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Old 06-08-2018, 10:40 AM
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Bought three as a package twice. I use them for most of my work
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Old 06-08-2018, 12:41 PM
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Those do look interesting, Jim...
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Old 06-08-2018, 05:03 PM
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Jim,
Good to see you having fun & actually 'doing' the work. You'll improve a lot over the next few months.

Two things...first, some things, like v-carved letters, machine better at a slower feedrate. Try the same design in succession, and change the feedrate betwen each either faster or slower. Notice the difference in quality. Then write down your setting in your journal for the next time when you find the best looking RPM/feedrate combo. After a while, you won't need the journal, but for the first year it can save you a lot of time.

The 2nd thing...V-bits. Spend money on good v-bits of known quality - professional grade. For me that either means Gerber v-bits or Amana - either insert or brazed. CMT has a few good ones and others. The issue is that most v-bits are not precisely ground to an exact angle. This is why corners can appear overcut or undercut and you'll pull your hair out wondering what you did wrong. Of course you can change the angle in CAM to match, but sneaking up on the exact angle can be tough to do.

+1 for buying some real fonts and The Vector Mega Art Collection is good too & comes with a book and vector number of each design. All are CAD/CAM ready (no loops or jacked up nodes etc) and any of the 3 volumes has fonts in it too. I like Vol 1.

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Old 06-08-2018, 05:54 PM
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Thanks, Brady. I guess the "natural inclination" to speed things up isn't the best idea for v-carving text. LOL And yea, there have been some little inconsistencies I don't like that probably resulted from that. I do have a plan to upgrade to better v-bits. Right now, I only have those from the Southeast tool "assortment" I got with my machine and I'm less than impressed. I'll be doing Amana insert type. And thanks for the link to the art work stuff. Very interesting!

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I should add that in addition to picking up some specific sign fonts from the resource already mentioned, I just realized that I have access to pretty much the entire Adobe Typekit library since my subscription leverages Professor Dr. SWMBO's academic status and includes pretty much everything. So I guess I'll not be hurting in that department!
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:39 PM
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Jim,
You're going to find going forward that all the vector hoarding is for naught if you anticipate being someone who draws things from scratch or uses the machine in any commercial capacity....Signs might be the exception to a degree, but by and large the pre-made shapes are just fodder for learning CNC without getting bored in the beginning.

It IS good practice for importing various vector formats because some customers send you junk vectors that either need to be cleaned up (if you are lucky) or completely rebuilt via tracing over them on a new layer.

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Old 06-08-2018, 07:43 PM
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What Brady said. ..... very good advice!
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:42 PM
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Bought three as a package twice. I use them for most of my work
I noticed a lot of cows in your font.

You’re a man I can relate to. I, too, like all colors of cows and especially in the shape of a ribeye.
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:48 PM
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I'm someone who tends to "draw my own", so I accept that pre-made stuff is what it is. Less concern with copyright issues with self-creation. I'm glad it exists, however, because it sometimes can be a problem solver, too.
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