoko 101

As for your working area, I'm not sure that's a solid rule, it just makes me nervous. I'm set up with LinuxCNC so I have the working area set at about 10mm short of where it would hit the sides. These are known as soft limits (like limit switches but software controlled) This just gives a bit of saf...
by madmanmoe
Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:44 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Shapeoko 101
Replies: 9
Views: 1437

Re: Shapeoko 101

Do you mean extend the Wiki with a list of things to do after you get bored running the 'Hello World' file? One problem with a 'What to do next' guide, is that everyone will have different plans for what they want to do with their machine. Although I suppose some calibration tips wouldn't hurt. I kn...
by madmanmoe
Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: expanding
Replies: 2
Views: 597

Re: expanding

I've never had the chance to mess around with any Makerslide other than my stock lengths so i don't know how flexible it gets in longer lengths. However the design you sketched out looks good to me. I think I would probably add a couple more cross braces closer to the end plates (making a total of 4...
by madmanmoe
Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Free CAM package (that works!)
Replies: 38
Views: 13269

Re: Free CAM package (that works!)

I tried both changing the file type to all files and then selecting the .nc file as well as changing the file extension on my gcode to .ngc and both times I'm aloud to select the file but then I get an error, -couldn't open the file.
by madmanmoe
Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:23 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Free CAM package (that works!)
Replies: 38
Views: 13269

Re: Free CAM package (that works!)

I'm still haven't found a CAM package that I'm happy with for my mac. I tried using this, and the interface was nice and friendly, but LinuxCNC refuses to open the .nc file that is created.
I'm not sure what to try, there didn't seem to be any other export options.
by madmanmoe
Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: PyCAM on Mac OS X
Replies: 36
Views: 29890

Re: PyCAM on Mac OS X

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I restarted my computer and re-ran the patch. Then it launched fine. I'm not sure why, because it said the patch installed fine the first time around. It's a nifty little tool and makes engraving easy. It doesn't seem to have any good options for a 2.5D workflow thou...