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General Mach Discussion / Re: Is this drawing too much for LazyCam?
« on: January 03, 2007, 12:50:01 PM »
Hi Chip,
It was still all messed up. I threw that file away and redrew the part and now it's working fine. I had a similar problem with a different drawing last night but I redrew it and then it was fine.  It's got to be something that's happening while drawing in TuboCad Mac that's causing it, but whatever it is it's beyond me at this point.  One thing I learned  through this ordeal is to draw my TC files in a single layer and then add additional layers to it while in LazyCam. Maybe that's not the correct way to go about it, but for now it's what works.

The main problem here is that I'm trying CAD CAM and CNC all at once and I'm in a rush because I can't afford much more down time in the shop. It's all sinking in little by little but it's still very easy to get confused.

thanks for your help,

General Mach Discussion / Re: Is this drawing too much for LazyCam?
« on: January 02, 2007, 03:49:18 PM »
Thanks afn09556, but I must be doing something really wrong here because you're drawing ends up looking even worse than the original in LC. And now it has a mysterious empty 4th layer as well as broken chains in layer 3.  All the panes in that window now have a two part cut with a rapid in the middle (that's how it cuts now) although LC only shows a single start point for each chain.
And then there's still the mess with the lead ins. The only thing auto clean seems to be able to do is make the entire drawing disappear.

The drawing I originally posted was an R12 DFX file according to TurboCad Mac and I've previously had problems with a few people not being able to open them with whatever programs they draw and cut with. So far there's no problem opening them in Mach3 or LC.
I Draw in TurboCad Mac and then transfer to the Mach3 PC on a Zip disk.
I'm running the latest version of Mach3 and LazyCam.

I've already cut quite a few very similar shapes with this setup of Mach3/LazyCam and have had much better results even though it's usually hit or miss with the lead ins and tool compensation.
There has to be something simple that I'm overlooking because cutting a simple 2d design can't possibly be this frustrating.

General Mach Discussion / Re: N5000
« on: January 02, 2007, 01:14:59 PM »
Thanks guys. The problem was indeed due to the demo limits.

General Mach Discussion / Is this drawing too much for LazyCam?
« on: January 02, 2007, 01:12:23 PM »
This is a pretty simple drawing but LC doesn't seem to know what to make of it.  If I load it I've got rapids running everywhere, but auto clean, regardless of settings, makes a mess of it.
There also seems to be a lot of confusion over inside and outside lead ins.

Can somebody please load this into LC and see what the problem is.


General Mach Discussion / Re: N5000
« on: December 28, 2006, 06:34:27 PM »
Hi, I just checked and it says it's the demo version and it should still be the demo version because I have not received any info on licensing yet. I was told by the dealer of the router that ArtSoft would be contacting me about it but so far nothing. Looks like I'll be contacting the dealer again.

I knew about the 1000 line demo limit, but was confused by the N5000 the program stops at. I guess I'm still not exactly sure what a "line" is.

General Mach Discussion / N5000
« on: December 28, 2006, 05:51:29 PM »
I'm new to CNC and have a bunch of questions about Mach3 and Lazy Cam, but I'll start with the one that confounds me the most.   Why does Mach3 stop moving when a file reaches N5000? The elapsed time counter keeps going as if it's still going but everything else stops.
Would this be the same reason a big chunk of my drawing also goes missing from the tool path window when I load the same file?

Might this have something to do with the Mach3 license I was supposed to receive from the guy I bought my CNC router from (but still have not received it)?


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