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  1. #21
    After following this thread for a while and being completely baffled by the circle/hexagon thing, I then had a look at Neale`s fusion drawing, and decided to try cutting a few of these dovetails out. Although I have fusion 360, I still find it easier to work in solidworks so, I downloaded Neale`s fusion 3D drawing and exported it as a iges file. Then in solidworks I opened it up, seperated a single tile from the three, and saved it. After opening it back up as a single file I then shrunk it down to a maximum outer diameter of 48mm, (the width of the piece of scrap chopping board I had lying around was 50mm) and saved it as a dxf. I am now about to go out to the mill and try cutting a few out

    If this works, I will take a couple of pics to let you see the results. Just to add, I cannot take any credit at all as I am using both Neale`s drawings, and Peters original input for this experiment. So, big thanks to you both as I think it is a very nice looking and unusual joint !

  2. #22
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    Lives in Plymouth, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 5 Hours Ago Has been a member for 4-5 years. Has a total post count of 894. Received thanks 142 times, giving thanks to others 5 times.
    It will be great to see an academic exercise turn into reality! Out of curiosity, what CAM package will you use to go from dxf to gcode?

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Neale View Post
    It will be great to see an academic exercise turn into reality! Out of curiosity, what CAM package will you use to go from dxf to gcode?
    I`ll be using cambam, just going to try it right now, back in 10 mins

  4. #24
    Well that was quick & painless, seems to have worked a treat
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    Thanks to Neale & Peter.

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    Lives in Plymouth, United Kingdom. Last Activity: 5 Hours Ago Has been a member for 4-5 years. Has a total post count of 894. Received thanks 142 times, giving thanks to others 5 times.
    Excellent. Good to see that it all works. I think that the corner radius was a good plan as it makes the design accessible to those with routers but not laser/plasma/water jet cutters (which probably means most of us) but thanks to Peter for the initial idea and doing the bulk of the leg work.

    Needleworks - you need to make another 3 or 4 more. People see them sitting on a flat surface and can't help picking up a tile, turning it round, and dropping it back in somewhere else. At least, they do with my Escher reptile-based design, and I can't see why these shouldn't work as well.
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by needleworks View Post
    Well that was quick & painless, seems to have worked a treat
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    Thanks to Neale & Peter.
    Very nice! The first ever trispokedovetiles to make it off the drawing board into real life!

  7. TRISPOKEDOVETILES ROUTER CUTTING

    My trispokedovetile CAD-CAM webpage now offers an (X,Y,Z) option for router cutting using rotary tool paths between spaced out tiles -
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  8. #28
    Excellent!
    It now merits the designation CAM ;-)

    - Nick
    If you will not be swayed by logic or experience simply pick the idea you
    like best, but ask yourself why you sought advice in the first place and,
    for a simple life, perhaps consider not doing so in future

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