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  • in reply to: Building DIYLILCNC in Canada #3101

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    @cdndave : “Could the panels be CNC’ed instead of laser’ed?”

    Yes, most definitely. I’ve prepared the cnc files already for my machine. Just need to find more free time to do some cutting and fit tests. If all goes as planned, I will share with everyone else :)

    @Schweppes : “For unmodified panels made of 1/4” a44 supplied steel plate, costs 1,659$”

    Honestly, not to detract from the diylilcnc project; but if you’re going to go to that cost for material there are better designs. Are you familiar with a product called 8020 ?

    Dremels… I plan on using a Porter Cable 7310 compact laminate trimmer. K2 makes an aluminum bracket for cnc purposes, but I believe the stock base plate could be modified easily for mounting. There are many tooling options with 1/4″ shank

    in reply to: Building DIYLILCNC in Canada #3088

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    @Darryl : I’m in Kelowna. I don’t know of any local suppliers for most of the mechanical components, but the fastners (bolts/washers/machine screws) are easy to get locally.

    Once and a while I run into problems bringing fasters across the border because of anti dumping laws, but everything else should be fine.

    My plan is to cut out the pieces on a cnc router, and dogbone/fillet the joints (round tooling cannot create a square inside corner). Will keep you guys posted once I get a new 1/16″ end mill

    in reply to: Vector shapes and tool pathing #3077

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    Interesting, VCarve imports the layer names, but only layer 1 has data. Sketchup imports all the layers properly, and can be viewed. Thanks for the tip :)

    Do you know of a decent open source cad software for working with 2d/dxf files?

    in reply to: Vector shapes and tool pathing #3075

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    It would seem some of the issues are corrected with the DXF; but alas there are new ones.

    Circles are now almost vector lines, they are now 4-piece open vector circles. I have to manually join/close them to apply a cutting tool path. All other vectors are joined and closed properly.

    Perhaps I’m just a DXF newb, but I can only get the ‘first page’ when loading it. Both in google sketchup, and vectric vcarve. I would imagine there should be one dxf file, for each 16×32″ sheet to be cut.

    Otherwise it loads to scale correctly and ready for me to design some tool paths to cut this on a cnc router :)

    in reply to: Vector shapes and tool pathing #3072

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    Good morning Taylor,

    Yes they are imported as 16 four-sided rectangles. Shapes instead of lines. I believe it is a drawing issue, as importing is very straight forward. Like I said, not all are being created this way.

    I was going to post a screen cap, but I could not see how to attach files, inline images, or any rules in regards to posting offsite links. Wasn’t sure so didn’t do it.

    Please advise.

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