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    Aspire has a fit curves to selected vectors icon...

    Aspire has a fit curves to selected vectors icon near the bottom of the drawing pane. That will reduce your node count like magic.
  2. I bought my PRS Alpha in 2009. it had com...

    I bought my PRS Alpha in 2009. it had com problems and the prox switches always threw limit errors. I disabled them just so I could run the machine. I always blamed my PC for the com errors. I...
  3. I have seen similar differences in climb vs...

    I have seen similar differences in climb vs conventional final size cuts on slot and tab designs in 3/4 " MDO.
    PRS/Alpha 1/4" downcut 2 inch per sec and 12000 RPM

    I guess I should to do some...
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    I don't know what is wrong with Festool sales...

    I don't know what is wrong with Festool sales people.

    I was just about to purchase a Kapex miter saw and a festool domino. Last week Festool came in and pulled all the product from our local...
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    Dropbox works great for automatic storage offsite...

    Dropbox works great for automatic storage offsite and automatic transfer to the shop computer.

    SpinRite works great for recovering bad drives. It will recover data when nothing else will. It has...
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    It might be related to the options selected when...

    It might be related to the options selected when the file was exported. It is easy to just click taking all the defaults.

    I see this problem all the time. My normal fix is to import the .eps fine...
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    A free program called Dropbox is a good way to...

    A free program called Dropbox is a good way to send files between computers and keep a safe backup copy in the cloud.

    I just save my files in the dropbox folder on the design computer and the...
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    We also have a network with both mac and pc...

    We also have a network with both mac and pc computers. Each computer syncs to DropBox allowing easy transfer of files between systems. This approach also provides automatic cloud storage in case of...
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    The best looking gold paint is sold by modern...

    The best looking gold paint is sold by modern masters. They will sell small containers.

    In One shot paints the metallic Brass color makes better gold letters than their gold colors.

    ernie
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  10. Thread: Employees

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    Kids are supervised and protected from danger...

    Kids are supervised and protected from danger until they are adults. They are not allowed to make mistakes on their own. Even sports are controlled by safety conscious adults. Schools and testing...
  11. Thread: Windows 8

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    computers have never been better.

    I started soldering together my first $3k computer kit in 1977. They were slow, unreliable and very expensive. I paid another $3k for a printer, $1500 for a plotter then had to hire an assembly...
  12. I spent many years working in semiconductor...

    I spent many years working in semiconductor cleanrooms that were continuously monitored for particles at every machine. If we could smell anything it indicated a problem that had to be fixed.
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  13. Thread: Vac Mat

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    That is an interesting concept. The small 0.010"...

    That is an interesting concept. The small 0.010" vacuum holes apparently do not present enough leakage to cause failure. They said they had a holding weight of 12 PSI in that application. I guess...
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    I worked in the semiconductor wafer business for...

    I worked in the semiconductor wafer business for many years and almost every piece of equipment used for handling wafers uses vacuum chucks in one form or another. It is really great to see this...
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    That is a clever setup. I could set up something...

    That is a clever setup. I could set up something like that, I wonder how much weight will the door track will hold? Any guesses?
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    No date that I could find, but it is Scheduled...

    No date that I could find, but it is Scheduled to be demonstrated at Siggraph Asia 2013 in November.

    I hope it will be released as a beta, it would be fun to experiment with. People are always...
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    3 sweep modeling software

    Someone is working on a new software package that lets you model from a photograph. This is an impressive concept, I will buy it when it comes out.
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    I have an early Alpha PRS and I used to get false...

    I have an early Alpha PRS and I used to get false emergency stops and table limit stops in the middle of the table. It didn't happen all the time but often enough that it drove me crazy.

    I...
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    I have corel X4 that I have to use with my laser....

    I have corel X4 that I have to use with my laser. But, I use the Vectric software for drawing, editing and vectorization. I export it as a .eps file back to Corel for use with the laser.

    Having...
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    Dymond wood is a nice phenolic filled plywood...

    Dymond wood is a nice phenolic filled plywood that is used for knife handles. It machines, sands and buffs nicely.
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    Waterjets can even cut cakes, ...

    Waterjets can even cut cakes,

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6WAqVgJTGk
  22. take a look at the sawmill creek laser engraving...

    take a look at the sawmill creek laser engraving forum. There is lots of good laser info there.
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    Thanks for the nice words guys. Here is another...

    Thanks for the nice words guys. Here is another example in Jatoba wood, 1/8" tapered ball nose 10% stopover and no sanding. A huge improvement when you respect the grain.

    Going across the grain...
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    I agree with the others, Across grain for...

    I agree with the others, Across grain for roughing and with grain for final finish. I get clean results with Jatoba wood, no sanding required.
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    Sorry you lost your dog. It is very hard to lose...

    Sorry you lost your dog. It is very hard to lose a close friend so suddenly.
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