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Old 01-09-2012, 03:06 PM #295
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Ah cool, another tick in the box for solidworks being fairly industry standard then. Does anybody know what DYE use? I remember hearing once that they outsource their cosmetic CAD work and it's done in catia IIRC.

Are there no compatibility issues between Tebis/SW?

One job I've done was working with somebody using a much older version of solidworks, meant all files had to be shared in iges/step format, totally removing any feature tree or history. Made revisions incredibly difficult to do! Eg instead of just changing a hole dimension, had to fill it in and re-cut another hole the correct dim.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:21 PM #296
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Ah cool, another tick in the box for solidworks being fairly industry standard then. Does anybody know what DYE use? I remember hearing once that they outsource their cosmetic CAD work and it's done in catia IIRC.
I know they use Solidworks for at least some of their stuff.

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A bunch of them. Some are more of a PITA than others.

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One job I've done was working with somebody using a much older version of solidworks, meant all files had to be shared in iges/step format, totally removing any feature tree or history. Made revisions incredibly difficult to do! Eg instead of just changing a hole dimension, had to fill it in and re-cut another hole the correct dim.
That's how I've spent most of my CAD career up until recently with learning solidworks.
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Yeah I wish there was some way to retain at least some basic tree info with STEP or IGES files...

Even converting from IPT to SLDPRT files loses stuff.
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You can get IGS files to retain the feature tree, I've experienced that before. The factory files SP gave out for private label milling designs and such were like that.

But I stopped updating my software maintenance versions for the compatibility reasons. The last time I updated anything was due to 64-bit operating systems, otherwise I couldn't care less. At least, not unless they actually added some great new function, but that's not too likely.
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I am getting sldprt to ipt to work fairly well - latest version of SW supposing converted to Inventor 2011.

Enough that I can work off of them and do some edits (haven't had to do much.)

The assemblies from SW, that hasn't worked as well. :/
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FYI, the newer version of solidworks have an add-in (think it's called featureworks) that will build a feature tree off of imported parts. Doesn't work 100% right all the time, but for simple parts it's fairly good.
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O'RLY?

I'll have to check that out.
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Good tip, cheers CS.
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I don't think I've ever successfully used feature recognition. It pops up in my face like an enzye advertisement every time I import anything. I try it from time to time just to see how it turns out, but the priority on features is too bizarre.

It reminds me of those CAM programs that try to decide where your coordinate origin point is for the part you're trying to machine. No!
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Old 01-19-2012, 01:56 PM #305
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Hello im Nolie im 13 and new to this site. I am trying to design a marker in autocad and I need some help, does anyone have some body dwg files that I could start with? and also we are getting a hurco cnc mill next week so I wanted this to be my first project.

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The guy above you would probably be the one to ask, actually. Head to his website (zdspb.com), hit the tech link in the header, and check out the CAD file post link. Bunch of good stuff in there.
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:02 PM #307
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13 years old and knowledge of CAD and machining; Bright future ahead of you mate. Your parents have done well.
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Old 01-19-2012, 07:53 PM #308
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Thanks guys! Witch marker do you think I should start with?(its only a 3 axis machine) and thanks again!
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If you're talking about modifying an existing marker, a autococker would be a good starting point. They've been around a while, which means 1) it's pretty well established what you can and can't do to one if you want it to keep functioning, and 2) there are plenty of bodies out there. I'd say use the 2k2 VF body IGES file from zdspb.com as a starting point, find yourself a 2000-2002 vert feed body, and go to town. The external dimensions seemed to be pretty good, may be off by a hair (seems like the body, which was made using inches, was measured in metric, so everything is off by a couple thousandths). If you're using a 3-axis, though, that shouldn't be too big of a deal, just zero the mill at the surface and go at it.
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If you're talking about modifying an existing marker, a autococker would be a good starting point. They've been around a while, which means 1) it's pretty well established what you can and can't do to one if you want it to keep functioning, and 2) there are plenty of bodies out there. I'd say use the 2k2 VF body IGES file from zdspb.com as a starting point, find yourself a 2000-2002 vert feed body, and go to town. The external dimensions seemed to be pretty good, may be off by a hair (seems like the body, which was made using inches, was measured in metric, so everything is off by a couple thousandths). If you're using a 3-axis, though, that shouldn't be too big of a deal, just zero the mill at the surface and go at it.
im (or was goin to unless you dont recomend it) goin to make the marker from scratch. the only marker that I own now is a orion vl thats crappy and old.Also I don't see the 2k2 file on that site.
Any input will help!

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Had a long explanation typed up, but I lost it (if your internet cuts out, the post doesn't get saved...). Anyway, case for a Raspberry Pi computer.







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im (or was goin to unless you dont recomend it) goin to make the marker from scratch. the only marker that I own now is a orion vl thats crappy and old.Also I don't see the 2k2 file on that site.
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you will need money for tooling and fixturing

Is it a VMC? Im not familer with hurco, I run mazaks and haas.
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you will need money for tooling and fixturing

Is it a VMC? Im not familer with hurco, I run mazaks and haas.
I don't know much about it(its my dads) but here's the page for ithttp://www.hurco.com/USA/PRODUCTS/MACHINING_CENTERS/VERTICAL/VMX_SERIES/Pages/VMX%2042%20Machining%20Center.aspx And for the tooling and fixturing we have it coverd.
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anyone know anything about solidcam or somethin like that? I am 17 and on the robotics team at school. I am basically the one that designs and machines on the cnc and I have to say that bobcad on our mill computer is the STUPIDEST program i have ever used. I tried a little mastercam but for the life of me could not figure out how to gcode in it. Any tips on the easiest way to code solidworks parts?
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