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I took a college course a year ago in Solidworks. After the class ended I converted some hand sketches to CAD drawings. I got pretty good with Solidworks but got busy at work and in my own shop. Went an entire year without using Solidworks until this week. Have a project at work where I had hand sketches and converting them to CAD. I'm learning Solidworks for the second time and already think I'm better than ever after short sessions in the last few days. I understand Solidworks is a spin off of Auto-CAD. Therefore, knowing some Auto-CAD can be helpful when learning Solidworks. Objects are drawing in 3-D (part drawing) from the beginning. Converting to a 3-view drawing (or Orthagraphic projection) is done last. Assemblies are another strong point for Solidworks. What you do is open several part drawings and then click and drag them into an assembly page. Very impressive to take a pin and piece with a hole and actually insert the pin in the hole. Hopefully, Solidworks users can come here and learn form each other. I have no one to help me so I sometimes slug it out for several minutes or hours.
Looking for something that can create thumbnails that can be printed, say 12 to a page, from standard dxf files... I use A9 cad, and only option there is single dxf/ single page print.. any recommendations??
I am building a CNC router table to cut 3/4" plywood. I am looking into getting a belt that is an 1" wide and has a pitch of 3/8" (is this pitch too big)? also what are normal prices for these belts I might be paying approx $85 CAN for a 10ft length Thanks for the input
I am look for a ah, well, you see I don't quite no what to call it. The drive mechanism for a stationary lead screw design. The whole assembly (including gearing) between the stepper and up to and including the (hopefully anti-backlash) lead nut. I don't know what to call it nor do I know where to find it. Any suggestions for COT equipment of this sort? Or am I stuck with fabing it up myself?
What board manufacturers around for the 5-6 axis boards, what are my options? Any in the price range for the home market?
Hi, Anyone suggest suitable wood router spindle drive? I've been looking at shotbot's website and they sure look much more robust square framed motors then the standard hand router, covered in plastic that you'll find in the DIY stores... The issue I've got about just purchasing a motor off epay for example is that it will not have a chuck. An links to manufacturers that other people's used for spindle drives would be gratefully acce
I am using a generic 4 axis mill post for fanuc in inches and I just started programing for a horizontal boring mill it has x axis table movement y axis spindle up and down z axis spindle in and out also it has a rotary table with b axis and the w axis movex the spindle column. Does master cam make a post that will take w into consideration when writing a program ?I have been programming for VMC for a long time now and use the touch off method to set my tools so I am now exploring what it takes to run an hbm any help would be greatly appreciated even a suggestion to a book or reference would be helpful. I am confident I will learn how to make it work I would just like to learn it faster and with as less problems as possible
I don't see a good way to create a Drag Knife toolpath in BobCAD. I can go in and add the lead in and out paths to lines myself, but for larger work this would be VERY cumbersome. I have put in a feature request to have this added by BobCAD, if you think it would be of use to you, please put in a feature request as well. BobCAM-CAM Software Issue Report, Feature Request | CAD/CAM | BobCAD-CAM My understanding is that Aspire has added this functionality, would be nice to see it in BobCAD. If you are currently doing Drag Knife work in BobCAD, please post your workflow so we can see how you accommodate it! Does anyone know of an open source Drag Knife toolpath creation option? I have searched via Google and came up empty...
Is there anyone out there using Edgecam? And why are the users of this software creating their component drawings in other packages such as Solidworks or Autocad then importing? Is this down to what software they already know best or is it down to the cad side of Edgecam is not up to the job ? Be real good if you guys can help so i know which way to turn.
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