, i think i have finished doing this project, it has been so long doing it that i may of left something out but i`ll edit it in if and when the holes appear.
I wanted to get the imodela to make itself this 4th axis attachment
using the roland software and i`m not too sure if i can claim that to be the case, i did design and edit the 4th axis using 3rd party software, then imported the designs into the `creator`
software, i then traced the imported files with which i used to make the cutting paths, so in theory it could be said that the design could be done straight from the `creator`
software the problem is there are not enough measuring and editing tools to do it, hence the tracing.
This has not been so much a project but more like a journey due to finding out what can and cannot be done
using the whole imodela package
. The first trial i ditched half way through the design as impractical, the second design i actually finished making but after giving it some thought i came to the conclusion that other imodela users would not be able to drill 1" holes in a part so i redesigned again which is the one you see here.
As i don`t profess to be a teacher, i am more a `hands on` person myself, i found the tutorial explaining how to make this 4th axis, as much work, as the actual design itself so i just hope that it all makes sense to you all
I tried to maximise the available space and the indexing head is 26mm x 26mm
square so anything that fits on that will be o.k. for doing a 4 sided part, if you only want to do a `flip` you can use a very much larger width of material though.
Ok then, so enough rambling, the instructions is pretty much a manual and realising that i can only put 3 pictures per post and i had quite a few, i would have to put several posts as a series
so i instead put together everything into a PDF file instead, so if by some chance you are still reading all this you can open up the enclosed PDF file which contains everything, pictures and explanations, some 20 pages long
I`l just put a few pictures here just to wet your appetite.
I have also put together a video to go along with it all, and if like me your likely to prefer seeing something visual rather than reading.
I have learnt quite abit about what seemed to work machining polycarbonate with the imodela so i will put my findings in a future post here, i`m a bit burnt out with all this at the mo and have a few other things to do any way.
I decided on polycarbonate as it does not shatter and is very strong and is pretty hard as well (read as rigid).
i guess i ought to put a list of suppliers i found that supplied the materials in the small quantities so i`ll make that my next job...i`ll do it as an edit sometime. For all i know there is no one interested in all this and i`m just blowing in the wind, but at least the roland developers can`t say i didn`t give their goods a fare good going over.
YOUTUBE VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecyS45dw ... e=youtu.be