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Rab

Fri Sep 12, 2003 6:28 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamalux Xtra

Replies: 4

Views: 1377

I tried Europoint, but they said they don't stock that,

Rab

Rab

Fri Sep 12, 2003 12:07 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Foamalux Xtra

Replies: 4

Views: 1377

Foamalux Xtra

Has anyone used Foamalux Xtra ?
It's a sandwich foam board with a white surface and a recycled black core.
It looks quite good for routing by cutting through the top layer revealing the core.
Anyone know a good supplier of it?

Rab

Rab

Tue Aug 05, 2003 7:21 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: is it possible to for vinyl to be cut on a router?

Replies: 6

Views: 2879

No bother Paul, I've had a lot of help from the folks here on general sign making, so glad I can contribute a bit in return. I started work on an algorithm for tangential emulation for when one cut is close to the opposite direction from the last cut as I was getting occassional tearing on the vinyl...

Rab

Tue Aug 05, 2003 3:26 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: is it possible to for vinyl to be cut on a router?

Replies: 6

Views: 2879

I did this recently for my own router by making a simple attatchment, but had to write in some new algorithms to my software to account for the blade offset which is what your problem seems to be. If your router uses standard G-Code or even HPGL then you can use my CNC Toolkit (don't worry, it's a f...

Rab

Wed Jul 23, 2003 12:00 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: does anyone know where i can get cheap ram from?

Replies: 9

Views: 3274

I build and repair computers in my spare time,
I think I have some 512mb SDRAM kicking around,
let me know if you need it,

Rab

Rab

Wed Jul 16, 2003 12:53 am

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: CNC Engraver / Router, Roland PNC2300 / CAMM2

Replies: 3

Views: 1285

Here's some specs;

Engraving area : X- 9" (225mm), Y-7" (175mm), Z-½" (0,13mm)
Interface: Serial or Parallel
Size : 23 9/16 " X 21 1/2 " X 14 1/16 " H
Weight: 65 lbs.

I'll see if parcel force would be willing to transport it, if so delivery would be included.

Rab

Rab

Sun Jul 13, 2003 10:22 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone in the Inverness area

Replies: 4

Views: 820

Thanks guys, much appreciated

this is a great forum,

Rab

Rab

Sat Jul 12, 2003 2:33 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Anyone in the Inverness area

Replies: 4

Views: 820

Anyone in the Inverness area

Hi,

As I'm quite new to this, I'm just wondering if there's anyone in the Inverness area that I can 'talk shop' with and would be willing to show me how a professional applies vinyl, etc.

Rab

Rab

Sun Jul 06, 2003 1:08 pm

Forum: Buy - Sell - Employment

Topic: CNC Engraver / Router, Roland PNC2300 / CAMM2

Replies: 3

Views: 1285

CNC Engraver / Router, Roland PNC2300 / CAMM2

CNC Engraver / Router, Roland PNC2300 / CAMM2 Working area - 305x230x30mm, with tooling and software. Machines wax, modelingboard, silver, gold, brass, etc. Runs directly from a standard PC (available if required) £1750 or the best offer Tel. 01456 450782 (Drumnadrochit, by Inverness) Rab Gordon

Rab

Thu Jul 03, 2003 7:38 pm

Forum: Corel Software

Topic: does anyone use corel 11 for web site design?

Replies: 4

Views: 1822

I use Dreamweaver for website design, however I find that AceFTP is great for uploading and managing sites and it's free, dowload at.
http://freeware.aceftp.com/

hope this helps,

Rab

Rab

Wed Jul 02, 2003 7:53 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC routers & 3d software - advice please!

Replies: 12

Views: 7865

Hi, It's got a work area of approx. 4' x 2' in XY and 6" in Z while doing 3-axis work, but this is reduced quite a lot if doing 5-axis movements. I'm working on a design for an 8 x 4 table which will give the 4th/5th axis head more room to play. (Actually, I'm always on the look out for components, ...

Rab

Tue Jul 01, 2003 11:45 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: CNC routers & 3d software - advice please!

Replies: 12

Views: 7865

I built our own flatbed router after realising what we'd have to pay to get an off the shelf one of the type we need, not that I'm suggesting that you take this route, just saying that it is possible and many others do this. For software, we use our own plugin-script for 3DS MAX. The main advantage ...

Rab

Tue Jul 01, 2003 11:26 pm

Forum: Gallery

Topic: Wheelcover graphics: john maplethorpe

Replies: 19

Views: 5547

I've just cut some vinyl for a wheelcover on our flatbed router as our cutter is quite small. I used a quickly knocked together holder for a blade cartridge in place of the router motor and an MDF vacuum table for hold down. Any tips for getting the vinyl central to the wheelcover ? Is it best to ap...

