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  #31  
Old Wed 18 January 2012, 07:40
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Working with DXF CLIP ART & BobCAD

Question: What is the DXF Design ART to PART Volume 1

Answer: A book used as an image guide that will allow you to locate DXF files ( on CD ) that you want to machine.

These files have already been vectorized so they are ready to work with.

Question: Can I save the files on my computer?

Answer: Yes, just copy the files off the CD and past them somewhere on your computer.

Question: Can I scale copy move and edit the DXF files

Answer: Yes, yes you can.

Watch this video link to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/wvnRYp0lL

If you have more questions please let me know.

Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader
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  #32  
Old Wed 08 February 2012, 09:52
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Profile Cutting Options BobCAD CAM

Cutting Profiles with BobCAD-CAM

Profile cutting is so common almost any 2D part you machine requires this type of tool path. From finishing the wall of a pocket to cutting around the outside shape of a part, profiling is essential.
We offer 3 types of profile options that accommodate for different profiling needs. These options can be found under patterns of the Mill 2 Axis Wizard

Standard:
Our standard profile cuttings allow for a rough and finish tool, stock for finish, lead in / out options and step down in z. This is the most common profile cutting tool path.
Watch a video to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/uaoSCEa1e

Contour Ramping:
This option allows you to ramp the tool around any profile. Common uses are for helical milling & slot milling. You control the angle of cut or a step down distance.
Watch a video to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/PB7txTXU7RL

Side Roughing:
Allow you to walk the tool in to a profile. Works best where you have more stock to cut then the cutter can take on a single pass.
Watch a video to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/4TNtJHmvWXW


With all profile cutting features you have compensation options, Allowing BobCAD to offset for the cutter, or to call cutter comp (G41 G42). These compensation options allow for wear comp, cutter comp, and center line cutting.

Using our profile tool path you can cut slots, shoulders, letters, holes, filets, t slots, dove tails, form shapes and other common every day 2D milling features.


If you have any questions please let me know.

Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader
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  #33  
Old Tue 10 April 2012, 14:09
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
V24 Lessons

Profile Wizard:
http://www.bobcad.com/wp-content/med...ile-wizard.pdf

Hole Wizard
http://www.bobcad.com/wp-content/med...ole-wizard.pdf

Simple Z level Roughing
http://www.bobcad.com/wp-content/med...l-roughing.pdf

2 Axis Engraving
http://www.bobcad.com/wp-content/med...-engraving.pdf

V Carve
http://www.bobcad.com/wp-content/med...24/v-carve.pdf

Design & Machine Parts Part 1
http://www.bobcad.com/wp-content/med...chine-part.pdf

Design & Machine Parts Part 2
http://www.bobcad.com/wp-content/med...ine-part-2.pdf
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  #34  
Old Fri 13 April 2012, 09:11
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Learn the truth about BobCAD-CAM

You’ve heard about BobCAD CAM, but have you seen the software in action?
Participate in this special on line demonstration and learn the truth about world’s most powerful, affordable CAD CAM system.

This presentation will be hosted by Cody Sheppard, where he will walk you through 2D and 3D programming examples. Learn about features and benefits BobCAD CAM offers.

Sign up today
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/261745984

If you have any questions or comments about participating in this event please feel free to contact me.

Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader
866-408-3226 X147
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  #35  
Old Fri 13 April 2012, 13:47
Kenrbass
Just call me: Ken
 
Richmond Tx
United States of America
Al, I appreciate that you gave me a free copy of v24, but when the post processor wouldn't work, you stopped contacting me and would not return my emails. I deleted my free copy and feel happy that I didn't buy it.
Ken
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  #36  
Old Fri 13 April 2012, 13:51
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Ken,

Are you the shop bot guy that I gave free software to prove out a post processor?

Al DePoalo
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  #37  
Old Fri 13 April 2012, 13:57
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Ken,

I don't currently recall your account as I work with many clients. But if you could provide a little more information I could find your account and what happened.

My guess is you are a shopbot user, I might be wrong but I think so. We were working on a conversational post processor which at that time did not work.

