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Aspire software
« on: January 27, 2014, 07:43:14 PM »
Another noob question but I've searched and no answers

I have aspire 4.0 that gives a file type .crv3d.  I can't get this file to load in gcode.  I try to load the file but the window is blank, no gcode loaded.  I can't find crv or crv3d file types listed.  What am I missing here.  Sorry if it's a stupid question but I can't find how to load these files.

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Re: Aspire software
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2014, 07:54:51 PM »
You don't load those files. Those are Aspire files, for saving Aspire projects. Once you create your toolpaths, you need to export your g-code by clicking on the floppy disk icon in the toolpath menu.
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Re: Aspire software
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 08:02:28 PM »
Are you running the demo version? If so it doesn't allow creation of gcode. For that you have to buy the program. To load it into Mach 3 the .crv3d has to be converted to Gcode (.txt)

Aspire has a forum site you might want to check out.

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Re: Aspire software
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 08:06:38 PM »
The demo can export g-code for the included sample files.
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Re: Aspire software
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 05:13:42 AM »
Another noob question but I've searched and no answers

I have aspire 4.0 that gives a file type .crv3d.  I can't get this file to load in gcode.  I try to load the file but the window is blank, no gcode loaded.  I can't find crv or crv3d file types listed.  What am I missing here.  Sorry if it's a stupid question but I can't find how to load these files.

Storm, The .CRV3D is a saved 3D cad drawing file. You need to create a toolpath (Which gives you a G-code) from that drawing. You'll be able to create toolpaths in Aspire and I believe Aspire has a post processor for creating G code for running on Mach3.

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Re: Aspire software
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 12:14:14 PM »
Thanks guys, I knew it was something simple that I had over looked.  So much to learn lol.

Another question.  I am using 2 tools for this project.  One for roughing and then the finish tool.  I have both toolpaths saved.  I had to use the Mach 3 ATC in order to do that.  I was looking at the g-code and can't find where it stops to change tools.  Have I over looked something simple again.

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Re: Aspire software
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 01:05:12 PM »
Look for the line with an M6 - Should be something like T1 M6
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Re: Aspire software
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2014, 01:26:21 PM »
I see that at the beginning of the g-code file. Let me explain a bit further.  I ran this file on a sample piece of wood.  It seemed as though it ran the roughing toolpath and then went right in to the finish toolpath without stopping to change tools.  Is there something I need to add to get it to stop in order to change tools.  Not exactly sure what to expect or where.  Thanks for the help
Re: Aspire software
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2014, 01:39:04 PM »
Sounds like you have the same tool set up for both tool paths, otherwise the post processor would put a tool change in.

Are both tool paths saved as one programme or seperate programmes?
Re: Aspire software
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2014, 01:53:02 PM »
Thought...  ??? Have you numbered each tool ie, T1 is for roughing, T2 is for finishing. The post processor wouldn't recognise a tool change is required otherwise, it would use the same tool for both strategiesm and therefore not stop between roughing and finishing

First tool in g code line should read
T1 M6
Mach would then run the roughing programme
Then second tool in g code should read
T2 M6
It would then tool change and run the finishing programme

If your using Aspire to create the tool path, at the bottom of the tool database screen (where you select which tool your using) you'll see 'Tool Number' selection box with a drop down next to it.
Obv as mentioned above - select Tool 1 for roughing and Tool 2 for Finishing