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Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Something for CNC Owners
« Reply #30 on: February 14, 2018, 11:37 AM »
I have a ShapeOko 3 XXL for a few years now. The SO3 is comparable to the X-Carve. when I was looking for a first CNC those two came at the top. At the time there was no Easel and the SO3 was free shipping so it was a no brainer since the SO3 comes with the basic software.

Right now I use Easel and import the gcode and run it from Carbide Motion software (from Carbide 3D free). I just bring in the machine into the new shop and haven't setup it yet. I looked into VCarve Pro and it comes to 840$. The Cut2D Pro is good enough for what you can do with the X-Carve and is under 550$

What I do with my CNC: I made a few clamps racks, logos for friends, shop templates & accessories etc.. The next planned project is the Diresta shop stool  [big grin], you can get the design from Easel.

For me the idea of running a CNC is to create prototypes and see if there is a local market for it. Keep in mind that those non industrial machines are SLOW, like very slow compare to the big things.

Mario
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Offline sprior

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Re: Something for CNC Owners
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2018, 01:17 PM »
My weekend OCD workshop project was to create a drawer organizer for my Tormek accessories.  I traced them out on paper, took a photo including a ruler, used that as a base canvas in Fusion 360 and designed the organizer.  Used Fusion's CAM workspace to create the toolpath and carve it on my X-Carve (after using my Festool TS-55 to cut a piece of MDF to size).  After the carve and test fit I went back and re-carved some sections to make the pieces fit better.  I'm in the process of spraying the MDF with black automotive underbody to get that rubberized custom organizer look - would have preferred a slightly foamy rubber texture and this ended up being much more smooth - looks like Batman's closet organizer.


Offline egmiii

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Re: Something for CNC Owners
« Reply #32 on: March 05, 2018, 01:33 PM »
Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

Offline sprior

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Re: Something for CNC Owners
« Reply #33 on: March 05, 2018, 02:28 PM »
Another point I should mention about Fusion 360 - it supports creating models for 3D printing, CNC, and more recently laser/waterjet cutting.  I got started in Fusion a few years ago when I got a MakerGear M2 3D printer and you can design a model and export it as an STL file ready for slicing (the processing for 3D printing).  But you can also stay within Fusion and move into the CAM environment and generate the toolpaths required to cut that model on a CNC/laser/waterjet.  Even better, you can create a design with many parts and decide per part whether to 3D print or CNC that part, then make each of them and fit them all together!  You can even 3D print a part of a design as a fast prototype and then decide to CNC the final version.

In addition to the X-Carve and MakerGear M2 3D printer I have one of those cheap Chinese K40 CO2 laser engravers (which I upgraded to a Smoothieboard controller) and while I've only done this on a very easy school project for my son:
- I did the full design in Fusion
- I cut out a couple of plywood discs on the X-Carve
- Put those discs in the laser engraver and engraved lettering and graphics on the discs
- While at the same time 3D printed a knob design
- Then I took the engraved discs, added a small piece of dowel to one, fit the second disc loosely over the dowel, friction fit the 3D printed knob to hold everything together for the assembled project.

Just used Fusion to design and implement all the pieces from start to finish and ensure they'll fit together when assembled.

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Something for CNC Owners
« Reply #34 on: March 05, 2018, 02:38 PM »
Wow that look great, now I want a Tormek sharpening kit  [scared]

Mario
« Last Edit: October 04, 2018, 08:47 AM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline RDMuller

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Re: Something for CNC Owners
« Reply #35 on: March 05, 2018, 10:17 PM »
I have a Legacy Artly. For the time being they have 322 videos on Youtube.  Many of these deal with vcarve and aspire.  Videos