If I am wrong, please share with the group what controller you using.

Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader.

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  #38  
Old Sat 14 April 2012, 02:53
sailfl
Just call me: Nils #12
 
Winter Park, FL
United States of America
Mike,

I understand that you want to provide an open forum for people that sell stuff can sell their products but it is clear that Al DePoalo does not understand his market on this forum and does not support the users of this forum.
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  #39  
Old Sat 14 April 2012, 06:40
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Nils, I think that this thread shows the true business style of BobCAD....and gives us the reasons why not to do business with them.
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  #40  
Old Mon 16 April 2012, 08:22
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
This is a hard pill to swallow as I work so very hard on customer service and support. The issue with Ken was my fault, I should never of given him a Free seat of our software to start with. I thought that giving him a free would motivate him to help me with posting to the conversational shop bot. Bottom line I did not make the time to clear up that issue, and Ken stopped emailing, I got busy.

In no way does this reflect the customer service and support I supply to my clients. If any BobCAD CAM customers are in this forum that I have worked with directly, chime in and let everyone know what kind of support I offer.

Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader
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  #41  
Old Wed 18 April 2012, 19:50
Castone
Just call me: Leo #41
 
Soddy Daisy , Tn
United States of America
I have used Master Cam, Art Cam, Aspire and several others, of them all Bob Cad has to be the worst in all area's of use, not to mention the agravation of them calling you all the time to upgrade, try calling for help , good luck. I have a full set which includes their art add on. Not worth giving it away. Save your money buy 3D cut or Aspire.
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  #42  
Old Thu 19 April 2012, 05:53
Neil
Just call me: Neil
 
Tas
Australia
Hi All
Having virtually no experience with CNC macines, I cannot really comment on the intricacies of Bobcad, I have used this software just for a short time on some 2D work and managed to get the machine cutting. My favourable experience was due to Als informative postings. At least he is out there circulating and knows his product, which cannot be said for other salesmen

Regards Neil

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  #43  
Old Thu 19 April 2012, 06:30
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
I'll take Leo's words any time of the day, every day of the year.
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  #44  
Old Thu 19 April 2012, 06:44
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
BobCAD CAM

1) All Mech Mate customers get special prices service and training. This is done though my department and with a promotional code.

2) I work in the partner products division of BobCAD as the manager, my #1 focus is on customer service and support. If you are interested in BobCAD CAM products and you don't want to deal with the shenanigans just work with my team directly.

3) Opinions about BobCAD which are negative always revolve around our sales team and the calling and not the product itself, that's why me and my team are hear to help.

4) Cut2D Cut 3D and the other vectrics products are great tools, if you choose one of those products I am sure you'll do well with them. Just like the BobCAD CAM software is good software and if you choose our product you'll do well with it!

5) I am here to help and I mean that, if any client or potential BobCAD CAM client needs help or service they can always contact me directly and I will help you, no strings attached.

Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader
866-408-3226 X147
Cell - 727-479-6328
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  #45  
Old Fri 04 May 2012, 09:05
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
BobART Exsample

For those of you that want to learn more about the BobART Pro software and how it works, here is a great sample file to try out.

Emboss 2-Rail Sweep Basic Setup
This tutorial explains the basic setup and general process to create an Emboss 2-Rail Sweep using BobART.



When creating a 2-rail sweep you must first define the stock. This stock defines the area in which you can create an emboss. The next step is to create 2 rails inside the stock. These rails can be open or closed shapes such as two parallel lines, or two offset rectangles; and they can be 3-dimensional. The two rails must share the same chain direction. After creating two rails at least one cross-section geometry is needed. The cross section (width) must be drawn horizontally along the X-axis.




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Important: You cannot use a cross section that is drawn vertically in the Y-axis. So, the start and end point of a cross section cannot share the same X-value. The width of the cross section is taken from the change in X-values and the height is taken from the change in Y-values.


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When using more than one cross section the chain direction should also be shared among all cross sections. The start point of the cross section is connected to rail 1 and the end of the cross section is connected to rail 2. Once all of these items are created, the cross-section geometry is swept along the two rails to create an Emboss 2-Rail Sweep from the stock surface.



