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Thread: Multi-sided machining Tips

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    Default Multi-sided machining Tips

    I am looking to carve at least 4 sides of a wood block (top, bottom, left, right) on my shopbot buddy (3-axis). Has anyone tried doing this yet? I am using vcarve pro and it seems to only support 2 sided machining natively. I am guessing I need to do this with 2 different vcarve files.

    Looking for any tips or insights both in the software and setting up the machine to do this and maintain alignment.

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    I've done it with two, two-sided files.
    ShopBot Details:
    PRS Alpha 96x60x12
    4hp Spindle
    12" indexer
    Aspire
    Rhino

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    Maybe a good read for fixturing for 4 sided?
    https://forum.vectric.com/viewtopic....262895#p262895
    scott P.
    2013 Desktop/spindle/VCP 10
    Maine

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    Thank you for sharing. I will see if I can adapt something similar to that and make it work.

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    Perhaps an irrelevant tip:

    An indexer makes for an excellent hold down device for doing multi-sided machining.
    ShopBot Details:
    PRS Alpha 96x60x12
    4hp Spindle
    12" indexer
    Aspire
    Rhino

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    I ended up making a fixed hold down board with a machined pocket. Each cut used the same XYZ 0 point.

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