brianlanning (in firstname.lastname@example.org)
| Morris Dovey wrote:
|| Software is glitzy but weak. I'd expect any CNC machine to be able
|| to handle the industry-standard g-code (or equivalent) part
|| programs. This is probably the Carveright's greatest weakness
|| because it prevents use of generally available CAD/CAM packages.
| The faq says that they'll be upgrading the software to handle g-code
| (import and export) later. If they actually do that then I'm ok
| with it. My biggest concern is that I don't want to have to learn
| something like autocad in order to use this. But at the same time,
| it would be nice to have other sources for data. I'm a software
| developer so I'm no stranger to complicated software. I just don't
| want to spend all my free time fighting with the software. To use
| image file software as an analogy, it clearly needs to be better
| than paint, but I don't want to have to learn photoshop.
I hear you; but my experience has been that as you develop a sense of
what's possible, you tend more and more toward wanting/buying/writing
the tools that realize the possibilities.
I just posted some (lousy) photos to the abpw biscuit joinery thread
that I think would be difficult/impossible to do without a programming
capability of some kind.
The program used, BTW, takes board width and thickness, tennon width,
height, and thickness, and tenon angle as parameters. It does all the
trig and cuts the resultant tenon joint. It'll work with thin stock as
shown - and equally well with two-by lumber. There's just no way to do
that kind of thing from a graphic.
DeSoto, Iowa USA