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  1. I agree Al - the drill motor is the way to go....

    I agree Al - the drill motor is the way to go. Plus most folks already have a suitable hand drill for this application, and so definitely a cost savings for those on a budget.
    David
  2. For Al's application - small power feeder for...

    For Al's application - small power feeder for router table/band saw/table saw - it is nice to have the variable speed feature. Plus his power feeder kit is designed to use a hand drill. I have owned...
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    I have been using a small 3d printer for several...

    I have been using a small 3d printer for several months now for prototyping and making useful parts. The most recent parts I made were some replacement drawer slide mounting brackets for a friend who...
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    I can't open this one either. Here is the error...

    I can't open this one either. Here is the error message.
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    Also you are using trial version 10, and I have version 9.5. Older versions apparently cannot open files created on a newer version....
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    Hi Vince, I am not able to open files from the...

    Hi Vince,
    I am not able to open files from the trail version of VCarve Pro. So all I have to go by is your Mary jpeg. Here is my manual trace.
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    And here is the quick engrave.
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    David
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    Hi Vince, Are you using the "Trace Bitmap"...

    Hi Vince,
    Are you using the "Trace Bitmap" command here, or are you manually tracing? Perhaps you could post the jpeg/bitmap file your are importing to VCarve Pro for your trace. Here is the scanned...
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    Vince - here are the resulting dxf files from the...

    Vince - here are the resulting dxf files from the "trace bitmap" operations above.
    David
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    Vince - here are the resulting dxf files from the...

    Vince - here are the resulting dxf files from the "trace bitmap" operations above.
    David
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    Hi Vince, Turning down the resolution on the...

    Hi Vince,
    Turning down the resolution on the scan will not help. You never said what your end goal is with Joseph. Is this simply to learn how to convert bitmaps to vectors, or are you planning to...
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    I use Inkscape quite often for auto-tracing of...

    I use Inkscape quite often for auto-tracing of bitmap images. In general, I use a combination of Paint.net, Inkscape, and Design Edge (in that order). Design Edge is my go-to for vector editing - it...
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    Hi Vince, The bitmap from the scan of your hand...

    Hi Vince,
    The bitmap from the scan of your hand tracing with pen would probably take many hours of node editing to clean up as a usable vector file. The easiest and quickest method to produce a...
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    Hi Mark, I have downloaded your file and it does...

    Hi Mark,
    I have downloaded your file and it does indeed have the usual problems from a hand trace. I will get back later today with a clean file and let you know how I edited it.
    David
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    If you traced with a pen, then your tracing line...

    If you traced with a pen, then your tracing line width is probably so wide that both sides of the lines are being vectorized. You could probably delete one of the sets of vectors. I'm not sure why...
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    Vectric VCarve Pro and Aspire are both very...

    Vectric VCarve Pro and Aspire are both very popular for modeling and creating tool paths for cnc routers.
    David
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    Once you become a contributor, you could post...

    Once you become a contributor, you could post your Vcarve file so we can take a look.
    David
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    I think you made a wise decision contacting Gary....

    I think you made a wise decision contacting Gary. I believe he is a dealer for Centroid and I expect he will incorporate the Acorn controller (as I had originally suggested) or something very similar...
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    I'm wondering if motorized movement is really the...

    I'm wondering if motorized movement is really the best option here. For example, my Bridgeport has a 2 axis Anilam DRO (x & y) and I have no problem positioning the table to within 0.0005" (according...
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    Another less expensive approach would be to...

    Another less expensive approach would be to simply build or buy a small control box to control step, direction, and speed (steps/min) for the stepper motor. If you are familiar with setting the time...
  19. Very clever solution Stan! David

    Very clever solution Stan!
    David
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    Are you looking for an "off the shelf" solution,...

    Are you looking for an "off the shelf" solution, or are you willing to integrate separate components yourself? Do you have a budgetary constraint, and any size limitations for the "controller"? I...
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    I like the Grizzly mobile bases. I attach two...

    I like the Grizzly mobile bases. I attach two layers of 3/4" plywood to the mobile base, then bolt the base of the tool (drill press, band saw, etc) to the plywood. These mobile bases have adjustable...
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    Your are correct Bill. Endmills and drill bits...

    Your are correct Bill. Endmills and drill bits are two entirely different animals.
    David
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    Thanks for the review Stan. You have given me...

    Thanks for the review Stan. You have given me better idea of the capabilities.
    David
  24. Thanks for the clarification Stan - mystery...

    Thanks for the clarification Stan - mystery solved.
    David
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    Yuri - that seems like the way to go. I would...

    Yuri - that seems like the way to go. I would encourage you to check it out.
    David
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