So, there I was sittin' there and minding my own business and then "Swx
is unable to obtain required memory..."
That is not the point of this post. We'll leave that one to Good Ol'
I am drawing a fairly complicated little part that has a number of
radii and an intricate loft. This part needs to be completely smooth -
perfect tangencies, etc. How do I go about making sure that it is
correct? Is the 'zebra stripes display' the way to go? If so, how do
I read and understand what I am seeing?
Thanks, group. You guys rock.
...driving 90 miles to work - one way...
The fastest and surest way to check an entire model for c1 tangency is
to turn the display to HLR wireframe, and change the tangent edge
display to 'as phantom'. (under system options-display/selection). All
tangent edges are dashed, all non-tangent edges are solid lines.
In my opinion (I think that's implied, but I have to add that since
aquiring my own Cliff) I find zebra stripes to require way too much
rotation and zooming to catch the edges that are just a little off -
using HLR nails the non-tangent edges right away in a non-ambiguous
The next step was mentioned by the Tick - if you have a hard line
indicating non-tengency, check to see if the non-tangency is big enough
to matter by using deviation analysis. If its a fraction of a degree,
it probably won't matter and will get polished out when making the
tool. Most of the solidworks surfacing tools (loft, fill, etc)
frequently are a little off - the SolidWorks guys have told me they
think anything within a degree is really good.
Be especially careful of certain settings.
- 'Optimise surface' on a tangent surface fill will give you surfaces
that are sometimes OK, and other times are 10-20 degrees off tangnet
(while turning it off gives really nice connections within a fraction
fo a degree).
- I find it iroic that if you use 'curvature continuous' as a start or
end tangency on a loft you can end up with a deviation analysis that
can be 2-10 degrees off tangent!
- Also be careful of edges between sections on a variable radius fillet
- the different fillet sections might not be tangent to each other and
might require some repair with surface fills
Banquer-hood? Dare I dream?
Alas, I must humbly admit that it is beyond me to even attempt to
compare to him, and I regret it if anyone read my post as an attempt to
latch on to his stardom. I am just a man - he is the legend, the
You do realize that after I modeled Bottlebob's part in VX and posted
the screen shots that Cliff never would take the challenge and never
could produce *any proof* that he can use a modern CADCAM system.
What has it been 2 years now since I posted the VX screen shots of
He's mentally ill, Tom and he has been for many years.
Cliffys mental illness is very hard for most people to accept and
understand. No doubt in my mind that Cliffy is getting worse every
year. Cliffy still sends me e-mail even when I have made it clear I
don't wish to hear from him by e-mail so he uses fake names... typical
of his stalker behavior.
Cliffy tried using fake names to post to the MMS Online CADCAM Forum in
an effort to stalk me and they deleted all of his posts. Still laughing
my ass off over that one.
Cliffy has done so much damage to alt.machines.cnc that I got sick of
his shit and requested and got a CAD/CAM Web Forum on
www.practicalmachinist.com and it seems to be doing very well.
I wish MMS Online should follow Practical Machinists lead but for some
reason A.J. does nothing about their crappy web software and tries to
moderate the entire thing himself. Maybe A.J. had no funds available
but in the mean time American Machinist Magazine is just kicking Modern
Machine Shops ass with its Practical Machinist online forums and making
Modern Machine Shop look like fools.
I had high hopes for CNC Zone but the owner Paul turned out to be a
total asshole who is only interested in making as much money as he can
from on-line advertisers and will suck their cocks even when it's not
in the best interest of the forum as a whole. Chris Corbel ( A lying
little fuck if there ever was one) of BobCADCAM basically got Paul the
owner of CNC Zone to rim his ass in an effort to protect BobCADCAM from
Many of the regulars on CNC Zone got sick of Paul's phony ass, said
fuck you, and headed to the Practical Machinist Web Forums.
A former long time poster to alt.machines.cnc is the moderator of the
CAD/CAM forum that I requested and got. He no longer posts to
alt.machines.cnc like many of us no longer will do.
IMO, if you or others want to try and save what little is left of
alt.machines.cnc then a moderated newsgroup or web forum should be
It's unfortunate that say Anthony, Black Dragon or Steve Mackay won't
or can't create a moderated newsgroup or web forum for
One last note. You gave me credit for saying that SolidWorks sucks at
large assemblies. I don't work with large assemblies and I never said
this. That SolidWorks sucks at large assemblies has been stated by
SolidWorks users like Paul Salvador and others.
Salvador has also stated that SolidWorks does not work very well for
top down design. Salvador and I rarely get along or see eye to eye and
he can feel free to correct anything that he feels I got wrong in
regards to Solidworks handling of top down design or large assemblies.
I was responding to the thread and did not notice the cross post when
However you just did the same thing your complaining about, you cross
posted a response to a thread in both groups. Doesn't make sense to me,
do as I say not as I do?
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