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Note that CB only knows dimensionless numbers.
It is your milling machine that adds the dimension of either mm or inches as it moves either xxx inches or xxx mm.
CB can do scaling to do the conversions (>edit>transform>resize), but it does not try to outguess the user and do things by itself.

Scripts and Plugins / Re: V-Engrave Plugin
« on: March 17, 2020, 13:58:54 pm »
I download files, e.g. CamBam plugins into a folder on my D: drive, Windows is on C:
The dll's 'unblock' without problems and I then move them into CamBam's 'plugin' folder.

For me the key was to unblock the files in a directory with all access and then to move them to the plugin folder.


CamBam help (General usage) / Re: Plasma - Tangent Lead-Ins Fixed?
« on: March 05, 2020, 12:01:32 pm »
Isn't the lead-in placement determined by whether it is an inside or outside profile?
Have you tried this?
I can't remember ever seeing the default lead-in placements being wrong.

Members Machines / Re: Cool... ehrhm.. now what?
« on: February 19, 2020, 17:37:21 pm »
Are you going to design/build your own watch movements?

Well.. I might in the Future, but let's first start with making some parts.. and go from there

Hi Arie,
If you are getting into movements this may be interesting for you:

They are pretty well along making an open source movement. At some point parts will be available.
That will be a great help, having open source parts.

CamBam help (General usage) / Re: Mouse selection bounding box problem
« on: January 26, 2020, 13:02:45 pm »
Update to CB 1.0. What you describe is a known problem in CB 9.8.
Have fun!

CamBam help (General usage) / Re: Completely CamBoozled
« on: December 31, 2019, 10:37:34 am »
It may be the file you are trying to work on.
Can you upload it here so we can test?

Hi Bill,

Crossover distance is the right parameter.
If the distance to be moved in the XY-plane is more than the cross over distance the tool is raised.
If the distance to be moved is less than the crossover distance the tool is not raised.
If you set the crossover distance very large it can happen that the tool is not raised when it should be.

The outstanding question is if this parameter has effect also for engraving.  I am not sure.


As it was (44 Deg C) here yesterday
OMG, you will have to start compensating the expansion of your machine!
I hope you are at least far from the fires.

Hi Jinx,
I'm not exactly sure what your are asking for, but if it is speeds & feeds I use two sources for this info:
1) the documentation from toolmakers.
2) the app from HSM Advisor

With a new material I try to check both sources and then start out at half the feed they recommend.
This does depend on many things such as the out-of-round of your collets/spindle that those source can't know.

Start conservatively and then try out how far you can up your speeds.
This is an art, not a science.

If your question is really about the suitability of any certain material, I'm sorry, I can't help there.

Have fun,

CamBam help (General usage) / Re: Hole Circle?
« on: September 29, 2019, 12:38:32 pm »

Edit->Transform->Polar Array Copy


Members Machines / Re: New Bandsaw (NEW new)
« on: August 28, 2019, 12:36:27 pm »
Just hope that none of the other parts of the machine are mounted upside down... that's worrying.

Related Softwares / Re: Alibre CAD - Any Users Here? Any Good?
« on: June 09, 2019, 09:08:33 am »
The Alibre CAM solution is a plugin from MecSoft.
I know that it exists, but not more.
I have been using AD for a long time and AD-CAM did not exist when I started out.
In the meantime I have a good workflow using CB.
For that reason I have not looked into AD-CAM at all.

Related Softwares / Re: Alibre CAD - Any Users Here? Any Good?
« on: June 08, 2019, 17:25:13 pm »
Hi Bob,
I have been using Alibre Design (AD) for about 10 years now and am not planning on changing.
It does everything I have ever needed and I found the learning curve to be steep, but quick.
I do not know any of the CAD programs you mentioned, but I find AD to be very similar to SolidWorks.
In recent years I have used AD, SolidWorks and CATIA.
I much prefer AD to the other two, but presume that is because I know AD the best.
AD has 3 different version starting at €215 for the hobby version and going up to €1900 for the expert version
(prices in Germany including all taxes, I have no idea what the US$ prices are.)
AD had a period where it belonged to 3DS, the 3d printer company, in which it languished a bit.
The old management has bought it back and it is now moving forward again with big improvements with every new version.
I would take the chance on AD, especially as it is not an subscription product.
Purchase it and us it as long as you want.
Best, Don

When I read
"ChipLoad = .008-.012', or ,02-,03mm"

I see 0.008 -0.012 feet... which is about 2 to 3 mm
Something is very strange here, please check the units used. In my book '=feet, "=inches.


Related Softwares / Re: Latest recomendation for CAD software?
« on: April 27, 2019, 19:44:06 pm »
I use Alibre and am very happy with it.
They had some hard years when they were bought by 3DS, but now they are back under the old management and development is continuing.
I recommend it.

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