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    Jim, I used Azek a few times but cleaned up the...

    Jim,
    I used Azek a few times but cleaned up the over-painted areas with a damp rag. Good results but very time consuming. As Joe said, I would imagine your process will work (sanding the...
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    Steve, If your customer is unable to provide...

    Steve,
    If your customer is unable to provide you with better artwork, let me know. I can quote you a price for you to quote your customer to trace and re-build and/or clean up the image and provide...
  3. Erik, Please disregard my suggestion on this...

    Erik,
    Please disregard my suggestion on this post. I worded it incorrectly and it will not work as stated.
  4. Also, if you are zeroing to your table surface,...

    Also, if you are zeroing to your table surface, make sure you set your home position for "Z" (in Material Set-up) to safely clear the top of your material.
  5. When you preview the toolpath in PartWorks, I...

    When you preview the toolpath in PartWorks, I noticed that the cut depth appears to be the same whether you zero to the top or bottom of the material. Anyway, I usually set the z-zero in partworks to...
  6. Way too cool! Who needs Times Square.

    Way too cool! Who needs Times Square.
  7. Thread: Table Shake

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    Daniel, You may want to read Brady Watson's...

    Daniel,
    You may want to read Brady Watson's article on "Ramping" found on this forum. This may help prevent sudden starts and stops and table shaking.
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    Brian, CorelDraw is a 2D vector graphics program....

    Brian, CorelDraw is a 2D vector graphics program. I use Corel X3, and unless there is something new in X4, I don't believe you can do 3D drawings. You can create 3D looking objects with "extrusions,...
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    Are you re-zeroing your z-axis to the top of the...

    Are you re-zeroing your z-axis to the top of the material (with a contact plate and the z-zero routine) each time you change or re-install a bit. This may sound too obvious, but just a thought.
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    Did you run the Shopbot Setup routine (found in...

    Did you run the Shopbot Setup routine (found in the Tools menu? Sounds like maybe your Unit Values are incorrect for your particular machine.
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    There may be a better way of doing it, but I...

    There may be a better way of doing it, but I would try this:
    Chuck a V-Bit in your collet and move to your current 0,0 position. Secure something that will visibly show a small mark to your table...
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    There are a few ways you can do that. You can...

    There are a few ways you can do that. You can record your x and y locations for future reference, then do an M2 to that location and either run the file with a 2D offset or re-zero the x and y after...
  13. Thread: Tracing

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    I have version 13 (X3), but I started with...

    I have version 13 (X3), but I started with version 3 many years ago. I'm not sure of the differences. CorelTrace is fairly user friendly once you play with the different parameters when tracing. You...
  14. Thread: Tracing

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    Nat, I use CorelTrace for tracing bitmaps. If you...

    Nat, I use CorelTrace for tracing bitmaps. If you still have trouble with it, send me the bitmap and I will create a dxf file for you.
    GC
  15. Thread: Printing

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    You can export the selected vectors directly from...

    You can export the selected vectors directly from Partworks to an eps, dxf or ai file to another program, and then print it; or try the "print screen" feature which will save the whole screen image...
  16. Thread: Top 10 List

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    I have a "pre-flight" checklist that I keep on...

    I have a "pre-flight" checklist that I keep on the wall near my shopbot PC. I reveiew it prior to every job I cut. It works . . . especially the reminder to set and record the appropriate offset if...
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    Mike, I spoke to a guy who claims he uses his...

    Mike, I spoke to a guy who claims he uses his shopbot in a freezer to carve ice sculptures. I hope your shop doesn't get that cold.
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    You have mail!

    You have mail!
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    Unfortunately, all of those things Scott mentions...

    Unfortunately, all of those things Scott mentions here can also be the problem. It's worth checking them out. In the meanwhile, if I get your e-mail with the crv file, maybe you can eliminate one...
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    Markos, I never received your e-mail!

    Markos, I never received your e-mail!
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    Yes, sawdust535@aol.com...

    Yes, sawdust535@aol.com
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    If you want, e-mail me your .crv file from...

    If you want, e-mail me your .crv file from partworks and I'll look at it.
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    Markos, Are you running the Z-Zero routine to...

    Markos,
    Are you running the Z-Zero routine to the top of your material each time you change the bit or material?
  24. Make sure you click on "Set Up Materials" under...

    Make sure you click on "Set Up Materials" under "Tool Path Operations" and click the Z Zero radio button at the bottom of the material (for top of table). Then use the Z Zero routine to zero the...
  25. Scott, If you set the Z to the table top, and...

    Scott,
    If you set the Z to the table top, and set the material thickness to be 1 inch, and set the depth of cut to be 1/2", the depth of cut will be 1/2" above the table top. You can adjust those...
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