This all started out as an idea to create a project consisting of 4-5 separate models that had endless possibilities of configurations. These models would be developed around a specific theme. The end user might want to only machine one of the models or assemble them into a more interesting model. Depending on how they would be used the possibilities for each mini project would be many and if combined with other mini projects the sky would be the limit.
Adding to these mini projects instructions and tutorials on how to use the files in various software packages.
Doing all of that and offer them at a good price point to make them appealing.
Sounds easy right?
Not so much.
In the end, for now, this is what we have decided to do.
Create one mini project that we give to you for free with instruction and video tutorials. This project would answer 80% of the questions and get everyone off on a good foot. All of the other mini projects will reference this for help unless of course there is special information that you might need for that particular project.
What level of experience will you need?
When it comes to using the model to assemble a project you should be reasonably knowledgeable in the modeling software you use. We will label the projects with a Novice, Experienced or Take Your Chances label to help determine if a project is for you. Most will have the Novice... but look out for the others.
Creating tooling and getting your machine to output a good final piece, that is up to you. You may need to brush up on how to create toolpaths, have someone else create the tooling for you or contact the reseller or manufacturer of the software for help. We will, over time, try to create a FAQ on this to help you but seeing as machining software is all different and every machine works different it would be impossible to foresee every situation.
The videos we will be posting will focus on our projects being used in Vectric's Aspire software. That does not mean that you can't use our models in other packages. Below is a list of the file types offered and what software you can use them with. This is not a complete list but should help.
.3dclip - Aspire v3.5 or later - If you have an older version please select the STL version and use the import feature.
.png - Grayscale bitmap files for use in software like CarveWright or other software that can create a bas-relief model from a grayscale image.
Question or need additional info?
Feel free to contact us after you have watched all of the tutorials and have tested your software with the free mini project. Make sure to be clear on what you are having trouble with or the question you have. Please reference the software and version numbers if needed.
Getting Started Videos
Free Heart and Ribbon Project
The project below is to accompany the Getting Started Videos. These are provided for free to help all Weekend CNC Warriors better understand how our projects can be used.
The Free Heart and Ribbon project contains the following models and project sheet.