No, I like Acad. I'm speedy and clean. But trying to design 3D features and see what they look like from isometeric drawings is too hard. Its fine for flat stuff, but get into folding sheets 3 or 4 different ways and you just can't do it in your head from iso.
Right now I'm still using Acad to clean the Bendtech .dxf output and assign layers and stuff. I'm not good enough with it yet to produce 'cuttable' .dxf's.
That winch plate took like 12 hours with constant reference to an operations manual. Acad would have been 20 minutes.
I've had offers of copies of ProE and all those high-end 3D engineering programs, but they are just too huge and complicated for what I want to do.
I'm confident the BendTech PRO SM will do what i want. i'm just not good enough at it yet.
Setup some hardlimits on the rails for squaring the gantry frame to the table. Its done manually before powering up. Makes X and Y axis square to each other.
Had no top clamp on the torch, it was fine at first, but eventually got a little cock-eyed and was putting a taper into the edge of parts. Had this junk on there to keep it square until I made a top clamp.
Made this right angle gauge for squaring the torch to material.
making the clamp, drilling big bore pilot.
Some facing on the little mill.
bore the torch hole
like that. Need some adjustability for squaring, so slots to mount.
and plasma cut a right angle bracket to hold the clamp to the Zaxis.
Home switches were up at X50,Y50. It was kind of annoying having to move the gantry that far to home and reference. I wanted to move them down to the lower left corner so when I set zero on the material, its going to be at something like X6,Y6 to zeroset, rather than X-44,Y-44. None of you are going to understand that, but there it is. Just will make it easier to re-position after a problem.
The switch will get made when the Xaxis come over close to the left side. Axis movement stops, and option to call that position zero. It is a known location to re-start from.
Switch is made
Put another switch on the lower rail for the Yaxis, but didn't have the Xaxis over when I positioned it. It hits, had to move it, but forget to get a pic of new position. Its just moved back a bit from where it is in pic.
Couple of quick changes in Mach3 control software, to change home direction from left to right, save changes.
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