Found the site from a search and am in high spirits after reading some posts.
First question I have though is if there is a setting to show oldest post FIRST in a thread? I have had to go to the bottom of the last page to start reading a thread. Seems odd this would be a default since it is terribly inefficient especially seeing as how CNC is the for most topic which is effiency related...
So i picked up the DIY version of the 4 x 8 gantry plasma from Ron. Hats off to him for putting up with me and my many questions. I program CMMs for an Aerospace manufacturer and I guess that has made me a bit anal when it comes to wanting to know EVERYTHING before I start a project. Fedex tracking shows it will be delivered tomorrow last I checked.
I got all my steel for the table except the Cold Roll. I designed and built some full body recling patio swings and stocked up the past summer. I had a bit of a bump in the road when 1. They said can't get the recommended size of 5/16 and 2. It was a lot more expensive that previously anticipated. I plan to order 1/4 which Ron says will work fine. No big rush since the electronics are 3 weeks out from candcnc.
So my big hurtle right now is software. I bought the artisan package from candcnc since I wasn't sure which CAD software I will be using. To be honest I don't have any experience in AutoCAD except use of Origin Checkmate CMM programming software that runs on the 2010 version or Solid works. I can install solid works for free here at work but not sure how I will learn it as of yet.
I have been building all of my models and creating 2D drawings for my personnel projects with Google Sketch Up. This is amazing software but have found that when it outputs to an IGES or STP the model is rendered hortibly. The surfaces are all faceted and impossible for AutoCAD or Catia to make heads or tails of. I exported a DXF from it and going to wait for everything to be put together and see if it will work or not.
Anyone else used Sketch Up with any success?