Aspire software

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Aspire software

Post by kjetilhansen » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:29 pm

Hello,

I want to make some wooden sign with my shapeoko, but I believe that the way I must do this is to use the Aspire software, and after some reading I see many others uses this program as well, but 1, is there any other programs? 2, which one do you buy? It looks like the one you need is 2000 USD? That can't be right?

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Re: Aspire software

Post by WillAdams » Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:40 pm

Presumably you want engraved text? The opensource CAM option for that is: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/F-Engrave

Another option is to use Inkscape and Gcode tools: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/ ... Gcodetools

there's a nifty tutorial for that latter.
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Re: Aspire software

Post by kjetilhansen » Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:02 am

I was thinking more on making wooden signs, I have seen a few examples here in this forum, a cool bear address sign, mother's day sign... But as I read, you need Aspire to run those jobs, and that is a pretty expensive program for som signs... Mabe there is a open source STL files of blank signs where you can just add text?

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Re: Aspire software

Post by Brian » Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:50 am

Check out the vectric site, they have a few videos and tutorials showing the capacity of each of their programs. You could easily make signs using cut 2d ($150ish) it just depends on what kind of bits you use. Most of simple wooden signs with complex edges you find are cut using profiled routing bits, not 3d profiling. Do you have any examples of what you want to make?
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Re: Aspire software

Post by kjetilhansen » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:52 am

150USD is perfect for this kind of software :)

I have seen two signs in this forum that looks really good (there is probably more, but I have not seen them yet ;) ) and that is the mothers day sign, and the adress sign for a house with a bear in it...
Here is one link

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Re: Aspire software

Post by WillAdams » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:12 am

You don't need proprietary, closed source software. Please see the pages:

- http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAD
- http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/index.php/CAM
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Re: Aspire software

Post by Woodworker » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:19 pm

I'm finding that my biggest hurdle is getting what is in my head into the CAD program. I believe that you can do signs like these without Aspire, it just takes more work. I don't have my SO2 built yet but I spend a an hour or more each night learning Inkscape. Once you have the CAD drawing, there are several CAM options. There is a learning curve to CNC and I plan to start with the free options until I find something I can't do and then spend the money.
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Inkscape and vector drawing and gcodetools

Post by WillAdams » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:51 pm

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Re: Aspire software

Post by kjetilhansen » Thu May 01, 2014 11:15 am

I checked them out, but I bought Aspire, It looks easy :)

But I tried it, but I can't get it to work. I used the post processor that was mentioned here in this forum, Intelicam GCode (mm) (*.nc) but when I start the operation, I set home, and it want to start in the opposite corner witch is OK, but it is only supposed to travel 300mm but it doesn't stop, so I guess the processor is not right... The processors mm is not GRBL mm :(

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Re: Aspire software

Post by WillAdams » Thu May 01, 2014 11:33 am

Please draw and CAM a 25.4mm (1 inch) square (using an outside profile cut w/ a 3.175mm (1/8") tool) in Aspire and post the code here.
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