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    Guys , not sure if this could work .
    If you were to design a scratch built router table and temporarily use 3/4" MDF as your side plates of your own design for the sides of the gantry carriages , once it's up and running , I was hoping I could use the router table to cut out 3/4" aluminium plate that would replace these MDF side plates.

    If this has been done , how do you transfer your design to vector in order to do the cuts and drilling to mimic the design of your temporary MDF plates?

    Thanks in advance, and sorry if I've posted in the wrong area . Mods ,feel free to move this if neccesary

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    Default Re: Software to transfer your gantry carriage plate design to vector

    You design your MDF plates in a CAD program, so you have the design before you even start.

    You can then print it out on paper, and use the paper templates to make your MDF plates.

    I don't think anyone tries to duplicate their hand made temporary parts. They use the handmade parts to get the machine running, to make more precise parts.

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    Default Re: Software to transfer your gantry carriage plate design to vector

    Probably would be easier to design you plates in CAD now, use that to have full scale prints made that you can transfer to MDF... then you can use the same CAD to make the permanent parts.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ger21 View Post
    You design your MDF plates in a CAD program, so you have the design before you even start.

    You can then print it out on paper, and use the paper templates to make your MDF plates.

    I don't think anyone tries to duplicate their hand made temporary parts. They use the handmade parts to get the machine running, to make more precise parts.
    LOL you were a minute faster than me!



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    Thanks guys , I wasn't sure how it was done . Which cad program would anyone recommend? I'm a photoshop guy , but have worked with vectors for my laser engraver , but never actually made one other than circles and squares and fonts on laser cut software

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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
    Thanks guys , I wasn't sure how it was done . Which cad program would anyone recommend? I'm a photoshop guy , but have worked with vectors for my laser engraver , but never actually made one other than circles and squares and fonts on laser cut software
    What you intend to cut on your machine would determine what CAD/CAM you may need...



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    Quote Originally Posted by louieatienza View Post
    What you intend to cut on your machine would determine what CAD/CAM you may need...
    In the future I was going to get vectric/aspire . But in the mean time

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    Default Re: Software to transfer your gantry carriage plate design to vector

    Draftsight, or Sketchup?

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    Default Re: Software to transfer your gantry carriage plate design to vector

    Quote Originally Posted by ger21 View Post
    Draftsight, or Sketchup?
    I've dabbled with googles Sketchup . Didn't know it would do vectors though . I better practice

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    Default Re: Software to transfer your gantry carriage plate design to vector

    Sketchup wouldn't be my choice, because it doesn't support arcs or circles. Many people use it, though.

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    Default Re: Software to transfer your gantry carriage plate design to vector

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    Quote Originally Posted by ger21 View Post
    Sketchup wouldn't be my choice, because it doesn't support arcs or circles. Many people use it, though.
    Well Sketchup doesn't sound great for this task .
    My first ideas was going to be to remove the carriages MDF sides once I proved it worked, and then use them for a template to cut the 3/4" plate aluminum on my router table .
    It may not be feasible , but I was going to cut and grind as close to the edges of the template as I could get , leaving a minimum amount of material to remove , then finish it off with a 1/2" flush bit on my router table as someone sprays the bit with WD-40.

    I'm sure my idea would be a cake walk with 1/4" , but never played with 3/4" aluminum yet

    I don't actaully know anything about CNC router tables , but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night


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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorTendonitis View Post
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    Well Sketchup doesn't sound great for this task .
    My first ideas was going to be to remove the carriages MDF sides once I proved it worked, and then use them for a template to cut the 3/4" plate aluminum on my router table .
    It may not be feasible , but I was going to cut and grind as close to the edges of the template as I could get , leaving a minimum amount of material to remove , then finish it off with a 1/2" flush bit on my router table as someone sprays the bit with WD-40.

    I'm sure my idea would be a cake walk with 1/4" , but never played with 3/4" aluminum yet
    You're drawing two gantry plates. Not a lot of circles or arcs in the profile. You can just draw points for holes where your CNC can spot-drill, and you thenn take to a drill press afterwards.

    I believe SketchUp does export circles and arcs. But not in the free version.



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