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I am look for a ah, well, you see I don't quite no what to call it. The drive mechanism for a stationary lead screw design. The whole assembly (including gearing) between the stepper and up to and including the (hopefully anti-backlash) lead nut. I don't know what to call it nor do I know where to find it. Any suggestions for COT equipment of this sort? Or am I stuck with fabing it up myself?
What board manufacturers around for the 5-6 axis boards, what are my options? Any in the price range for the home market?
Hi, Anyone suggest suitable wood router spindle drive? I've been looking at shotbot's website and they sure look much more robust square framed motors then the standard hand router, covered in plastic that you'll find in the DIY stores... The issue I've got about just purchasing a motor off epay for example is that it will not have a chuck. An links to manufacturers that other people's used for spindle drives would be gratefully acce
I am using a generic 4 axis mill post for fanuc in inches and I just started programing for a horizontal boring mill it has x axis table movement y axis spindle up and down z axis spindle in and out also it has a rotary table with b axis and the w axis movex the spindle column. Does master cam make a post that will take w into consideration when writing a program ?I have been programming for VMC for a long time now and use the touch off method to set my tools so I am now exploring what it takes to run an hbm any help would be greatly appreciated even a suggestion to a book or reference would be helpful. I am confident I will learn how to make it work I would just like to learn it faster and with as less problems as possible
I don't see a good way to create a Drag Knife toolpath in BobCAD. I can go in and add the lead in and out paths to lines myself, but for larger work this would be VERY cumbersome. I have put in a feature request to have this added by BobCAD, if you think it would be of use to you, please put in a feature request as well. BobCAM-CAM Software Issue Report, Feature Request | CAD/CAM | BobCAD-CAM My understanding is that Aspire has added this functionality, would be nice to see it in BobCAD. If you are currently doing Drag Knife work in BobCAD, please post your workflow so we can see how you accommodate it! Does anyone know of an open source Drag Knife toolpath creation option? I have searched via Google and came up empty...
Is there anyone out there using Edgecam? And why are the users of this software creating their component drawings in other packages such as Solidworks or Autocad then importing? Is this down to what software they already know best or is it down to the cad side of Edgecam is not up to the job ? Be real good if you guys can help so i know which way to turn.
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