I made a pen-holder to attach to the SCARA robot Z-axis shaft and used it to draw some hilbert curves. The python script to generate the gcode is pretty easy and I’ve put it in a github repository
Another End-To-End Series
I’ve started a short series making a very simple four-part acrylic box. This is a good beginner project that touches on several different parts of FreeCAD including an add-on workbench for assembly.
Video Series Part 7 (Preferences) is out
Diving into Preferences, Job Templates, and Setup Sheets. Learn how to fine tune your Path workflow for maximum awesome.
FreeCAD version 0.17 Released!
It’s been just over two years since version 0.16 released and work on 0.17 started. This new release has many great new features. For me, of course, the most important is the completely overhauled Path (CAM) workbench. I’ve had the privilege of working on this with some outstanding developers (who also happen to be really…
New video tutorial series for FreeCAD Path workbench
FreeCAD version 17 is almost ready to be released. It will have a thoroughly overhauled CAM workbench called ‘Path’. I’ve done some videos and posts about this workbench over the last year or so and it has come a long way. I’m starting a new video tutorial series which will be more thorough and give…
First steps toward simulation in Path
User Shaise has been doing some very cool stuff simulating Path operations. Check out the video to see an example
Adding support for Arch Panels in FreeCAD Path.
A lot of projects include multiple parts made from a single sheet of uniform material – like a sheet of plywood. This causes some trouble in a CAD/CAM application You want to keep your overall model/assembly intact, but the build assembly isn’t the same as the cutting layout. You need to translate and rotate parts…
Introduction to the DogBone Dressup
Dogbone dressup modifies inside-corner cuts to remove material missed by a cylindrical cutter.
Dogfooding with FreeCAD Path
“Eating your own dog food, also called dogfooding, is a slang term used to reference a scenario in which a company uses its own product to validate the quality and capabilities of the product” I have a whole pile of old Altoid tins that I use to store small screws and such. The tins had…
FreeCAD Path Workbench – Big Vision and Baby Steps.
For the last few months I’ve been helping out with a side project to write a CAM workbench for FreeCAD. Being a not-very-good programmer, I’ve focused on cheer-leading, testing, and trying to stay out of the way. The project has come a long way, but it will still be a long time before the average…