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    Default CAM for CNC code for cutting trispokedovetiles (3-spoke dovetailing tiles)

    For Computer-Aided Manufacturing of trispokedovetiles, I've published a Javascript web-page -

    Trispokedovetiles: CNC code to cut tiles web-page G-code generator [LINK]


    - which generates Computer Numerical Control (CNC) code which I've tested with CNC Simulator Pro [LINK] but not on a real CNC cutter as yet.

    In case you are wondering what a "trispokedovetile" is, it is the name I have given to a class of 3-spoke dovetailing tiles which fit together like this.

    trispokedovetiles_3x3d.jpg

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    Why does anyone want to make these besides you? What was your application for the tiles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hazzert View Post
    Why does anyone want to make these besides you? What was your application for the tiles?
    I had in mind for armour tiles, as per ...

    bullet_proof_silicon_carbide_plate_sic_ceramic.jpg
    Hexagonal ceramic armour tiles.

    ... but interlocking sideways, like jigsaw puzzle pieces.

    jigsaw-puzzle.jpg

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    Only any use for near zero diameter cutters, so laser and possibly plasma as sharp outside corners will not mesh with tool-radius inside corners,

    - Nick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicolas View Post
    Only any use for near zero diameter cutters, so laser and possibly plasma as sharp outside corners will not mesh with tool-radius inside corners,

    - Nick
    or waterjet or a mold or 3D print

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Dow View Post
    ...I've published a Javascript web-page which generates Computer Numerical Control (CNC) code which I've tested with CNC Simulator Pro [LINK] but not on a real CNC cutter as yet...
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    or waterjet or a mold or 3D print
    Tell me more about these CNC moulds

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    Peter Dow, no problem, just need to know the "kerf" of the process used, Waterjet or laser depending upon material

    Pay attention to the corners, no sharp but .010r is good.
    do this:
    Calibration cuts prior to production run.

    A mold will co$t.....

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    Cool

    TRISPOKEDOVETILES ROUTER CUTTING

    My trispokedovetile CAD-CAM webpage now offers an (X,Y,Z) option for router cutting using rotary tool paths between spaced out tiles -
    trispokedovetiles_spaced.jpg

    I've simulated the CNC router code -
    routersimulation.jpg

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    BEWARE BAD LINKS ABOVE!
    I lost my website hosting in January. I was not "hacked" but the gcehosting administrator seems to have gone out of business and the hosting company he was using (godaddy) is serving various spurious adverts whenever anyone clicks one of my old links.
    I have got the following pages back on-line with a different hosting company now so try these links.
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    I can't edit my earlier posts to correct the old links, sorry.
    I've not done anything with this project since January.

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    Tri spoke. Laser cut with oxygen as an assist gas. None fell through as the kerf is so freekin small. Whole puzel came of the machine in one piece. 6 pierces total? Co edge cutting. They can be removed and put in any configuration. The bi spoke sample has 6 pierces and I could have made all lead in pierces but did not. That piece was a small blank and on the last cut if fell through the grid. Still, only 2 pieces came out of the nest, it is that snug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruffy887 View Post
    Tri spoke. Laser cut with oxygen as an assist gas. None fell through as the kerf is so freekin small. Whole puzel came of the machine in one piece. 6 pierces total? Co edge cutting. They can be removed and put in any configuration. The bi spoke sample has 6 pierces and I could have made all lead in pierces but did not. That piece was a small blank and on the last cut if fell through the grid. Still, only 2 pieces came out of the nest, it is that snug.
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    0703171717.jpg0703171721.jpg0703171726.jpg
    Very nice. Those are the first metal trispokedovetiles I have seen cut.

    Did you use my Trispokedovetiles: CNC code to cut tiles by Peter Dow page to generate the CNC code?

    I'm thinking you may have used another method to CAM the tri spokes because you must have used your own CAM method for your original bi spoke tiles, shown in your 4th photograph, because my web-page only does tri spokes, not bi spokes.
    Last edited by Peter Dow; 07-04-2017 at 08:36 AM.

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    Drawn in Autocad, blocked, nested and exported as a .dxf. Laser cutter control takes dxf files directly, others too. Once the nest was on the screen I selected the Co Edge icon and the software eliminated all double lines so the laser never traced over any cut lines. I did not use any lead ins and let the control pierce where it wanted to. I could have used lead ins at any pierce that was at the edge of the nest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruffy887 View Post
    Drawn in Autocad, blocked, nested and exported as a .dxf.
    Perfect job for APT. With the use of variables you could make the tiles any size you want with just a couple simple changes.


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