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" NEW" HD Camera with TruVision and Scanything

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" NEW" HD Camera with TruVision and Scanything

Postby trucutcnc » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:30 am

Our camera system is NOT a cheap web cam. This is the same HD camera we use on our Titan machines. It is a high definition camera with zoom setting from 3.5mm - 16mm and manual focus.

The system includes the camera, a pre-made video/power cable, camera power supply, USB video digitizer and a license for Sheetcam's Scanything.

Why don't we use a web cam?

Simple. The max cable length on a USB connection is 15 feet. This is not enough length to make it from your PC, through your cable carrier and up to the lifter. An active USB cable MAY work on SOME PC's, but the video signal will be unrealiable.

The camera system is compatible with our TruVision positioning software as well as Scanything. Scanything is a template folowing program that when used with Mach3, automatically traces patterns.

This option will retrofit to any machine running Mach3 software. :D

Pricing on website http://www.trucutcnc.com/options2.html

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Re: " NEW" HD Camera with TruVision and Scanything

Postby SteelWorks68 » Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:34 am

We have owned a TruCut CNC table for 4 yrs, it is awesome set up with our Hypertherm 85. We can't say enough good things about the service(Ross and Cindy) and build of the cutting system, I am sure other owners would agree with me. This yr we sent our controller back to them to be upgraded to their newer ethernet controller. Works great :) So now I see this NEW Tracer system. We have used the TruTracer that came with the machine a lot. Can you tell me more about this new Tracer?

Thanks,
Jim

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Re: " NEW" HD Camera with TruVision and Scanything

Postby Black Forest » Tue Jul 14, 2015 12:44 pm

Just for anyone's information you can go longer than 15 feet on a USB2.0 or 10 feet on USB3.0/3.1 by using an active USB cable. That would enable about 90 feet on USB 2.0 and 60 feet on USB 3.0/3.1

I have done this for security cameras and it works fine.

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Re: " NEW" HD Camera with TruVision and Scanything

Postby trucutcnc » Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:56 pm

Active cables work...Sometimes. The reason we stopped using web cams with active cables is because the connectivity was unreliable. They can't support a 30FPS frame rate reliably, which is what Scanything needs. That said, a web cam and active cable is a lot cheaper than our camera system. Our TruVision software is compatible with most web cams. For auto tracing all you need is a camera and Scanything software from SheetCAM. That gives any machine running Mach3 auto tracing capability.

We designed our camera to stay permanently mounted to the machine because it is used with our positioning software as well as Scanything. You won't have that luxury with most web cams. They just won't hold up in that environment. By separating the camera from the digitizer, we are able to use better quality optics and a better quality digitizer. Web cams have it all built in. You get what you get, which is a camera designed to operate in an office environment. The camera we use is the same camera we use on our Titan machines running HF start high definition plasma power supplies.

All of our machines come with the TruVision software. We encourage users to connect a web cam and see how it all works. We've found the Logitech C270 to be the most reliable. If a web cam does the job and works on your machine, you have a cheap alternative to set up for auto tracing. If the web cam doesn't work, we have a more robust alternative. Our camera system comes with a license for Scanything.

for those interested in rolling your own...Here are some links. Les at SheetCAM recommends this camera on his website. We tried it and it works. It just wasn't "industrial" enough for the harsh operating environment.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... r&_sacat=0

Active USB cables don't always work. We can set them up on 5 machines running the same PC, same software and hardware. Some will work and some won't. We couldn't isolate the issue other than the extension cable. They all work without the extension.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=an ... e&_sacat=0

Download and purchase a license for Scanything. It runs without the license, but you won't be able to save the generated DXF file.

http://www.sheetcam.com/Scanything/downloads

The above 3 links will get you everything you need to turn any Mach3 machine into a optical tracer. The magic is in Scanything and Les at SheetCAM deserves a lot of credit for making this available at such an affordable price.
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Re: " NEW" HD Camera with TruVision and Scanything

Postby SteelWorks68 » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:06 am

Thank you Ross for that information. I have decided to purchase your system instead of buying the scanything license and sourcing out parts that Les suggested. We saw your camera system on the Titan when we came to your TruCut shop. We were impressed that you fabricate the TruCut CNC right there, doing everything in house. Very Impressive.

I will be in touch soon,
Jim , AR


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