Hi from a Brit' in Portugal

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Jph
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Hi from a Brit' in Portugal

Post by Jph » Sun May 24, 2020 2:48 pm

Hi all,
Name is Joe.
Nice to meet up with you guys an gals
I am a retired Brit' but living in Portugal. New user to QCAD/CAM
I have a small home CNC router that I intend to use for acrylic and aluminium for aircraft panels for flight simulation.
Usually triple layer panels with back-lit engraving.
Absolutely loving the program.
I had a cad package about 20 years ago - can't remember the name - but it was fairly good. QCAD is amazing though.
Congrats to Andrew and all contributors for a fantastic package.
Not sure at this stage if I will use the 'cam' part - it all depends how complex it is. For my type of use I have been looking seriously at Estlcam for the CAM interface as it is so beautifully easy and simple to use. (it is NOT a CAD package - purely a CAM tool setter and driver).
The CAD work will obviously ALL be done in QCAD. I really hope I can get to grips with the CAM interface in QCAD/CAM though. I am quite a way off that yet though. :) :) :D

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Re: Hi from a Brit' in Portugal

Post by andrew » Mon May 25, 2020 8:08 am

Thanks for your introduction and welcome to the forum.

Please read through the QCAD/CAM tutorial to get started with QCAD/CAM. This guides you through the steps to create tools, toolpaths and output G-Code:
https://qcad.org/en/tutorial-qcad-cam

Jph
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Re: Hi from a Brit' in Portugal

Post by Jph » Mon May 25, 2020 2:20 pm

Hello Andrew and thank you for the reply. I don't know why I couldn't find that help page ? that is fantastic. It really DOES look easy. :o (even for me)
It is all a bit overwhelming at first, but I am already well on my way to producing my first panels at the design stage.
The tool paths and setting seem logical, that is great. Do you have a section on engraving ? - or is that basically just a case of the correct tool / path and Z dimension (depth of cut) ?
What a super program. Huge thanks.
Joe

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