Nice work! This is turning out to be a little more difficult than I thought it would be. I've had good and bad results on my scrap aluminum pieces, and I'm nowhere near ready to start doing the actual cuts yet.I made #02 this morning, this time, engraving with a sharp bit. Result is what i expected. Smaller fonts are easier to read.
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I engraved @ 150 mm/min feed (X/Y)
And 100 mm/min plunge
Final depth was set @0.15 mm with a 0.10mm pass followed by a 0.05mm finishing pass.
I'm really pleased with this result, so I think i'll stick to that.
Fair enough, I didn't really say what's going on. I'm doing okay with feeds and speeds. Gotten some decent results. My trouble is something in one of the free softwares is causing problems. My machine is going idle mid cut, and I have to manually intervene and babysit hours long jobs. The other thing, sometimes when I try to abort a job to reset, it drives my bit straight into the material destroying everything. I'm pretty sure these things are software related, but I cannot complain to anyone because they're free.I'm not sure any paid software would help you in your situation. You will still need to provide with feedrate, depth pass, spindle speed...
I don’t recall the OP seeking a new profession. Your advice is to spend close to $15K in software before he gets panel one. For a DIY project for personal use. The word insane comes to mind.or.....you can "bite-the-bullet" and pay really good money for -- PROFESSIONAL -- CAD-design programs, take the time to learn them and end up with totally professional results that aerospace/avionics companies, defense contractors, medical electronics firms, R&D laboratories and others will pay you for so you can design stuff for them!!! What a deal, huh???
I'll look into it. My understanding is the free part disappeared.fusion is not so bad if you stick to using the functions that are relevant to you and ignore the rest. It is also free for individuals, and also strips out some of the functionality of the paid version. so far, i havent noticed anything that is a problem for my work flow in that regard. I would also say it stands heads and tails above all of the other free programs i have tried.
I would also say that Fusion becomes especially appealing because you can use FrontDesign(made for designing rack panels, free and very intuitive) to export as a dxf/stp/svg file, and then import in to fusion to create your tool paths. for me, this has been the easiest route but i am far from a skilled machinist so caveat emptor and all that
[Some of the softwares are so complicated] -- >> WELCOME!!! << to today's "technological world"!!! YAY!!!
Designing something is "one thing"!!! >> FABRICATING << it is something entirely different!!! The fabrication world is an entirely different beast!!!
Since this is America and you are "free" to do what you want, you -- may -- choose the same path as I have and that is to (..)
not so!I'll look into it. My understanding is the free part disappeared.