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Old 03-15-2012, 04:10 AM   #31 (permalink)
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When I was doing cabinets I loved vetric. Vcarve Pro is useful\cheap and cut3d is REALLY nice for folks who need 3d cutting that doesn't require much precision. Way back when I made This with Vcarve pro/cut3d/Mach 3 without knowing a damn thing about machining/making 3d models.


Never really learned about aspire but I was told it had alot of oomph to it.
Most 3D stuff on markers is just for looks anyway nothing else all the important stuff is done more precise
as you say it is so easy to use and up and ready in minutes not days

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they are worth it as they can do alot of stuff at 1/4 the price of most others
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:55 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Got the computer up and running last night and this morning.

Vista is a PITA to install. Had to toss the hard drive in another computer, delete the partition, and let Vista create a new volume. Would tell me no drives found when it asked me where to install it, but when I would hit browse to find a driver, it would let me browse the drive just fine - asinine. I have a legit copy of Vista Ultimate that I got free from MS, which I can keep re-using the key for as long as it's only on one computer at a time. Hence the reason for building it with Vista - no money out of pocket for a legal copy. Though I'm almost regretting not just tossing a copy of XP Corporate on there...

And in doing a mental tally of what was left to do, I got smacked with a how in the hell did that slip through moment: I never bought a male-male parallel cable to connect the computer to the Gecko. Looks like my hopes of test chips by the end of the weekend have been shattered. Have one on the way from Monoprice now.
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Have you considered running EMC2? Look into LinuxCNC.org

Free is good, and it runs pretty damn well.

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:55 PM   #34 (permalink)
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I've considered it, but the driver and stepper package I got came with a Mach 3 license. I may dual boot sometimes to give it a try.
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I have heard that EMC^2 is sometimes better depending on how "clean" your windows install is. Mach sometimes has to fight windows for resources and can have a problem with missed steps or inconsistent positioning. we are not talking a lot usually less than 0.0005 error but if your micro machining it can be an issue.
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:14 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Any updates, y0da? I been thinkin about going this route myself
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:04 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Almost done with the wiring, I had forgotten a few things when I ordered everything initially (parallel cable and small enough control wires). The solder cups on a DB9 connector don't like anything larger than 20 gauge, I had planning on using 14 left over from a job site I was on and forgot the gecko used those connectors.

Hoping to be running this weekend.
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:14 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Always the case with projects like these

I'll probably be picking your brain, as I'd really like a setup of my own, particularly a lathe.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:25 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Lathes seem to be much harder. Not much room under the cross slide on your typical 8x14.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #40 (permalink)
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A lathe will be a much more useful machine for me, but a CNC mill makes converting a lathe to CNC that much easier
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