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Wind Vane

Postby d2day » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:02 am

My first attempt to share so be gentle until I learn how to do it properly...LOL This is a project that I did for a friend and found that a lot of people liked it so hopefully some of you can use it. I have some other versions I will post later if there is some interest. The dxf file was saved as a version 13 autocad file. I use .svg for sheetcam myself. I did not attach the e/w/n/s/ part of the file because it is pretty simple to make, but if someone needs it I will post it later. My thanks for all the files and help I have gotten here...

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby eggauto » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:18 am

Congrats you got it. It looks great. Thank you.

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby Buzzard Gut » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:46 am

That turned out Nice! Thanks
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby HammerDownJustin » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:20 am

Pretty nice and thank you. I have been wanting to make one. Just not sure exactly how to offset the weight. I want it to actually work also.
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby Larry83301 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:36 am

Looks great, love the car! :D :D :D


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Re: Wind Vane

Postby acourtjester » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:22 am

Thanks for posting could you post it in SVC???
Sean P does wind vanes and should be able to answer the positioning question. :)
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby d2day » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:06 pm

Here is the svg file.

The wind vane is fully functional as shown. I can add details of how it was built if needed.

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby d2day » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:11 pm

My thanks to eggauto for leading me in the right direction so I could start sharing.... :D
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby acourtjester » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:15 pm

Thanks for the SVG that opened fine but the DFX looked like this in SheetCam.
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby RGR » Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:25 pm

d2day wrote:Here is the svg file.

The wind vane is fully functional as shown. I can add details of how it was built if needed.


Id be interested to see how its made. Ive been wanting to make one,but didnt know where to start. Thanks!!

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby ben de lappe » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:00 pm

acourtjester wrote:Thanks for the SVG that opened fine but the DFX looked like this in SheetCam.
cars2.jpg


Out of curiosity Tom, does SheetCam have an option to close paths upon importation? That's pretty much what I get in TM CAD if this setting is applied.

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby acourtjester » Sun Mar 20, 2016 5:51 pm

I cannot answer the question, it will tell you if there are overlapping lines.
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby steel 35 » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:25 pm

acourtjester wrote:Thanks for the SVG that opened fine but the DFX looked like this in SheetCam.
cars2.jpg



Mine was much nicer the that! Just two lines that may try to cut twice.

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby muzza » Sun Mar 20, 2016 6:36 pm

acourtjester wrote:Thanks for the SVG that opened fine but the DFX looked like this in SheetCam.
cars2.jpg



Tom, if it comes into Sheetcam looking like that it is generally because the scaling is wrong, the centreline marks also tell us this. I work in metric and if I bring in an inch file that is exactly what it looks like.
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PS, there are a few threads here with a lot of info on making weather or wind vanes easily found using the search function for those wanting more info on making them.

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby d2day » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:06 pm

After looking at the "mess" the dxf file made when opened in sheetcam I was very glad someone was able to explain what happened. I personally had no clue.

I am relatively new to plasma cutting and sheetcam as I only have about two years experience. I have several years with cnc routing and the problems associated with that and using a laser cutter. The laser is pretty straight forward, the router not as easy. Plasma has been more of a challenge as I started with a machine I built myself. The learning curve has been slow especially since I am not a spring chicken anymore.

Sharing files is apparently another hurdle to cross, bear with me I am willing to share some of my work as I have been creating files for the better part of 14 years, and want to give back.

Thank you all again for your help and advice. :D
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby d2day » Sun Mar 20, 2016 9:13 pm

I have to build another wind vane in a few days for another customer, I will take some photos of the steps along the way and post the results for those of you that may be interested.
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby Zippo » Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:51 am

Thanks for posting.

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby shinertx » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:57 am

Very Nice.
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby acourtjester » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:07 am

Thanks Muzza that may explain things, There have been other problems when crossing software lines (different CAD programs) creating one and reading in another.

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby motoguy » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:08 am

d2day wrote:I have to build another wind vane in a few days for another customer, I will take some photos of the steps along the way and post the results for those of you that may be interested.


That would be awesome. Thank you!
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby SeanP » Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:36 am

acourtjester wrote:Thanks for posting could you post it in SVC???
Sean P does wind vanes and should be able to answer the positioning question. :)


I've done a few , but I'm no expert!
I did read they should be balanced on the pivot but have a larger surface area at the rear, I went to great lengths to get that right on some I did.
I find doing that they tentd to sway one way then the other a lot, works great in a light breeze and maybe less wear on the pivot, but then again it's none stop moving one way then the other so who knows.
Now I would rather have a bit of weight towards the rear and a larger area further back as well.

Nice car design there, loaded fine here thanks.

I think if I was using that as it is I would go for mounting the pivot right under the front edge of the door.
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Re: Wind Vane

Postby Bill Reibelt » Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:20 pm

Thanks for posting, great looking piece and converts to Corell well, no issues. Bill

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby d2day » Tue May 29, 2018 6:12 pm

Support and pivot ...A member asked for an explanation of how the support and pivot work so here is a basic drawing, any sizes may be changed or modified to suit any materials you may have on hand. Moving the balance point and extending the length of the arrow at the feather end may help in the overall working of the wind vane. Of course grease should be added to help with the movement and drain holes placed in the pipe so moisture will drain..

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby Rex » Wed May 30, 2018 12:37 am

Thanks

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Re: Wind Vane

Postby acourtjester » Wed May 30, 2018 8:02 am

d2day on the vane I built I flipped the mount so the blue tube in your drawing is attached to the vane. Then there is much less a chance for any moisture getting in.
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