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1  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: Extrude Solids on: Today at 11:55:13
Thanks, I should have known that   Embarrassed
2  Announcements / Latest News / Re: CamBam plus V1.0 (new development release) on: Today at 11:54:13
Thanks for the info
3  Support / CamBam help (General usage) / Re: Puzzled about the Mirror function on: Yesterday at 22:12:52
Yes, David has mastered most of the esoteric or arcane possibilities in CamBam
4  Announcements / Latest News / Re: CamBam plus V1.0 (new development release) on: Yesterday at 08:45:29
Why is there never a change log at each test release ?
5  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: Extrude Solids on: Yesterday at 08:35:41
David,

Is this now included in CamBam 1.14.3 and we don't need the plugin now ?

I ask because there is a new sample file called, gear-script.cb
It has solids with closed ends and this code in a script entity,

this.Entities.Add(Solids.ExtrudeSolid("sun-gear",extrude_depth,0.1))
6  Made by CamBam / Members Machines / Re: Machinable Non Compressable Insulator And Other Materials Choices on: November 16, 2017, 20:33:19 pm
Tufnol is the old favourite that springs to mind. Slate is another thing I've used in the past, some old DC cranes used to have slate panels that all the components were mounted on. (Igranic)
7  Support / CamBam help (General usage) / Re: Newbie Question about first time project on: November 16, 2017, 12:39:25 pm
In support of what Lloyd said, when using double sided tape I try to keep it away from the cut line as not only could it damage the edge but it sticks to the cutting tool and makes rather a mess.
You do though need to make sure that all pieces that come into contact with the tool are fastened down because if they start flying around, you and/or the job, may be in trouble.
8  Support / CamBam help (General usage) / Re: Newbie Question about first time project on: November 16, 2017, 08:01:55 am
If you are cutting right through, then underneath the ply you will want a sacrificial piece because the tool is going to contact it.
Work holding is a subject in itself so there are many options.
Assuming you don't have a vacuum table, double sided tape would be my first option, then tabs, then not cutting right through but leaving a VERY thin skin that can easily be broken off and sanded back.

I had to look up "copacetic", American word, never heard it used in the UK, or not that I recall.
9  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: 'Simulate with CAMotics' plugin on: November 15, 2017, 13:27:35 pm
What's wrong with just disabling all the Parts other than the one to simulate ?
To disable a Part, just select it in tree view then press the Space Bar.
Then just produce gcode as normal, is there something I've missed ? is that too laborious ?
10  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: 'Simulate with CAMotics' plugin on: November 14, 2017, 21:41:57 pm
Not generating the g-code for the part just before simulating.  It WAS generated from a previous run, so I don't know exactly why it wouldn't work without generating it immediately before invoking CAMotics for part... <shrug>

Lloyd

The plugin uses the generated .nc filename as the one to use for generating the .xml file and then passes that to CAMotics.
I tried to disturb JK's code as little as possible


11  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: 'Simulate with CAMotics' plugin on: November 14, 2017, 19:09:14 pm
Marvelous !

So what were you doing different before ?
12  FeedBack / Feature Requests / Re: Expanding layers on: November 14, 2017, 19:07:38 pm
I too would be pleased with all of those suggestions.
13  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: 'Simulate with CAMotics' plugin on: November 14, 2017, 17:17:50 pm
Too hard this time. Huh

if cb2cm.config has, <regen_gfile_before_post>false</regen_gfile_before_post>
do this exactly,

1. start cambam, open camotics test.cb
2. Machining->Produce gcode (i.e. for ALL the file)
3. select and right click the part, dip wax mold reworked
4. select, produce gcode, from the context menu
5. with the part still selected choose, Tools->simulate with camotics (part)

if cb2cm.config has, <regen_gfile_before_post>true</regen_gfile_before_post>
do this,
1. start cambam,  open camotics test.cb
2. select and right click the part, dip wax mold reworked
3. select, produce gcode, from the context menu
4. with the part still selected choose, Tools->simulate with camotics (part)

14  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: 'Simulate with CAMotics' plugin on: November 14, 2017, 14:01:52 pm
Lloyd,
Thanks for the example file.

Regarding the geometry errors, I've done nothing other than play about with filenames for this modification.

I tried it (win7, CamBam v1.0) and it all works for me.

What is the illegal filename for XP ? I don't have XP so can't test that.

This next bit has nothing to do with the plugin, purely CamBam, I created gcode for the part using two methods,

1. Right click the part then 'produce gcode' (the Part outfile text is empty)

Result; CAMotics test.Dip-wax mold - reworked.nc

1. Right click the part then 'produce gcode' (the Part outfile text populated)

Result; CAMotics test-Dip-wax mold - reworked.nc

Is one of those an illegal filename for XP ?
15  Resources / Scripts and Plugins / Re: 'Simulate with CAMotics' plugin on: November 14, 2017, 10:51:17 am
Okay, this version is more civilised. v1.5.3

PLEASE NOTE: This information applies to the option; "Simulate with CAMotics (PART)" only.


1. It automatically uses the correct character "-" or "." by looking to see if "outfile" has been populated.
so the outfile box can be empty or populated whichever method you prefer.

2. It now uses the SELECTED PART rather than the 'active part'
just select ONE part from the Treeview before running the plugin, it need not be the 'active part'

There are so many ways in CamBam to do the same thing it makes life a little difficult sometimes, so try the plugin yourself and let me know if it is not doing something you expect.

Suffice to say that whichever work flow you use, a gcode file must exist before CAMotics can simulate.

Instructions for use.

if cb2cm.config has, <regen_gfile_before_post>false</regen_gfile_before_post>
do this exactly,

1. start cambam, open your cb file
2. Machining->Produce gcode (i.e. for ALL the file)
3. select and right click the part required to simulate
4. select, produce gcode, from the context menu
5. with the part still selected choose, Tools->simulate with camotics (part)

if cb2cm.config has, <regen_gfile_before_post>true</regen_gfile_before_post>
do this,
1. start cambam,  open your cb file
2. select and right click the part required to simulate
3. select, produce gcode, from the context menu
4. with the part still selected choose, Tools->simulate with camotics (part)

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