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I've seen those before in Marquette, they are funny but I don't know what you would do with it. It is not allowed on the trails, it isn't road legal, and it isn't a dirt bike. You are restricted to dirt bike trails so getting a dirt bike would only make sense. 

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Finally got the software for the router on Thursday.

First project finished. A Hoffmeister kink inspired paper towel holder.

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I'm still on the learning curve with the machine, but it seems to work alright. Not as precise as I would like for routing, but better than the poorly-setup Shopbot machine they had at FVTC.

wasnt m3 and m42b32 like this

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I think it would be way too heavy and cumbersome to deal with actual mountain bike trails, not to mention really bad etiquette. I like the idea of having a super-light "moped" with full-size wheels and a riding position that's more motorcycle than scooter, but I doubt this thing is actually street legal, so.... I guess that makes it pretty much useless...? dunno.

Pedal it around as a bike. Win.

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Something tells me that I shouldn't check the compression on my engine. It's probably from Jeff and Snap....

I wouldn't, I'll never do another check again. I will just listen to the Subaru engine that someone swapped in. Plus who needs mosquitos anyway??

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Beating up on the CAM software. It took about 8 minutes to generate the toolpaths for this. Part is 24" square. Bit is a 1/32" end mill. Estimated run time on the machine is 5 hours and 22 minutes.

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I'm using Vectric VCarve Pro. It has some rudimentary drawing/CAD abilities (which are terrible IMO), but it's main purpose (IMO) is to take whatever files you import into it and create toolpaths (in this case G code).

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I left it at the default 100 in/min. Cut depth was .025" per pass x2 for a total depth of .050"

I haven't done much research on feeds and speeds yet, just kind of winging it at the moment. I have a feeling the estimated time is really optimistic because the acceleration of the machine is pretty slow. I'll have to look in to that at some point...

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What is the cutter you are using? Flute count, coating, flute length and overall length? do you have a link to it? Also what is the max rpm that you have? Type of wood? Soft hard plywood?

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Easy there cowboy. I think you're more excited about this stuff than I am.

The machine is at my shop space, which is 100 miles from where I live, so I only get to play around with it on the weekends. It's summer though, so there's other stuff to do on the weekends too. It'll be a month or two before I start to get the machine and the process dialed in. For the moment I'm happy just using whatever bits I got from the previous owner or picked up from the big box store to turn out some hobby-grade projects.

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1 hour ago, HipMF said:

Easy there cowboy. I think you're more excited about this stuff than I am.

The machine is at my shop space, which is 100 miles from where I live, so I only get to play around with it on the weekends. It's summer though, so there's other stuff to do on the weekends too. It'll be a month or two before I start to get the machine and the process dialed in. For the moment I'm happy just using whatever bits I got from the previous owner or picked up from the big box store to turn out some hobby-grade projects.

It's like having another version of my self talking about it! 

Hey, drinking beer is an important part of summer! 

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26 minutes ago, Jeff said:

Sorry man i'll keep it at bay. I do this stuff every day and still have not lost interest in it. It's what I do for fun as well as a job

Don't sweat it lol  
I was irritating him with how much I looked forward to it being up and running, as there are so many things that you can do with it! 

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