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Discussion in 'Other Software' started by Tweakie, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Tweakie

    Tweakie OpenBuilds Team
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    Once our routers have been constructed and tested the search is on for free software to create the tool-paths necessary to make our stuff.

    V-Carving can produce excellent results for house names, signs etc. and the free software F-Engrave http://www.scorchworks.com/Fengrave/fengrave.html does just this and more.

    This is just an offcut from an old (unwanted and cheaply purchased) English Oak bookcase but it serves to illustrate the principle of V-Carving.


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  2. Mark Carew

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    You rock Tweakie this looks fantastic! I think this should be a resource for sure :thumbsup:
    I just pick up a cent table leaf someone was throwing out the other day. Its about 1" thick wood that i just could not let go to the trash. I have to try a V bit carving on it now!
     
  3. Tweakie

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    Thanks Mark.

    I normally use commercial engraving software (which cost in excess of $2000) but just as an example of what F-Engrave can do it was used to create the tool path for this 0.5mm text height rotary engraving. I do appreciate that not everybody would want to do this but it does, I think, show the versatility of this software.

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    What bit did you use for this?

    Thanx.
     
  5. Tweakie

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    Hi Rick,

    It was a 20 Deg. engraving point - only one out of a pack of five (imported from China) was suitable, the rest had too much run-out for work this size.

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    I downloaded the program but I'm not smart enough to unzip it. Help!!!!!!
     
  7. Tweakie

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    Hi Donald,

    Unzips OK here - perhaps you could try using 7zip http://www.7-zip.org

    Hope this helps.

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