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DeskProto CAM software: 3D CNC machining for non-machinists.
DeskProto CAM software: 3D CNC machining for non-machinists.

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Today we have uploaded the next Bugfix release for DeskProto V7: Rev 8267, dated Nov 30.

Two few important fixes are present:
- in the release of Oct 16 the two-sided wizard ("Two sides, manual flip") did not work correctly.
- two situations were fixed where a gouging toolpath was created when rotation axis machining. See www.deskproto.com/forum/forum.php?forumsubject=1&topic=701 Thanks Malcolm !

Download information for this new release and a list of fixes can be found on
www.deskproto.com/support/buildhistory.php#dpv70
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We added subtitles to the latest three videos that were published on our Google+ page: both in English and in Dutch.
So: "Nu met ondertiteling in het Nederlands !"
Also in English these subtitles will be helpful to understand all spoken text.
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This next tutorial video for DeskProto Version 7 has just be completed, of which we are very proud. It shows the complete process of creating toolpaths and machining a bust of Abraham Lincoln, in wood. First half of the video is about machining the sculpture, based on an STL file (with download link), the second half shows how to engrave text on the sockle, based on a DXF drawing file.

The result is a great statue: a credit for any US school or other government building when present in the entrance hall.
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On Saturday I took part in the Dutch www.CNCzone.nl meeting. A great location: the workshop of the Willem van Oranje College in Wijk en Aalburg. Many hobbyist users, a number of home made CNC machines and 3D printers on display, surplus materials for sale, interesting presentations. Also present were our fellow suppliers www.edingcnc.com (CNC controlers) and www.damencnc.com (parts for CNC machines). A relaxed day amidst CNC enthusiasts.
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Today again a new tutorial video. It shows the most basic way of using DeskProto: calculating 2D toolpaths based on a drawing that contains some curves. The video follows lesson 1A of the PDF tutorial book: use the vector wizard, which makes this process very easy. This can all be done using the Free edition of DeskProto, so without having to buy a license.

The beer tray drawing is a free sample that comes with the software download: so be our guest and machine you own beer tray !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCvpGBdiKd8&t
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The first step to be done in order to use DeskProto is downloading and installing the program. Though for many users this process may be self-explaining, others may prefer some guidance. So we released this video that shows step by step what needs to be done to download and install DeskProto V7.0: www.youtube.com/watch?v=L647KhOLojA&t=5s
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Local news for readers in (or near) the Netherlands:
on Saturday Nov 3rd the yearly CNCzone.nl meeting will be held: a gathering of CNC enthusiasts, showing their machines and other things. There is room for lectures: one of these will be by Lex Lennings, about the DeskProto V7 Free edition.

The meeting is between 10.00 and 16:00, in Wijk en Aalburg (near Heusden).
More information on www.cnczone.nl
The thread on the "Open CNCzone dag 2018" can only be seen after logging in.
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We have just released a new Bugfix Build (Service release) for DeskProto Version 7. More than a hundred issues have been fixed, including a few possible crash situations. Also some nice new features are present, like support for AI layers and an optional new toolbar button.

You can find more information on www.deskproto.com/support/buildhistory.php#dpv70 including a link to the Updater setup. You can update your DeskProto V7 free of charge.
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DeskProto user Envisioneers from South Africa shared a nice video !
They created a series of miniature Toyota Aygo's, for a commercial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApzLqkigBXg
Machining the master mold was done using DeskProto, combining operations with both large and small cutters.
They tell us that DeskProto is being used for a lot of their projects :-)
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CNC hobbyist Jean Vaden from Belgium used the DeskProto V6.1 trial version to make this amazing wooden 'bottle cap'. It was machined from one solid block of wood; size is about 10 cm diameter. Jean says "The wood used is oak (I think) - it was recovered from an old bar stool".
Nice to see the surprising variety of parts that is made using DeskProto !
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