The mechanical connection between the motor and the screw that turns and moves the machine sideways, that shaft connection to the motor should have allan screws and the motor could be slipping making you loose position thats what it really looks like to me.
I could run your code to check it but I have read some of the code you have shown and it looks fine to me.
let us know how the new one works, Bob onne of the reasons I suspect the motor connections is most of the skewed cuts are in places were the motor changes direction although I'm not ruling out circuit board trouble or software especially software because my machine works fine using cut 2d but will go off cut almost everytime trying to make a two pass cut using I-picture.
Hi Greg i purchased a cnc oliver intellicarve and it came with a 3D Grayscale library and i am looking for a software to do the same as the images i have in this library, i was told by a cnc distributor that the new machines come with ArtCam Express and u can drap any image into the interface and change it into a grayscale 3d image ready for cutting, will ArtCam Express do this or do u no a software where you just drag and drop and convert into a 3d grayscale image, this is a image of how i want the software to convert it too, thx Greg nice meeting you
Did you purchase the 1013 or the 1015 ? the 1013 does not have art cam with it. As far as Grayscale images , you will need some photo editing software to clean up and adjust pictures to carve, and no, unfortunately there is no magic program that simply converts images to be like the ones that came with the machine. They are not only grayscale but a depth map as well. While you can turn any image into grayscale, but you will need to add effects to it to make it come out like the supplied images.
Hi Bob i bought the 1013 but i would also buy artcam express if it will do what is needed to be done to convert images, what would you recommend? i bought the intellicarve 1013 because i build 17th century war ships like the golden hind, victory ect,for museums and clients i build them all and was hoping it would speed up the carving process so i could max my production and once i have the software i need i will be purchasing more intellicare machines so my clientele will expand,when i purchased the machine i was told i could carve anything so i need to get the right software and get at it
as long as the software Bob can do images like the dog i posted with the 3D step i can cut the rest out manually it is still way faster then carving by hand my fingers are not what they use to be lol, i find the machine very accurate, the 1013 is a bit slow that is why soon as i learn the software side of manipulating the grayscale 3D images i will be purchasing a bigger intellicarver, i have a programming back ground and degree i just have never played with 3D grayscale images, i am not sure if it is like morphing the image or what this is what i am trying to find out lol thank u for your time
You basically need to look at an image and decide which points will be higher and lower and adjust the shades of white to black accordingly, as I-Picture software sees white as the highest point and black as the deepest. With photo editing you can then add either a blur to the elements of the image or a gradient, this gives images a contour such as the grayscales that came with the machine. Without doing the adjustments of blur or gradient, for the most part images will carve pretty much straight up and down. I use I-Picture only to create the code for the machine to run, and do not have any cad/cam program for running code for the machine, but it is my understanding that those programs will speed up the carving process. I-Picture only runs the machine back and forth in what is called raster based method back and forth over areas that you do not need carved, just like your printer for your PC does . You don't actually want every square inch of a page printed but it will run back and forth over it, where as a machine that is running code from a cad/ cam program can make the machine run to carve only the elements you want to carve and quicker.
so is artcam express good for editing like you are mentioning or do i need to purchase a 3D rendering software and edit the pictures first, i think i have 3d software in the basement covered in dust somewhere lol but it will be from the university years long ago and probably would not install on the imac duel boot win 7, actually in the old days i did a lot of programming for linux mandrake before Mandriva bought them out and they use to have a lot of picture editing tools i actually read somewhere they have cnc editing picture software maybe ill install it on laptop and see if they do, here is some of the carving i do and the ships i build the biggest being 8 feet long & high
The only program I know of that comes close to being able to do what he wants is Aspire and that program is about 2 grand. I'm no expert on Artcam but I would think if you can change a pic to an STL you are at least half way to making the greyscale. As far as I know you can convert a pic to an STL with Artcam but with Aspire you can then convert that to the greyscale, not sure if Artcam has an add on to complete those conversions.