Sunday, September 21, 2008


Milling around objects

While I have been able to mill gears with large tooth counts with milling data from Slice and Dice the number of times that Tommelise has to raise the head, move to a new part of the milling job lower it and start cutting plastic again has, not to put too fine a point on it, been excessive. A simple 18-tooth gear profile cutting job that ought to have taken 30-40 seconds was taking 8 minutes. My efforts for the past few days, as a result, have been aimed at reducing that.

Actually, it didn't take too long to get Slice and Dice to minimize the number of milling segments drastically.

I was able to reduce the 18-toothed gear job down to three loops; the outer square perimeter, the gear perimeter and the drive shaft hole. read more

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