Jump to content

Entry for July 2020's Guitar Of The Month is open - ENTER HERE!


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

0 Neutral

About gitCAD

  • Rank

Profile Information

  • Location
    Crete, Greece
  1. that is what I fear I wonder if it is a bug in the software - I noticed it from your other thread, but since I don't know anything from it, I could not answer. I owe a nice little surpricingly powerful CAD that you wouldn't know, it is from a germen company that specialized in cheap consumer software and thing s like garden or 3D house designer things. Anyhow- this CAD has a roundover function which made me struggle. I have designed the first contour of a guitar body with a spline-line. Now when I want to roundover the edge on the extruded body, the roundover only wants to work between two of the hundreds of points and there is no function to convert the spline to a one all the way through line or curve - I stopped it right there - But I understood the concept of rounding over, which makes me think now, that a fixed radius roundover will always have the one and only contour. It might be just right for a LP neck but if you want to compound C, D an V shapings ?? I mentioned it before someplace else. With 3 D Studio you can make a parametric bend in 3 combinations of 2 at a time over the x,y and z axis. On your pic it looks as if the middle bit, that what you want to round could be replaced by an half devided ( opened to 180° ?!) cylinder or a cone with a cutoff tip. Thus you can define the radius and diameter of the width at the nut and another where the heel joints. Would that work with SW ot MC ? Afterwards you try to bend the rounding a little if you need. If you don't underand what I mean I could make some sceenshots, its not that I can control these steps, but probably I can document it
  2. hi the mentioned alternative and in the league of turboCAD is "Intellicad" (google it) Intellicad is basically the very same as AutoCAD including the 3D functions plus a little more (say some people - I must say I don't know it) It only gets a little slow when the files are over 5MB, which should be no problem in guitar designing ?! The absolute right tool imho appears to be the Solid Works. What I would like to do and what I can do or afford are two completely differnt storries. I left school a very long time ago, and even if I had the funds for a Solid Works, I am not sure how I'd learn it - its very complex, isn't it Basically I'd like not only to design guitars with carved bodys, but also some of the knobs and switches, possibly alternative concepts and pass it over to electronic specialists - all as a hobby but as I say - I am only dreaming here - the Intellicad info however is worth a checkout
  3. ok thanks for the info - I know that I need a router - only lately, and now that I want to learn a CAD programm I was wondering, as a kind of computer person that I have become, to go the CNC way. That means, I design to detailes and have it milled on a CNC which still means that I have to assambe the thing ... right?! Later I hopefully will realize a small table CNC and hope I will be able to saw fretslots, drill and mill all the same with it Its a matter of priority - I am more impressed by the CNC technology then learning the skills to build it from scratch with the swiss army knife - may be after my 100th guitar I will go the complete handcrafted way - who knows - oops drifted away in explaination- sorry I find tools to be not unexpensive if you only look at what you have to spend for proper fret dressing and nut slotting ......and that is probably why I still not have the dam router *lol* btw: I use my drum sanders under table the way you show it on your pic and I do already have a dremel - I will have to look out for the right type bits now is it correct to use a 60° countersink for the pickguard holes ?
  4. hello - nobody ? what about the countersink - what size what angle is right for strat type pickguards? I intend to reed the strat making tutorial in short - don't know if it is mentioned there
  5. hi this is only an idea and unfortunately I don't know how your software works: In a program that I have used for a few hours (3D Studio Max) you could do the following , but I must say that there is little control over how that will feel later as a real neck - especially if you consider how much difference a mm makes in real live over the good feel of a neck create a cylinder and raise to length and reshape it to a half (U know half the basball bat). In 3DSM you can do that with one parameter in percents from piece of cake to half (or less) .. Once you have half the thing you can select a number of seqments over the distance and "bend" a dynamic taper over the xy, yz and xz koordinates It probably is a good idea to start the cylinder in a diameter between your nut width and the 16th fret and reshape and size in two halfs from the middle ?! I apologize if I dumped down your skills .... I just thought of it as a direction hint @ Kevan: thanks, apparently IntelliCAD is pretty much the same as Autocad and only slowes down drastically with files over 5 MB. I think 5 MB should be ok for guitar projects and the latest Version 5 and 6 Pro is only a few Dollar over the TurboCAD. So I think I will go for the IntelliCAD - it does not appear to make sense to spend more money and I found a couple of starter Tuts for it as well in the meantime. For the total Newbie its hard to overview all those features between the programs. If it wasn't for the money, I personally would rather go for a program like Inventor or Catia and Solid Edge - you lucky "bastards" who have those programs and the training at work
  6. Cutting and extruding might be easy but when you start creating carved tops, and you want to cut (away), you will have to model the negative form first, which imho is one more brain-twister, but may be the only way - I have not done it yet and unfortunately I do not know all modelling possibilities, I have heard though, that mashes and nurbs would be the better way - like you would model the shapes of a car ??! Another thing - if you used Turbo- and also AutoCAD, can you say which one of the two is the better programm, which one can do more things and which one is easier to handle, including those boolean operations?
  7. hi I made a strat type pickguard for the first time (made some LP-styles before) and this is what I did and knew: First I made a plywood template and afterwards I sticked the cut out plastic with double sided tape to it and thought when I run the ball bearing of my 45° router bit along the edge of the template it will cut a sharp angle. It was a desaster. I used the router bit in a drill press because I don't have a router at hand. Well I thought, since the plactic cuts like butter, I would "rasp" the edges off slowly, even with a slow drill press - actually quiet dangerous - I don't recommend that The slot for a typical blade switch then is not what you would call precicion either. I drilled and then filed, but the result is nothing like a routed precision slot . What are the right tools and bits to use - is there any blade switch routung templates somewhere or a special bit for the dremel, and the 45° angle, would the normal high speed router have done the proper job or do you need another special tool for it? Any tutorial somewhere in the net ? - I must admit I didn't google yet- will right after this post thanks and regards
  8. hi inspired by a number of topics that I came across and the fact that my board remains unsurpassed - ooops no the word was unfrequented sorry- I give it a try .... (thanks jer7440 for posting over there) I'd like to ask you what CAD Software you use (or would like to use) for guitar construction and why - may be what you miss and what you would like to see. I came across two turbo CAD enquiries somewhere in between, and I was wonderiung why. Does any body know the difference between Turbo Cad and IntelliCAD. The latter as far as I know is very similar to AutoCAD for a tenth of the price, but to be honest, I don't know how good AutoCAd is in the first place or compared to other big systems like Inventor or Catia or Solid Edge a.s.o. What good is it anyways to buy a huge software for tons of money if we don't know how to handle it afterwards, or if it has tons of functions that you will never need in guitar building, even for the finest modelling of carved tops etc. Some of you might be working professionally with a CAD and guitars is only a hobby, but how about those who exclusively want to construct guitars. C'mon chat a little about it - professionals and amateurs
  9. hi has anybody taken a 3D Studio Max model to a CNC ? I once had a go with 3D Studio Max and my impression was, that the dimensions lack accuracy. The "routings" did not look precise, I mean from just looking at it, a 3mm cavity cover edge would not look right in relation to the actual cavity depth. I also could not find out how to round the edges - you know the traditional rounding along the body edges like on a strat, neither would I know how to model the body shapings - Anyways, what I was asking is how it is with the parametric accuracy and the export towards a CNC Anybody any commends? regards
  • Create New...