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Tips of production

Alexi Member

Hi all hope your having a productive day
I am facing a new kind of job i have to sonthing similar to this picture i use aspire software can i draw this?,
And what type of bit to use
Thank u

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1/18/19       #2: Tips of production ...
Mark B Member

Doesnt look to be anything overly complicated. Simple 2D tool paths and a bit with enough reach to get the entire profile.

1/18/19       #3: Tips of production ...
Alexi Member

Ah ok i understand
What about work like that

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1/18/19       #4: Tips of production ...

How big is the piece in the last picture, how wide and how long. It is not that difficult to run on a cnc, if it is not to long for your table, I would order tooling to match the radius on the piece, if it is a consistent radius. For Production depending on the size, a cnc is not the tool of choice in my mind, you need a moulding machine or a shaper. You may have to do multiple passes and no matter what you use you will have to get custom tooling made. A person would need to know the size to give you the best method for production.

1/18/19       #5: Tips of production ...
Alexi Member

That the problem i have multiple sizes in length and in width
My cnc can handle till 4 m thats no problem

In width i have 10 20 30 40 cm
Thicknesses about 8 cm

The shop where i buy my bits told me that a ball nose bit can give me this shapes
I will have to do 3d work?

1/19/19       #6: Tips of production ...
Collin Parker  Member


The first pic is easy, just make sure you understand stepped cutting cause itís pretty deep/thin in middle cutout for hardwood. The second pic is not worth doing on cnc unless have too. Order that standard cove style crown from a supplier in any species you want, they are tooled up for it with moulders.

1/19/19       #7: Tips of production ...
james e mcgrew Member


Yes you can use Aspire for all of this, Yest on Moulding it is far far less expensive to have it run if you need any large quantity.
If you need a few feet then it can be done with a large ballnose and a 3d path.

I did both of these files in less than 10 minutes, ready to cut the legs with say less than 6 min per leg

the mould is a 3d file and with a BIG 1-2" Ballnose may not take too long if you do not need 500 feet

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1/19/19       #8: Tips of production ...

Wow James, you are a machine. I am sorry to hijack the thread, but what part of aspire would you use/require with just a 3 axis nesting machine. I guess I am asking what would you use it for? I looked online and it is broken down into a bunch of different parts, do you need the highest level or only say the vcarve pro part?

1/19/19       #9: Tips of production ...
Mark B Member

We would machine both of these in Vcarve easily. 2D toolpaths for the bracketry and unlike James post (which is most definitely fine) we would use a molding toolpath for the cove molding.

We do a lot of small run reproduction molding on the CNC. Jobs where the customer needs 3' of a given profile, or 10' of a piece of base. Without a doubt there is a breakoff point where running the part on the molder is better. Thats easily calculated by the cost of custom knives, setup, and so on. For us, its usually about 30' depending on the profile. It simply doesnt pay to have a set of knives ground and the setup to run 30' of molding.

Using a 2 rail sweep in the the molding option in Vcarve you can run any of these profiles with simple ball nose or other form tools. There is a little handwork at the end for cleanup and if its a high dollar job grinding the knives is still the way to go but most often for a short run the CNC does fine.

1/19/19       #10: Tips of production ...
james e mcgrew  Member


Sorry I was fixing Golf carts (Farm animal feeders)

V carve Pro has a lot of features added since it was my primary software (2008) I have used only Aspire since then, the corbel is a 2 d file, I did the molding with a 2 rail sweep.


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