Basic Setup



Open BobCAD-CAM and click File, New.
In the BobART tab right-click Emboss Model, and click Emboss 2-Rail Sweep.
Because no stock is defined the Stock Parameters dialog box appears.

Set the desired stock parameters and click OK.

The 2-Rail Sweep dialog box appears. Click OK. The stock is displayed in the Workspace.

The following items are added to the BobART tree below Emboss Model:

2-Rail Sweep 1 - Add (Each feature is numbered and includes the Transition Type)

Rail 1-Geometry (Stores the geometry for the first rail)

Rail 2-Geometry (Stores the geometry for the second rail)

Cross-Section Geometry-1 (Stores the geometry for the first cross section)

Draw the first rail and the second rail inside the boundary of the defined stock.

Draw one or more cross sections in the Workspace either inside or outside the boundary of the defined stock.

Right-click Rail 1-Geometry, click Re/Select. In the Workspace select the appropriate geometry and click OK.

Right-click Rail 2-Geometry, click Re/Select. In the Workspace select the appropriate geometry and click OK.

Make sure the chain direction of each rail is the same. To view the chain-direction arrow, click the Rail Geometry item in the BobART tree.

Right-click Cross-Section Geometry-1, click Re/Select. In the Workspace select the appropriate geometry and click OK.

Make sure the desired chain direction is achieved. The start point of the cross section is connected to rail 1 and the end of the cross section is connected to rail 2.

Right-click 2-Rail Sweep 1 - Add, click Edit. The 2-Rail Sweep dialog box appears.

Select the desired parameters that are explained in Emboss 2-Rail Sweep. Click OK.

Right-click Emboss Model, click Regenerate. The Emboss 2-Rail Sweep is finished.




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NOTE: Remember that every time a 2-Rail Sweep parameter is changed you must right-click Emboss Model, and then click Regenerate to see the changes reflected in the model.
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  #46  
Old Fri 04 May 2012, 09:07
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
This is what the CAD layout looks like
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File Type: png mechmate_sweep_sample2.PNG (42.1 KB, 579 views)
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  #47  
Old Fri 04 May 2012, 14:09
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
BobCAD Doesn't Work!!!!

Says Who? For those of you that need training get it! We offer lots of options to learn BobCAD-CAM, choose one and get cutting parts!

http://www.bobcad.com/training/in-house-training

“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the fine presentation and training in the BobCAD class. The interchange and insight spoke volumes as well as the participation by all. You seem to have a complete knowledge of the material and presented it in a fashion that was very understandable and informative. It was well worth the effort on my part to be there. I look forward to keeping in touch. Thanks again!”
Larry Tyler – Manufacturer

If there is anything I can help with please let me know.

Al DePoalo
BobCAM Team Leader
866-408-3226 X147
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  #48  
Old Fri 25 May 2012, 15:44
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
http://www.bobcad.com/articles/bobca...-released.html


The new version 25 BobCAD-CAM software has many added features to speed and simplify the programming process. We also added many powerful new Toolpath & CAD options. I wanted this community to know what we have come up with and I am looking for your feed back. I know the best of the best are on this forum and I value your opinions.

http://youtu.be/9o1BQTzGvGo

New Features
CAD
Preview
UCS Generation
Stretch
Unwrap
Stock Wizard
Rectangular
Cylindrical
Wireframe
Solid Model
STL File
Tools
Arbors
Holders
Cribs
Material Database
Multiple Machine Setups
2D Tool Paths
Facing Cycle
Pick Top
Pick Bottom
Surface Picking
Loop
Constant Z
3D Tool Paths
Adaptive roughing
Automatic flatlands
Advanced Simulation
64 Bit Version
Multi Core Processing


http://www.bobcad.com/demoall
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  #49  
Old Wed 13 June 2012, 15:13
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
BobCAD CAM V25

CAD Features:

