Understanding My Enemy

My interests in CNC and machining developed over a period of years in a very organic way.  I have no formal training in either engineering or manufacturing –my interests were born out of necessity.   Learning that way is great if you have the time and patience.  Sometimes, however,  it’s just frustrating.  You find yourself…

Simple Assemblies in FreeCAD

FreeCAD’s assembly module is still in development.  By all reports, this is going to be an amazing feature just dripping with awesome sauce.  Alas, it’s not here yet. In the meantime, if you want to design anything with multiple parts, your options are pretty limited.  Here’s a technique I’ve been using on the OpenROV project:…

All about HeeksCNC post-processing

In HeeksCNC, ‘Postprocessing’ is the action that turns your project file with all the operations and geometry into g-code that your CNC machine can run. Machines in the real world vary greatly. They use different controllers, have different capabilities, and are customized for different uses. One of the most powerful features of HeeksCNC is the…