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Re: [SLE] Re: VariCAD, was [SLE] Epson Stylus Photo 2200
  • From: Mike McMullin <mwmcmlln@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 02 May 2004 19:34:01 -0400
  • Message-id: <1083540840.4306.19.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Tue, 2004-04-27 at 11:57, Tony Alfrey wrote:
> On Monday 26 April 2004 01:55 pm, Mike McMullin wrote:
> > On Mon, 2004-04-26 at 08:44, Tony Alfrey wrote:
> > > On Monday 26 April 2004 03:28 am, Mike McMullin wrote:
> > > > On Sun, 2004-04-25 at 23:36, Tony Alfrey wrote:
> > >
> > > <snip>
> > >
> > > > > VariCAD is
> > > > > a) about 400 bucks US
> > > > > b) a true solid modeler, sorta like Autodesk Inventor
> > > > > c) will generate dxf 2-D files, and 3-D iges and dwg files that
> > > > > are readable by autocad but not "importable" into autocad. So
> > > > > autocad cannot edit the files.
> > >
> > > <snip>
> > >
> > > > Is the .IGES translator good enough for the like of WorkNC
> > > > *horribly fussy)?
> > > >
> > > > Mike
> > >
> > > Ummm, I don't know what you mean. I usually provide the 2-D dxf
> > > file and the solid iges file to my machine shop. Then, if I forget
> > > a dimension on the dxf, they pull up the iges solid to measure the
> > > part. The translator works 99% of the time and VariCAD is working
> > > on a new kernel that is supposed to fix a variety of small
> > > annoyances..
> >
> > We use WorkNC at work, and it's not the greatest in terms of
> > importing IGES files put out by Unigraphics. We get a lot of mangled
> > surfaces, and holes where there shold be any. Needless to say, holes
> > make for damaged cutters. :(
> >
> > Mike
>
> My shop really does not depend on the iges file to cut metal or generate
> a tool path directly, but more as a sanity check to confirm that their
> programming matches my idea of what the part is supposed to look like.
> It is my (perhaps uninformed) perception that the only way to get
> perfect transferability between CAD software to finished metal is for
> everthing in the chain between designer and machine tool is to use one
> comprehensive software package (I guess something like Pro Engineer).

Regrettably I don't know of one all-in-one package, and the CAM
software for Linux is not much past 2D from what I've seen. I wonder
if such a package isn't really above what FOSS is capable of delivering.
:(

Mike


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