BobCAD CAM V25 has an easy to use and understand CAD interface that will allow you to design your parts from beginning to end quickly. V25 will allow you to import DXF, IGES, STEP, SLDPRT and many other files from external CAD systems. You can verify geometry and edit your drawings on the fly by using a wide range of simple CAD features. Toolboxes have been added to make access to frequently used CAD functions easy and fast. Whether you import the CAD file or draw it in BobCAD, you have the ability to create inspection reports and part prints will full dimensions. Basic drawing tools include working with splines, creating arcs through points, drawing points, lines, arcs, bolt patters, gears, sprockets and roller cams to name a few. BobCAD offers a complete wire frame surface and solid model designing package. Viewing your parts, rotating 3D geometry and verifying all your part data has been made easy all the way down to bring able to choose the drawing colors or screen background of your choice.

Additional Features included

* Mirroring, Translate( move) and Rotating
* Unlimited Undo/Redo, Cut, Copy & Past
* Part Dimensioning
* Multiple part viewing and rotation
* Drawing with Points, Lines, Arc's, Splines, Fillets & More
* Complete Surfacing Tools
* Complete Solid Tools
* Verify Geometry, Trim Geometry, Layers and User coordinate systems


Milling:

BobCAD CAM is being used in a wide variety of shops for a wide variety of applications. This is due to the versatility of the program, customizable post processors, multiple cutting options and it's ability to create fast accurate toolpaths and CNC code. Whether you're doing 2D work or creating complex 3D parts programs, BobCAD CAM allows you to generate accurate toolpath faster, smarter and easier for less money.

CAM Features Included

* Stock & CAM Wizard
* CAM Job Tree
* Multiple Machine Setups
* Associative CAM
* Tool Patterns & Machining Order Control
* Tool Database, Cibbs, Arbors, Holders
* Pre Defined Material Database
* Speed & Feed Calculator
* Save & Load Tool Path Setting


CAM Tool Paths Included


* 2.5 Axis Drilling
* 2.5 Axis Profiling
* 2.5 Axis Pocketing
* 2.5 Axis Facing
* 2.5 Axis Chamfer
* 2.5 Axis Threading
* 2.5 & 3 Axis Engraving
* 2D & 3 Axis Plunge Roughing
* 3D Slice Planer
* 3D Slice Spiral
* 3D Engraving
* 3D Slice Radial
* 3D Z-Level Roughing
* 3D Z-Level Finishing


Productivity Features:

In addition to the many CAD and CAM features found in BobCAD CAM we have also added features that can only be found on systems costing thousands more. Our simulation software will simulate actual machine movements based on tool length, diameter, arbor & holder. Standard reporting tools for operations, run time, feed and rapid move length and stock left over. Giving you a complete view of how your part will be machined and if any tool path features need to be added or adjusted. Giving even the most novice of user the confidence to complete their programming and move on to the next project. In addition we included RS-232 communication for transferring you cnc files to the machine controller.


Training & Support:

With technical support services from BobCAD-CAM, you’re never on your own. We’re committed to your success long after your system purchase. Our technical support experts will help ensure smooth operation of your BobCAD-CAM applications day in and day out. 45 days of technical support is included for all new customers and is renewable thereafter for an annual fee. Assistance is provided by product and technical specialists trained to use and operate BobCAD-CAM products in a technical environment. Support for hardware or software systems on which BobCAD-CAM applications reside at the customer site is not included. Although troubleshooting an application in some cases requires us to ask questions regarding your operating environments. BobCAD-CAM support technicians are not responsible for network, operating system or computer maintenance.



Best Regards,

Al DePoalo

Partner Products Manager
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  #50  
Old Tue 24 July 2012, 11:27
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Webinars

Learn about the BobCAD CAM V25 and how it works by participating in one of our weekly webinars.


Use this link to learn more:

http://www.bobcad.com/support/webinars


If there are any question that I can answer about the software feel free to ask!
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  #51  
Old Mon 06 August 2012, 11:43
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Feature Profile: Internal Corner Types

When working with inside shapes that have a male mate it is necessary to relief the corner, sometimes...


upload pictures

( top view of mate )

A good example of needing this relief would be a door manufacture. If you are cutting windows in your doors for a stain glass insert you would need a relief corner like the about example.


