Dear John Smith,
We are happy to send you this next new issue of the DeskProto newsletter, about
"CNC machining for non-machinists". We hope that you will enjoy reading.
Next Service release for DeskProto Version 7 is
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 the
new toolbar button described below. We advise to install this
The list of fixes can be seen on the
Buildhistory page, where you can also find a link to the
Updater setup (which can only be used
when V7 has already been installed). Download it and update your
DeskProto V7 free of charge.
New: button for 'Send toolpaths to
This Send button in the new release is present only when in the
Preferences a Destination for the NC Output has been
configured. That can be a hardware port, a printer driver or an external
program. This is a great option to configure your control
software (or a text editor): pressing the button will then
open the control software with your current toolpaths loaded !
This does not work for all control software: the software needs
to read the name of
the NC file as command line parameter. Most programs do, see the
examples above (Kay, Notepad++, PlanetCNC, WinPC-NC). Unfortunately
Mach3 does not support this feature.
As you can see the new button
automatically displays the desktop icon of the
program that you have configured, and shows its name in the
Two short advertisement videos for DeskProto on
We have started advertising on Facebook
, both with images and with videos.
Two short video advertisements are present:
Picture frame : 3-axis machining with the picture frame sample geometry
Venus sculpture : 4-axis machining with the Venus of Milo sample geometry.
You are of course very welcome to share these videos as widely
as you can !
Some new tutorial videos for
DeskProto V7 will follow later this year.
Series of miniature Toyota Aygo cars
DeskProto user Envisioneers
from South Africa shared a nice video. They created a series of
miniature Toyota Aygo's, for a TV commercial. Machining the master
mold was done using DeskProto, combining operations with both large
and small cutters. See for yourself on their
They tell us that DeskProto is
being used for many of their projects :-)
Try for yourself and download the DeskProto
Free edition from our website. To get
started you can use the tutorials (both video and PDF) and the sample geometries.
This is all possible completely free of charge !
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