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Thread: How-To: The Router Bit Organizer in vCarve

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    How-To: The Router Bit Organizer in vCarve

    These are the steps I took for creating my router bit organizer (http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...-Bit-Organizer) in vCarve. I assume most of this should apply to some of the other Vectric products others are using here.

    The setup of my board, which was 12" x 10" x 3/4", Zero for Z was set at the top of the work, and the datum point was set in the bottom left of the work piece.

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    I setup to snap to the grid, you can bring up this dialog by pressing F4
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    I first created a single circle vector with a radius of .28, which allows a little room so the 1/2" router bit doesn't get stuck. I wanted the holes to be 1" on center from one another, so started 1" off the left and bottom sides of the work.
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    I closed the circle vector window, then clicked on the "Create linear array of copies" button on the toolbar
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    I chose to create copies of the circle in 5 rows and 11 columns, I subtracted the diameter of a circle from 1" to get .44", which was used as the spacing between the copies.
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    Click Copy, then click Close.
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    Create another circle vector, this one was 1" above my other array on the left side, .125 radius (I found this was big enough for all my 1/4" bits).
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    Close the circle vector window and click the "Create linear array of copies", this time make only 4 rows, still 11 columns, but also update the spacing between copies to .75" (1" minus .25"), click to copy and close the array copy window.
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    Select all the vectors and create a new pocket operation. I set mine to use a 1/4" end mill, .625" deep, zero pocket allowance, and calculated the pocket gcode.
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    Awesome tutorial, Darren!

    It'll translate to vcarve and aspire for sure - Not sure how much cut2d can do, but possibly there, too. Nicely done.

    The linear array tool is exactly the tool I used, too, for my grid. Only oddity for mine was that each row of holes was offset by an arbitrary amount (.026, iirc) so I could have a lot of choices for the pins I was making. I did the same as you did once i had a series of holes marked for the right locations (using the arrow keys and copy/pasting) to create a single column to be repeated. Worked out great!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Beam View Post
    Awesome tutorial, Darren!

    It'll translate to vcarve and aspire for sure - Not sure how much cut2d can do, but possibly there, too. Nicely done.

    The linear array tool is exactly the tool I used, too, for my grid. Only oddity for mine was that each row of holes was offset by an arbitrary amount (.026, iirc) so I could have a lot of choices for the pins I was making. I did the same as you did once i had a series of holes marked for the right locations (using the arrow keys and copy/pasting) to create a single column to be repeated. Worked out great!


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    Ah, I see what you did there...
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    Found a doc comparing the options in cut2d (desktop/pro), vCarve (desktop/pro), and aspire. It looks like cut2d will do all of the operations that I did in the tutorial.

    http://www.vectric.com/media/docs/pr...re-Compare.pdf
    Darren

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    Nice job on the tutorial Darren

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