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Offline TMan

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2008, 09:20:31 PM »
THANK YOU!

I've always had the tendency to over complicate things....HA!

This new venture is really making me use my noggin for a change....

Thanks Gentlemen!

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2008, 07:38:21 PM »
Went back and done a 2D...

Now when I load up to lazycam, my curvature lines between points 1/2/3 straighten out.

I'm in trail version of Mach, is this the reason? OR, do I need to go back to ViaCad...?

Thanks!!
« Last Edit: November 30, 2008, 07:43:14 PM by TMan »

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2008, 09:03:44 PM »
TMan ,
her is a link to some basic info on  lazycam that will help you. http://www.machsupport.com/forum/index.php/topic,8426.0.html

Your dxf file shows no curvature and also note that with the additional lines drawn you will have a hard time
with it in lazycam so take a look at the manual.
 
I don't know anything about Viacad so can't help you on the dxf which it produces..
RICH

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2008, 10:20:41 PM »
Thanks Rich!

Already downloaded the manual there. Benn going over it...think I'm trying to take too much info in this old head to quick....

Really think those additional lines added will be a problem? Really something that I need....

Thanks Again!

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2008, 01:37:04 AM »
Hi, TMan

Hear are some pic's of your dxf

# 1 is as you drew it, to much Info.
# 2 is as needed to generate a profile.
# 3 is pic of code generated.
# 4 is G-code to load in Mach3 Turn.

Getting late no time to exp further, tonight, Chip
« Last Edit: December 01, 2008, 12:43:55 PM by Chip »

Offline TMan

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2008, 08:03:09 AM »
Thank you Chip!

I see what I done wrong, I'm still adding too much 3D info. Need only the outside demensions. Was very suprised to see the text box show up in my referance points 1/2/3 I added to try and explain where the curvature lines should be and show on my end. I need to spend more time finding out why this is...and what to do about it.

Thank You again Gentlemen! Thank You!

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2008, 01:06:15 PM »
Hi, TMan

Hears the DXF file of profile I used. Used LazyTurn to generate the Rough path and LazyCam to generate the Finish path.

Then combined the 2 post's and edited them into 1 post "G-code" File.

It's a pretty steep learning curve, The DXF's you use for generating your G-code need to Only have the Final Profile.

Hope this Helps, Iet us Now.

Thanks, Chip

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2008, 02:38:02 PM »
Thank You Chip!

Yeah, I contacted ViaCad about the curvature turning to lines. I was told that I would have to go with Shark FX @ $1795 to avoid that....WAY to steep for a hobby...being all I need is something that can do a few curves in 2D...

So, I'm going to have to search for something else....I'm sure the $100 I wasted on the ViaCad and time spent to learn what I did won't be the last in this journey..

SO, does anyone have a suggestion where I may look to find a program that will do 2D with curves and work with Mach3 Lazycam Turn? Really don't need anything high end, just do what the above files show, w/a few curves. The files posted is as complicated as I have need for. No milling, just lathe in mind.  Nothing more. I won't be designing transmissions for a dump truck....

Fellas, I really appreciate your time! It means more to me than you know!

Thanks!
« Last Edit: December 01, 2008, 02:40:03 PM by TMan »

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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2008, 08:15:28 AM »
Have a look at CAMBAM, its free to try and only $149.00 to buy if it fits you needs.

It is mainly for mill work but will produce lathe profiles and export as DXF for LazyCAM.

http://www.cambam.co.uk/

Graham
« Last Edit: December 02, 2008, 08:17:54 AM by Graham Waterworth »
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Re: ViaCad
« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2008, 09:30:16 AM »
Gentlemen, the problem has been solved! It was as simple as converting the splined curvature to polyline!!

I say simple...it kept me awake last night!!

I can't express how happy I am!!

Thanks to all of you that responded to my post! There was a lesson learned in each and every post here for me!

Thanks Again!