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Postby Brian Shannon » Sun, Aug 06 2006, 1:25PM

Joe,

Thanks for the info.. That's pretty much what I'm doing exept for the 2\" Z-shift. I also had several tools in my tool group. Are you doing this(2\") because Profile Modeler is writing CNC code too deep and it must be compensated ? Are you changing it in that code or before the CNC code is writen in Profile Modeler? Ryan said that soon they will release an update so we can run MDF doors in RN.



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Postby Joe Soto » Sun, Aug 06 2006, 1:37PM

Brian,
No, I add the 2\"in the cnc code to give me a chance to see if everything is ok, then change it back. It has been right since the update. Nesting would be great, I did a job of 60 3 pass doors with v4, nested the slabs then one at a time using custom tools= 90 tool changes. :roll: Not counting the time to do 90 profiles in the editor.
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Postby Jeff Norris » Sun, Aug 06 2006, 1:58PM

why are you having to use a 2\" zshift?

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Postby Joe Soto » Sun, Aug 06 2006, 2:33PM

Jeff,
You dont have to. I did to be sure everyting was ok, I could use any number but 2\" gives me a few milli seconds to hit the e-stop if i needed to. ( I thought this was better than bondo to keep air from leaking under the table. :wink: )Then set it back to .985 in my case because my wasteboard = .235.
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Postby Brian Shannon » Mon, Aug 07 2006, 2:41PM

All is working well now. When I upgraded to 1.2 I chose \"Modify\" instead of \"Repair\" and it did not load the upgrade like I thought it did. Mine chose to cut the whole thing with the 1/8\" end mill. Nice sharp miters. The surface is a little fuzzy. Is there a better material for paint grade doors? Rangerboard or Extira maybe?


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Postby Forrest Chapman » Mon, Aug 07 2006, 4:12PM

Brian,

What are you using for tooling and how do you set up your tool sets for mdf in the modeler?

Ranger board is good quality but you need to ask for high IB or high grade internal bond. This product is superior to cheaper mdf's. Also when you tool up for production and you want to buy pcd (diamond) you need to get 3/4\" shanks for less vibration and reduced flex. I have both 3/4 and made the mistake of buying 1/2\" and can tell a noticable difference.

I anticipate hearing your experiance with the doors.

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Postby Joe Soto » Mon, Aug 07 2006, 7:46PM

Brian,
Glad to hear you got it working! You can hit the reverse tool path button to get rid of the fuzz, but the parts that arn't fuzzy now will be. Better board will really help, I have had good luck with Plum Creek 2 and Excell+ but have heard Ranger double refined is good also. I will see if I can find the hi IB. Its worth a few cents a foot not having to sand.

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Are you cutting a lot of doors? If so are you using Panelmatrix?
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Postby Brian Shannon » Mon, Aug 07 2006, 11:30PM

I was using what THM sent me for the carving. I'm pretty sure it was an upcut bit. No wonder it was fuzzy. I think I was running about 500 on the feed and 18000 rpm. I'll try a different tool on Tuesday. This program really has potential and will be a great asset to many of us. Good job THM Team!

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Postby Forrest Chapman » Tue, Aug 08 2006, 6:17AM

Hey Joe,

I do cut alot of doors for myself and others. I am currently using Cabinet Vision for this but have looked into Panelmatrix as well. With CV you can produce a door and then batch any size so it is fairly proficiant. I hope it will be this easy in Ecabs. I am mainly concerned that if I have dedicated tools that the program won't choose a smaller tool and try to carve the pattern. I will be at the show all 4 days and hope to get alittle demo for this.

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Postby Joe Soto » Tue, Aug 08 2006, 9:02AM

Forrest,
You are able to tell the profile modeler that you want to use a custom tool. This is how I did my last set of doors using whiteside door bits.
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Postby Ryan Hochgesang » Tue, Aug 08 2006, 10:13AM

Brian,

There are no issues with the latest Profile Modeler update, that I'm aware of. If you continue to have issues, you can give us a call at Thermwood for additional help if you'd like. Soon to be released, Profile Modeler will be a part of control nesting as I have told Jeff.
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Postby Brian Shannon » Tue, Aug 08 2006, 10:23AM

Ryan,


I think it is working good now. Thanks for all of your help!

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Postby Joe Soto » Tue, Aug 08 2006, 10:40AM

Ryan Hochgesang wrote:Brian,

Soon to be released, Profile Modeler will be a part of control nesting as I have told Jeff.

Just wondering if that includes other parts as well as doors? I remember watching some crown molding being nested on a sheet of mdf while I was at Thermwood.
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Postby Jason Susnjara » Tue, Aug 08 2006, 12:12PM

Hi Guys,

You want to use an MDF material that is sealed on both sides depending on how you are going to paint the door. We use 48 pound density Norboard. For our finishing we have to spray an edge filler on the machined surfaces so that the paint did not soak into the board. WE forgot to do this on a piece of trupan (not sealed) and when we got to the basecoat, it just soaked in and we had to sand it and reapply the basecoat until it quit soaking into the wood.

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Postby Forrest Chapman » Tue, Aug 08 2006, 1:56PM

Hey Guys,

Just a little tip for mdf doors. If you have fuzzing after using your bits for a while you can use wood glue mixed 50% with water and apply with a brush or spray then sand after 30 minutes. This actually seals the cut surface very well and allows for the first coat of undercoater to go on smooth.


Most (door grade) material is sealed on both sides and looks like its waxed.
I also use white one side when I have a white interior.


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