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How Do I create shapes that can be cut with my hotwire
« on: January 26, 2010, 04:59:06 PM »
Hello

I was planning on generating g-code with deskcnc to use in Mach3 to run my cnc hotwire.  I am un sure of how I am going to create the shapes that I want to cut and use them with the software.  I will be creating fairly simple shapes, but I will to be need to able to resize portions of the shape by an 1/8th of an inch.  It might be called offsetting the shape but I don't know because I am new! ;D  Thanks a bunch for reading and any advice you could give would be great!

Blake
« Last Edit: January 26, 2010, 05:02:40 PM by blake374 »
Re: How Do I create shapes that can be cut with my hotwire
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010, 08:03:22 PM »
no one?
Re: How Do I create shapes that can be cut with my hotwire
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 07:50:39 PM »
Not familiar with deskcnc, but most CNC software will allow you to add offset.

The easiest way may be to export the file to LazyCam (you can do that from Mach3) and then add a 1/8 inch offset.  You may need a LC pro license to do offsets.

If that is not an option look at CADX11  http://www.graytechsoftware.com/ They have a free version of CADX11 that will do what you want.

Several fairly inexpensive ways to do it.  Shoot me a message if you need more info.

Bob@BobsShop