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My 2 Cents
06-08-2009, 04:10 PM
For all your drawings.
What do you use?
Whats your favorite?
At work I have Solidworks and at home I have Autocad 06.
Have to say Solidworks is my favorite cause I don't have experience with any other programs.
Anyone try Rhino? A friend from highschool likes it, and it looks cheap. Don't think its to much of a engineering program but it looks like it can do some fun things. http://www.rhino3d.com/
06-08-2009, 04:30 PM
At work for the past 19 years we have used Microstation, of course it has changed quite significantly in that time. We use it for designing roadways and roadway details. I have experience with AutoCad through version 14 and a mulititude of inexpensive CAD programs. I would love to try Solidworks or Rhino.
I am attaching some older photos of my DIY JGRO CNC machine and the control box I built from a kit and the stepper motors that are now mounted on the machine. I am using MACH3 software; I start with a 2D drawing and then export that to gcode and add tool paths and such and as of yet I have not cut anything yet, still tinkering with it.
PS - www.cnczone.com - a great site
06-09-2009, 04:48 PM
I have just started to learn Solidworks, and OMG!!! I cannot believe how powerful it is.
For my CNC operation I use ACAD 2000 for my drawings then inport the 2D drawings into D2NC. D2NC converts a DXF file into GCode. I am running the full version of Mach3 to control my machine.
I converted a Grizzly X2 mini mill into CNC, with an enclosure, spindle and coolant control.
Hey DeadTom, I am running the same stepper controller you are from HobbyCNC. You will love it! I just put a filter on the fan to keep the dust out of the enclosure, and I put a plastic mesh infront of the air holes in the front. I have mine set up in my shop and if I left the holes open I would have dirt dobber nests in there.
06-09-2009, 05:31 PM
Hey Prontow that filter is a good idea, this has been on my mind with all the dust that will be around when cutting.
I started this about 3 years ago and I need to just finish it up. Yes, the HobbyCNC boards are very nice quality, this one is the 4 axis but I am only using 3 at this time and I bought another older 4 axis board that I need to get together as I was thinking of converting a HarbourFreight mill to CNC.
Can you post some pics of your conversion it sounds like a fine setup.
My 2 Cents
06-09-2009, 05:55 PM
What kind of pieces are both of you cutting with your machine?
06-09-2009, 11:10 PM
Mine has not cut anything yet, but is was built to cut G10, CF, Balsa, Lite Plywood and mostly wood products. The cutting area is like x=20", y=30", z=5", might be a little larger but large enough for right now. I have another 4 axis controller card that will likely end up on a Harbour Freight mini mill so I can mill metal parts, mostly aluminum.