Rotary Cutter: Software, pictures, and documents to use a cutter controlled by a stepper motor
Overview...This program converts
an sbp file to a format that can be used to control the rotation of a stepper
motor holding a cutter. The rotation angle is added as a B-axis move, so if the
stepper is connected to a B-axis driver a cutter will rotate so that it's always
inline with the direction of the cut. It can be used to cut materials like
cloth, rubber, cardboard, etc.
Notes... This will only work with files that contain M and J commands and NOT files that contain circle commands like CG...they will generate an error so don't use any of the "arc" post processors. The instructions are for files generated with PartWizard, but in my limited tests it works with PartWorks files just fine. There are some images of applications, documents, and test files in the zip file as well for inspiration.
Contact info...Bill Young
Download size...1.8 megs
Project Type...Part File Utility
Additional equipment/software required...A stepper motor (usually placed in the router mount) and some sort of blade holder
Special instructions...Download the zip file from the link below and unzip it. You can put this file anywhere that you want...it doesn't need any other files
Known Issues...None, but as usual double-check the output files just in case.
Download the Rotary Cutter