Ordered a 1013 & awaiting it's arrival. I've downloaded the manual from the website and read it. (I know, novel concept) Anyway, I am trying to find information out on the different cutters & when to use them but haven't had any luck. Any direction would be appreciated. (I wondered if the ipicture program provided that information based on the project you are working with?)
Also you can use other software and run the nc file through I-picture to get a gee file. The machine will run a plain nc metric file but the display wont have a reading so I always turn mine into gee code.
Thank you gullyfoyle, I'll review this stuff tonight. I glanced at it and it looks like a lot of good information. I believe the 1013 comes with 2 & Oliver offers a total of 6 according to the manual. I thought it was odd that 3 of them were metric & 3 were not. Wasn't sure if there was any significance there or not.
Would it be recommended to get all the bits or are the 2 plenty for a beginner?
gullyfoyle, Thanks for all your help. I am starting to think that they only have 3 cutters available. The manual lists 6 each (See attached) with a different Model # for each, however Woodcraft only sells 3 models. I thought there were 3 metric & 3 English models. But upon closer review I notice that the metric & English sizes are the same. 0.5mm = 1/50" 0.8 mm = 1/32" 3.2mm = 1/8"
If this is true, I have no idea why the manual lists them the way they do with separate model #s.
Supposedly the machines are the same, built in the same factory, just sold with different names. Because their forum has been up longer there are more posts. Gregg has posted there before this forum, and I read what they had to say. That is where I found the I-Picture setting advice.
These Router and Woodworking forums have lots of information as well. Some even geared toward CNC.
Greg, I am so new to this that I don't have the slightest idea what you are trying to tell me.......
A couple of questions. 1. What "other software"? 2. What is "nc" or "nc metric"?
I apologize in advance for being so "green".....
You'll soon see that I-picture is just for working with photo's and there's lots of software that can do other things. One thing they did put into I-picture was the ability to open other programs output files normally called G-code, I-picture outputs Gee code, most software on the market outputs various machine code for different machines and generic code is normally an .Nc code file. I-picture can open this file and convert it into a .Gee code file, you can ask these other software companies for a file called a "post processor" made just for your machine but I still run it through I-picture before running it.
In this way you can purchase other software that lets you do stuff like cut out parts or whatever you want to do with it.
There are some pitfalls like you should always do a border check before cutting to make sure your bit does not hit the hold down dogs and it's going to cut the way you planned, before doing anything new ask about it here. Greg
Greg, Thanks for your post. I do want to make cut outs, so it sounds like I might need other software to do that?
Also, for just doing signs with decorative borders, do I just open the border image & then add text using a program like Photoshop Elements and then carve it at one time? Or do I have to carve the border, then go back & carve the text using a 2nd .gee file?
Photoshop, or any image software, is fine. Basically you are just doing lines. Like a coloring book. The same is true if you want to do cut outs. Draw a duck, throw it in I-Picture, make sure the line depth is greater that the wood. 1/4 wood is .250. so say .260 is .10 deeper that the wood. You choose how deep you want to go in a throw away board underneath. Kind of a waste of wear and tear to cut too deep in a sacrifice board.
I have tried many programs including the free photoshop link I posted on here but I still go back to using Gimp it's easier to learn and work. You can use Gimp to copy a border to a transparent or white background and paste it on top of the one you want to have a border then use the transparency slider to make the bottom pic come through the top one. Flatten the pic to make it one layer then save it and open in I-pic. Like this: