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Offline lrj

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New machine build
« on: April 24, 2010, 06:42:23 PM »
Hello all:  I am new to the cnc world, i just completed my first machine build. I used rockcliff driver,24vdc power supply, 270 oz. bipolar steppers, with their fixed gantry moving Y table.If anybody has any tips on software and how i can start into cutting and get my feet wet. Many Thanks, LRJ

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Re: New machine build
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2010, 07:48:04 PM »
It's too late now, but I usually recommend learning how the software works, and the entire process, before building the machine. It makes it a lot easier to use when it's finished. :) First thing to do is watch all the videos, to learn how Mach3 works.

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Re: New machine build
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 08:17:03 PM »
The experts on this forum are second to none. I cut my first chips
by getting advice from here.
Depending on what you want to do with the machine, I'm a
big fan of Vetric software. I have VcarvePro, but Aspire is the
newest. I have yet to out grow VcarvePro.
Just my two cents.
Good luck!!!
olf20 / Bob
Mach3, Atlas Knee Mill, 4th Axis, VcarvePro, ESS, Super PID.
Been Heating with corn since 1998

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Re: New machine build
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2010, 02:23:40 AM »

The Vectric website http://www.vectric.com/ has many free examples which you can cut to get more experience of your machine and Mach use.

There are many free software programs available, some good - others of marginal use. The first detail profile shapes I made, were using 'G-Simple' which can be found here http://www.gsimple.gr/

Re: New machine build
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2010, 08:57:31 PM »
High five to the VCarve Pro guy...I'm on that program daily ;D