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Example of a sharp corner result


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Example of a bisect line corner result




How do you do this?

There are many options for creating this relief, drilling the corners, drawing a profile of what you want to cut, doing it manually....


How does does BobCAD-CAM do this?

BobCAD gives you options for your corner types.


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Using our internal bisect line corner type you can create this type of relief automatically.

Watch this video to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/OJDVLGyi


To learn about corner types or other BobCAD CAM features feel free to call me.
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  #52  
Old Tue 07 August 2012, 04:35
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
The cutter doesn't need to go so deep to clear a square point:

Top_view2.PNG
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  #53  
Old Tue 07 August 2012, 06:05
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
If you watch the video it show how to adjust how far the tool goes back in the corner. So it's adjustable as needed.
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  #54  
Old Tue 07 August 2012, 06:24
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
User may just want to clear the corners, why give extra variable to confuse the users?
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  #55  
Old Tue 07 August 2012, 07:28
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Once you know how to use the feature it's really not all that hard to use at all. Not to mention BobCAD uses machining templates that allows you to load default settings for common machining features used in your shop.
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  #56  
Old Wed 08 August 2012, 16:12
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
BobART

The BobART software is an add on for BobCAD CAM. By adding the BobART it gives you options to work with image files like PDF, AI, ESP. You can also work with raster images like, BMP, PNG, JPEG, GIF, TIF and many more.

So how do use use this. It's simple bring an image in, trace it emboss it and machine it.


Step 1 : Load an image file

There are 2 options for loading an image file.

RT Click on the BobART Manager


img upload

Or

RT Click on Images


upload photo


Step 2: Trace the image

At this point you have 2 options, you can vectorize the image or trace over it.

The result we are looking for is a wire frame out line of the part we want to emboss.


In other words we want to go from this:


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To This


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How is this done? Well it's really simple! Use this video link to learn more.

http://screencast.com/t/RZbP6YBKrl4w

Step 3: Emboss it

Now that we have the traced image we want to emboss it, or give it thickness and depth. This is done using the emboss model features in BobART. You can take closed chains ( what we created when tracing the image) and emboss them. There are many options for embossing.


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Use this video link to learn how to emboss with BobART

http://screencast.com/t/nGHN3a4v40



upload pictures


Step 4: Machine it

This would be your final step, cutting the part. What you are looking to do is create tool path for the embossed model.

The result would look like this


upload photo


Use this video link to learn more: http://screencast.com/t/KV901FkDE

Give it a try yourself!
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  #57  
Old Thu 20 September 2012, 16:11
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
BobCAD CAM V25 4 Axis Standard

Many BobCAD CAM clients that run a 4 axis have requested to work directly with Solids or STL files. In the past we only offered 4 axis indexing and wrapping so working with solids was just not a reality. BobCAD's V25 4 axis standard now offers 4 axis rotary tool path based off of solids.

So let's say you have a 3D solid that looks like this:







Using the 4 Axis Rotary tool paths you have the option to cut along or around the model. You can cut with a Zig, Zig Zag or spiral pattern



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The cut model ends up looking like this:


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Watch this video to learn more about the work flow: http://screencast.com/t/vuDyI3DAbQYL



We have also added a Tool Path Pattern feature. What this allows you to do is create 1 tool path feature or a series of tool path features and make an array or rotation or translation of those tool paths. This is a very useful feature all around, but when it comes to 4 axis is saves huge amounts of time.

Watch this video to learn more about the workflow:

http://screencast.com/t/yM7wqhxNO



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  #58  
Old Thu 20 September 2012, 23:12
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Al, under many of your pictures there is an apparently gratuitous link to postimage.org. I can only deduce that this is advertising on their behalf?
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Old Fri 21 September 2012, 06:57
aldepoalo
Just call me: I work for BobCAD CAM
 
Clearwater FL
United States of America
Nope, it's just a free image hosting site I found.
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Old Fri 21 September 2012, 08:13
Gerald D
Just call me: Gerald (retired)
 
Cape Town
South Africa
Please refrain from that kind of advertising.
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