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Post by architech on Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:53 pm

So i might have an opportunity to do some CNC work? LOL

A Friend of a friend is looking for someone - apparently they lost their only guy. He went overseas back home.

In the meantime, the company is holding out on past designs....

They need a quick solution incase a new design is needed.
I did some research, on the subject and apparently ..all you do is.... draw the steel parts in AutoCAD in 3D without PLINES, then save to a DXF and then translate the DXF to G-code.

They're is a couple of FREEWARE that converts DXF to G-code.

in anycase, i thin i'm ready, incase any1 else wants to add to my tips.... that i found...

any1 here have experience with this stuff?

any other tip would be appreciated.

Thanks Arch. Smile

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Post by Alan Cullen on Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:22 am

CNC? "Come n Copy"? "Can't negotiate Contract"? Wouldn't have a clue what that stuff is. I just draw dirt with bulldozers playing in it.

Long live Tonka Toys .....LOL CNC Job 292743

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Post by architech on Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:13 pm

ya know...
i dont know what CNC stands for myself...

however, its a common term we yanks use over here...

here the link that explains what CNC means and does...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_control

A.

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Post by Rickard5 on Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:36 am

What ya need to Know Archi?
Sounds like you're drawing for a 3 Axis or 5 Axis Machining center,
Creating the Drawing is the easy part, Now setting the Tool Paths is what separates me From your average Cad Operator from one of those Strip Mall CAD Schools now if your just doing flat cutting e.g. Water Jet or Laser that c r a p is easy, any monkey with a mose can do it CNC Job 787983

my best advice id if this guy is using f FREEWARE that converts DXF to G-code, get your money UPFRONT and make him responsible for all tooling, you'll spend a ton of $$$$ on new tooling (Mills, drills, taps, ect) learning what not to do in a tool path

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