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Vcarve operations

Post by acourtjester » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:19 pm

HI
I just started to look over and work with the Vcarve option. I have not found how to direct the tool path as you can with Plasma to have the option for on the line, inside offset and outside offset. I want to do inlays and would need to be able to select inside or outside functions.
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Re: Vcarve operations

Post by Les Newell » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:43 pm

The V carving option is for 'chip carving' where the cut depth is dependent on the available space. It's good for signs and decorative carving but probably not what you want. If you are doing inlays you probably want to pocket the part the inlay goes into and do an outside offset on whatever you are inlaying. Do you have milling/routing enabled? (look in Options->machine)

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Re: Vcarve operations

Post by acourtjester » Sun Sep 15, 2019 2:14 am

Thanks for the reply I do have the drilling/milling enabled. I did some test routing today and it will do what I want I will Vcare the inside (pocket)when the shape is only what you want without an outside layer. and it will do the outside(plug) if you have a box around the shape. Vcarve inlays :D
There is a small detail I need to work out, but it looks very good. This is much easier that EstlCAM, or F-engrave. :lol:
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Re: Vcarve operations

Post by robertspark » Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:46 am

I've got to ask... acoutjester, what do you mean by Vcarve

vcarving needs a v shaped tool so that you pocket out in a v shape

https://youtu.be/z-PjzJLlW0U

inlays are a different animal and not vcarving.

the problem I suspect (although never used the software) is vectric has a piece of software called vcarve.... but it doesn't only do vcarving but lots of other processes too.... pocket , profile, pocket etc .... plus the vcarve operation which is sort of a pocket operation... but instead of routing out to the outer shape what it does is chooses a midpoint between two lines and the knowing the tool is say a 90degree countersink type bit it will drop the z down from the centre point until the outer edges of the tool touch the lines in the cad file on either side of that calculated midpoint toolpath line

keen to see some of your work
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Re: Vcarve operations

Post by Les Newell » Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:33 pm

I assume you are using the V carving operation to sharpen the corners. You can also do that using 'overcut corners' in the 'Cut path' tab. Overcut is available in both contour and pocket operations.

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Re: Vcarve operations

Post by robertspark » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:33 pm

Les is overcut the same as a dogbone?
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Re: Vcarve operations

Post by Les Newell » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:35 pm

It is if you use a parallel cutter. If you use a V cutter , the cutter ramps up into the corner, creating a sharp corner.

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