Rab

Sun Jun 08, 2003 7:01 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Home Shop or Factory

Replies: 31

Views: 7701

We work from a workshop attatched to our home, are in an out of the way location and don't get, nor would want passing trade so we don't advertise our presence. It's amazing how much time a customer can take up when they don't really want to spend any money :x

Rab

Rab

Sat Jun 07, 2003 9:39 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Finishing Polystyrene

Replies: 6

Views: 1768

Thanks for the info Henry,

there seems to be a huge leap in cost between the builder' polystyrene and the HDU, is there any alternatives inbetween or are most customers happy to pay for HDU ?

Rab

Rab

Thu Jun 05, 2003 1:17 pm

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Finishing Polystyrene

Replies: 6

Views: 1768

Thanks Henry, I'll try the Acrylic paint or see if I can find some 1 Shot. are there any glues suitable for polystyrene ? I found this page on HDU after a bit of searching; ( no advertising please )/dimensional/cont/hduexposedb.htm could anyone recommend a UK supplier of HDU ? Thanks, Rab

Rab

Thu Jun 05, 2003 8:16 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Finishing Polystyrene

Replies: 6

Views: 1768

Finishing Polystyrene

Hi, I've been using some High Density Polystyrene insulation foam (50mm pink slabs) from the builders merchants for test cuts and proofing on my CNC router. Anyway, just wondering if this stuff could be finished to an acceptable level for interior and exterior signage ? Anyone got any tips on sealin...

Rab

Sat May 31, 2003 2:02 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need some advice on engraving brass please?

Replies: 30

Views: 12420

Thanks for the tip on the tung oil, interesting to see your website as well although your prices seem far lower than I'd expected for house signs.

Rab

Rab

Sat May 31, 2003 12:02 am

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need some advice on engraving brass please?

Replies: 30

Views: 12420

Hi Stone, If I'm running a part a number of times I'll spend some time optimising the toolpath manually so it goes from one cut straight into the next cut without a retract where the design will permit. Saves a lot of cutting time. Are you still doing guitar necks ? There's a guitar maker in the Sta...

Rab

Fri May 30, 2003 8:57 pm

Forum: CNC Router / Engrave

Topic: need some advice on engraving brass please?

Replies: 30

Views: 12420

It's been a busy week so I'm joining this discussion a little late. I use V-tip cutters and if it's cloggy or I'm cutting Silver or Gold I use cutting oil from Suregrave and run a finishing cut at the same depth as the last cut which can help produce a cleaner finish. I've tried demos of a few CAD/C...

Rab

Sat May 24, 2003 4:52 pm

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Drumnadrochit

Replies: 10

Views: 2207

ok, ok, I've just signed up :D

Although I'm here to learn, I'll also try to help others with some of the technical aspects of CNC routers where I can.

Rab

Rab

Sat May 24, 2003 2:25 pm

Forum: Computers

Topic: what do people prefer tablets or mice?

Replies: 14

Views: 4785

I would'nt be without my Wacom (A5 size), great for vector editing and photoshop work, however I still use a Microsoft scroll mouse file navigation, etc. as you cansometime 'lose' files by using the pen to 'drag and drop'

Rab

Rab

Fri May 23, 2003 10:54 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Drumnadrochit

Replies: 10

Views: 2207

have many folks joined the UKSG and if so would they recommend it ?
The how-to guides look very interesting, are they worth paying up to get access to ?

Rab

Rab

Fri May 23, 2003 10:25 am

Forum: General Sign Topics

Topic: Painting foamex

Replies: 9

Views: 2430

Rab

Fri May 23, 2003 10:05 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Drumnadrochit

Replies: 10

Views: 2207

Hi Phil, Hoping for about £2k for the Roland, but if no one bites then I'll take a serious offer. It's surplus to requirements with the new machines, but it's done some good stuff in its day including gold wedding rings done as flat strips then formed and soldered ! I'm sure you can sympathise, but ...

Rab

Fri May 23, 2003 9:47 am

Forum: Say Hello & Off Topic Chat

Topic: Hi from Drumnadrochit

Replies: 10

Views: 2207

Hi from Drumnadrochit

Hi all, Just saying hello, we're not principally sign-makers but do the odd job here and there and would like to learn how to do this better and also use some of these techniques on our giftware products. We have a ‘New Star OM40’ Cutter which is mainly used for doing T-Shirt transfers but cuts sign...

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