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dxf files for Turn
« on: September 11, 2008, 06:43:57 AM »
I have managed to set up my Emco compact 5 and Mach turn and now
need to cut some profiles. I have never drawn profiles for turning and when
i tried some simple stuff Easycam would not load the drawing.
Can anyone share a few sample DXF drawings to get me started.

Thanks :P

Spnar
Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 07:20:56 AM »
I use Qcad. For me a very good cad program that outputs standard dxf.
Lazycam opens it, in am not sure if lazyturn can do it, but the bases are the same so it should also (I never tried it).

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Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008, 08:50:28 AM »
I use AutoCad for all my drawings.
What i need is one or two simple drawings just to get an idea of what Lazycam needs
Let us say i need to turn a simple profile which has a straight part with some decorative
features . Should i draw the full profile of the part or just half along the Z axis.
Also will Lazycam need to know where the Z axis centerline for this part is.
Having a couple of sample drawings can help me figure these things out.

Thanks
Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008, 09:29:14 AM »
I do not use Autocad, but you should save the output in autocad for old compatibility, like R12 or something.
New autocad versions make dxf with more complex, and probably that is confusing lazycam.
Try qcad, is free.

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Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008, 10:52:14 AM »
I will provide two examples for your use later today. Maybe write up some comments to make some points and shorten your learning curve.

RICH
 

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Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2008, 01:19:18 PM »
Hi FTOMATZZ
I have tried saving the work in R12  etc but still no result.
I'm pretty sure i am doing something wrong.
Thanks for your help

Hi RICH
Would greatly appreciate your help

spnar

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Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2008, 09:26:09 PM »
spnar,
I thought I would help you help yourself to generate some code for that lathe of yours using the Wizards.
Attached is a little tutorial on how to use one of them. This way you can get all the gcode you want
to play around with and learn some things at the same time.

Also attached is a DXF file for one of the pulleys made for a scale model. You can see the finished piece using the link below.
The gcode was generated by Lazcam and cut using MACH Turn. I will look for a file I have somewhere on getting
started with Lazcam. 

 :) RICH






http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,8195.msg51833.html#msg51833
« Last Edit: September 11, 2008, 09:32:56 PM by RICH »

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Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008, 10:07:40 PM »
spanr,
Found the file on using Lazycam to generate Gcode for the lathe. Hopefully it will help you and feel free to comment
on it. The intent here is that you draw something, import it, a couple of clicks and off you go.
 ;) RICH

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Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2008, 02:05:08 AM »
Hi Rich

Will be going thru the material you sent .
Much appreciated

Thanks ;D

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Re: dxf files for Turn
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2008, 03:03:50 AM »
You have to much time on your hands Rich ;D but very nice work :)
Hood