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by sliptonic
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:07 am
Forum: Path/CAM
Topic: Waterline machining proposals
Replies: 16
Views: 681

Re: Waterline machining proposals

And then we ship those algorithms. And they work for every shape. I cannot tell you how much I am looking forward to this change. For a while now I had the feeling our current approach has reached its potential and the number of edge cases, special cases, do's and don't's doesn't seem to quiet down...
by sliptonic
Tue Nov 06, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches
Replies: 116
Views: 1787

Re: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches

I have no data, but you are also ignoring the empirical data that is presented in this thread. There is no empirical data in this thread, only anecdotal data. You're proposing a change to UI based on a system that you 'think' captures 'most' users. UI decisions that are made that way often become e...
by sliptonic
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches
Replies: 116
Views: 1787

Re: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches

This is exactly what I said earlier. To most people, the "core" functionality of a CAD program is to draw, and create 3D solids. However, some users immediately felt threatened as they thought I was shooting down their own uses of the program. I think uses like Path, FEM, Arch, etc., have a lot of ...
by sliptonic
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Path/CAM
Topic: Let's talk about fixtures.
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Let's talk about fixtures.

Anyway, with FreeCAD aware of fixture offsets, it will be easy to generate a Gcode file to initialize those offsets. Assuming that machine home position is stable, we could then remount the fixture later (if using some kind of positioning system like pin holes), run the setup file and then use fres...
by sliptonic
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Path/CAM
Topic: Let's talk about fixtures.
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Let's talk about fixtures.

Oh... That's what I wanted to add. (returning to a machine setup in FreeCAD) Different controllers has different working offsets and even different manufacturers models can have different sets. Compare LinuxCNC and Fanuc and Siemens controllers, Mazak, etc. There are so many different G5* commands....
by sliptonic
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Path/CAM
Topic: Let's talk about fixtures.
Replies: 7
Views: 275

Re: Let's talk about fixtures.

It's nice to have automated fixture managing, that thinks for you, but I'm affraid, that it almost useless in this manner in real life. It is to rigid, uncontrollable and not easy to see what is happening. How can I control order of what operation must be done in which fixture? (it the way you prop...
by sliptonic
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Path/CAM
Topic: Face operation (Pocket Shape operation), Material Allowance (Pass Extension)
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: Face operation (Pocket Shape operation), Material Allowance (Pass Extension)

Thanks for the patch and the issue. I've been out of pocket for a bit with some family stuff. The patch looks good to me but I haven't actually tested it.

jurij, if you're comfortable with git, go ahead and do a pull request for the change. If not, I can do one.
by sliptonic
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches
Replies: 116
Views: 1787

Re: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches

I'm sorry, but just because you don't value this conversation doesn't mean nobody does. I think there are some users that are definitely against changing the status quo; they want to keep everything as it is now. But I do think there are some users that partially agree with my idea of better struct...
by sliptonic
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Help on using FreeCAD
Topic: cnc help question
Replies: 1
Views: 50

Re: cnc help question

FreeCAD's Path workbench is for building tool paths for CNC machines. Check out that part of the forum for more details or check out the videos linked on my youtube channel (in my signature). Gcode has many dialects but most CNC machines use a variant similar to LinuxCNC. If your machine requires so...
by sliptonic
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: Open discussion
Topic: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches
Replies: 116
Views: 1787

Re: [Discussion] Defining core workbenches

However, I ask you, what is what you think when you hear the word "CAD". CAD to me implies creating a model from scratch, either extruding, padding, drawing, cutting, etc., something like that. I believe the core functionality of FreeCAD is more or less in this sense. Other functionalities can be a...

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