I’m looking for a good 3D carving solution. Right now I only have 1/8 and 1/16 ball nose bits I’ve been using ok results. I have seen some posts in FB with people using tapered bits and what not. I’m new to all this learning quickly as I’m love playing with my machine. I use Vcarve Pro and I’m guessing I’d have to manually add tapered bits to the tool inventory? Any help would be appreciated, thank you!
Definitely get a tapered bit, they are awesome for 3D carving.
I recently did a 3D project with CC Pro and a tapered endmill, it’s here if you need details.
This thing is, Carbide Create does not support tapered endmill geometry, but don’t let that stop you: in practice, declaring the bit as a small ballnose will work out just fine in the majority of cases. In that thread I referenced, I declared the tapered endmill as “1/32th ballnose”, because the radius of the tip of my tapered endmill was roughly 1/32". The preview in CC may not match reality in that situation, but it’s a minor inconvenience.
EDIT: sorry, I misread and you are using VCarve Pro, not CC Pro. I’m not quite sure whether VCarve models tapered endmill, someone here probably knows.
Yes, you would need to go into the Vcarve tool database and either choose an existing ball nose or start from scratch. There is a drop down for “Tool Type” and in there is a choice for 'Tapered Ball Nose". Once that is chosen there is a field for “Side Angle (A)” and “Tip Radius ®” where you would input the taper of the bit and the radius of the ball.
I tried this one in with 2 finish passes at different angles.
It gave a very close finish.
It seems like a decent bit, maybe one of my fav’s…
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