- December 13, 2015 at 8:01 pm #4927
I’m looking to upgrade beyond ESTLCam and got aspire. I tinkered with it a bit, let me know if there’s any improvements to be made
Available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yb7hufcfifzkukr/Marlin_mm.pp?dl=0
Or from here: http://pastebin.com/XAUZgXGA
make into filename marlin_mm.pp
place file in the folder here: http://support.vectric.com/aspire-questions/item/where-to-find-post-processors-folder-on-pcDecember 14, 2015 at 5:04 pm #4949
What would you say the biggest difference is over estlcam? I have a hard time spending $2000 when estlcam and fusion are both free or very low cost. I actually haven’t found anything I can’t do yet with estlcam.February 3, 2016 at 10:45 pm #6979
When you save a tool path in aspire. .. The post processor drop down menu has many post processors to choose from. I was using aspire with mach 3 on a different machine, and had to change it to…Emco VMC ATC (mm)(*.nc) from the drop down. .. Works beautifully.May 25, 2016 at 9:33 am #12823
Damnit! I only found this now because I was going to post a post processor for Aspire to save others time. The only thing mine has additionally is gcode for a tool change using @pause and some movements to put the bit front and center, which works beautifully in Repetier.
@vicious1: I started with ESTLcam as per your recommendations, and it works OK, but Aspire (or even VCarve) are leaps and bounds over ESTLcam. There are 3 major features that are available that are deal-winners:
1) if you have a very detailed image that you want to carve, you can select everything and have Aspire carve it, in ESTL, I couldn’t figure out how to do this, I had to select each path individually.
2) 3d Preview: you can preview that final carved product on your material (there is a list with different materials to choose from, and it helps choose parameters based on that material, like slower feedrate in hardwoods)
3) optimized toolpaths. in ESTLcam, the bit would jump around making little dots in random places all over the board… Aspire seems very optimized that it doesn’t jump around much, making a project that took 1h45m in ESTLcam take 35m in Aspire with the same feedrate and tool movement speeds.
and then theres things like tiling, which i’m building machine to be able cut a 4×8 sheet in 3 tiles (48″x32″ cut area) which i’m not sure i’ll use, but a cool feature.
btw i’m not affiliated with Vectric, Just trying to help save others the time I put in looking at CAM software.May 25, 2016 at 9:55 am #12826
I talked to vectic at the makerfaire and they offer a manufacturer discount for there software. So we could do a group but or something, but I think there stipulation was it has to be bundled with hardware and I can only discount the hardware. I need to talk to them but I wan to get the new parts out first.October 31, 2016 at 9:37 pm #20384
Can you share your PP file with tool change pause? ThanksNovember 1, 2016 at 2:54 am #20388
Aspire also has some of the easiest to use 3d CAM features around plus full support for rotary wrapped toolpaths. Great software for sure.I have a copy of Aspire 8 , not sure if it’s the newest version.
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