PROJECTS - SOFTWARE
2004 / 2005
Latest c# .NET projects are here: www.gatefold.co.uk/smurf
3DG - 1998
I wrote this program to
create 3D reliefs using a Boxford VMC260 CNC milling machine and it's CNC software.
The example above has been created using a 100x100x8 greyscale bitmap the luminance
is linearly proportional to the milling depth. The relief above is not very
detailed due to the constraints of the Boxford program that cannot cope with
more than about 800 lines of G-Code.
The program 'scans' the milling
cutter line by line accross the work and changes
height according to the bitmap and the constraints in properties. The properties
allow the size of the work, the type of milling cutter (diameter, bull-nose,
etc), resolution of scanning, what type of look ahead is required and whether
the cut depth should be quantized (helps reduce number of lines of code). The
code generated is optimized by removing lines that are redundant (i.e. the depth
has not changed). This
version is written in VB 5, and is quite slow, I will be attempting to re-write
it it delphi when the need arises.
Download 3DG (220 kB) Requires standard VB5 runtimes
(get from microsoft) and a few ocx's