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261  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Hey, new, just a question on: December 02, 2007, 09:08:18 PM
I've taken alook at  Vectrics Cut3D and MeshCAM and they both look very good...I'll have to download the demo's and try them out.
262  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Hey, new, just a question on: December 02, 2007, 08:01:40 PM
I help on the Artcam Forum if you need any post over there.

What you'll want to do is just simply import your models and create toolpaths...if there any details that need to be enhanced they have "Brush's" to carve in or smooth out details..
Another approch which has woeked out very well is to import "Alpha" images.. I've posted about it here: http://forum.artcam.com/viewtopic.php?t=3810

263  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Percent Complete on: December 02, 2007, 07:33:40 PM
WOW bdring nice job!!!

Here you go this will work Smiley:

Code:
Dim I
Dim textLine

Open FileName For Input As #1

While Not EOF(1)
Line Input #1, textLine
I = I + 1
Wend

Close #1

Call setuserDro(1200,I)

You can put this along side the "Load Gcode" button but....I think that the VB "load Gcode" is spitting an error...we'll have to report it to Art if any one else is getting this as well...
264  Mach Discussion / General Mach Discussion / Re: Hey, new, just a question on: December 02, 2007, 04:05:57 PM
I'm not sure of your application or tools available to you....but here are two ways that I know of that works best.

If you are making molds:
If you are exporting objects that are complex with under cuts your going to want to use a 3d printer. There is a volume of information on Zbrush. Check these links http://www.zbrushcentral.com/zbc/search.php?searchid=1422335

If you are using a 3 axis milling machine:

Artcam is very expensive...but... worth every penny if your serious about selling a product. I create a base model in 3d Max export it and add the fine details in Artcam and finally export toolpaths.

You can also import 3ds and STL into Rhino Mastercam and a number of other programs(cant remember when they made the change but I believe Maya 7 in plug'ins can activate "export 3ds")...but the files can be huge and CPU intensive...I've found Artcam to be the best at making the bridge, next best would be Rhino.

Rhino handles these files great if you don't try to modify anything and just produce the toolpaths.
265  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Percent Complete on: December 02, 2007, 01:37:47 PM
Bdring, Do you have two DRO's 1200 and 1201 in your screen somewhere? You'll have to enter the total number of lines on the "Program Run" page in the screen set I posted....you shouldn't get that error unless you don't have the DRO's displayed in your screen somewhere.

Hey Nick yeah I see what you mean that's totally true...I bet the best result would be to get the total distance the machine has to travel and the current machine speed to give an accurate percentage
266  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: Iconic on: December 02, 2007, 01:26:25 AM
Thanks Brett, sorry about the wait for the screen files, I cant seem to get it to upload to Artsoft's server...will have to shoot an email to Beny or Scott. It's saying the server timed out or the file is too big (file is about 2mb).

Hey Drew, no we don't have any right now and will be updating the current packs, since there has been some major changes in both Artsoft and Adobe, but I will be uploading a standard Lathe screen here in the next few days...

I'm intrested in doing a Jewelry Lathe layout, but not sure what all needs to be there, let me know if there are any good lathe layouts for jewelry making that can guide me in the right direction.
267  Mach Discussion / VB and the development of wizards / Re: Percent Complete on: December 01, 2007, 07:25:49 PM
Cant help but think Brains would be better then the Macropump and there is a automated way to get the last line of Gcode or total file size...

Nice thing about this is in Flash we can display bar graphics or images to display amount completed and invoke scripts once at any point.

Here is the standard Mach3 1024.set modified with a page that has a large toolpath and DRO displaying amount completed.
Also included is the Macropump file, remember to turn on your macropump in the config page.

Code:
filesize = GetOEMDRO(1200)
filecurrent = GetOEMDRO(816)

'=== Get percent ===
  completed = ((filecurrent / filesize) * 100)
  Call setuserDro(1201,completed )
268  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: Iconic on: December 01, 2007, 12:57:12 AM
All of the images are editable individually in Fireworks or Photoshop
269  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Re: Iconic on: December 01, 2007, 12:55:00 AM
There will be a free AlphaGraphicDesigns Pack for those who have purched Pack 1 coming to you soon.
We have decided to release this screen to the public for free.
270  Mach Discussion / Works in progress / Iconic on: December 01, 2007, 12:53:53 AM
ICONIC
Folder "Iconic" goes: C:\Mach3\Bitmaps\Iconic
Place the "Iconic.XML" anywhere you want.

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