Thanks to the work of the faithful (and courageous) testers, Jedicut 2.4.2 is finally available for download.
New features for an easier hot wire cutting
Hot wire speed and temperature control
The biggest new feature is about material behavior and hot wire temperature control. Each material is characterized by 2 speed values and 2 temperature values. These values are saved in Jedicut’s settings.
Before, slow speed and fast speeds you choose to do a cutting were the speeds of your CNC machine. The temperature value was calculated by Jedicut according to the “real” speed (also calculated by Jedicut).
Now, when you choose a material to cut, the speed values, slow and fast, are the values of the selected material.
To make it work, it’s very important to follow the material configuration procedure, using the button “Test” in Jedicut’s settings. This button launch all Jedicut computation to record good Vr1 and Vr2 values you can see in the material spreadsheet (never modify it manually !).
Custom hot wire cutting path (the cycle of cutting)
Jedicut has a peculiarity : you can easily customize the hot wire cutting path for each cutting project. It’s the “cycle of cutting”.
Before, we had one cycle of cutting by default that could be customized. Jedicut use it with each new cutting project, and we can customize this default path for each project (this path is saved in your JDC files).
Now, Jedicut offers :
A cycle of cutting for the open (or open and active) cutting project.
A cycle of cutting by default, easily customizable.
A cycle of cutting called P1 : it’s new, it’s customizable, and you can run this cutting path whenever you want.
This new P1 path is like a short link. To start a cutting with this cycle, it’s easy. Click on P1 from the manual control panel and click on Validate button.
Promise, you’re going to save time 🙂
CNC Cutting Wizard
A new option is available in Jedicut to activate by default the Jedicut’s cutting wizard when you create a new hot wire cutting project.
Many other improvements
In a nutshell :
Profile editor : relative thickness is now updated in real time when you enter a new value.
Cutting wizard : display improvements when you delete a cutting section.
Cycle of cutting : the display is scaled to the input chord.
Stepper settings : I simplified the user interface with checkbox. If all steppers have same caracteristics, you just have to set X1 stepper configuration and uncheck X2, Y1 and Y2 steppers checkbox. Every stepper will use X1 stepper settings.
Communication settings : when you use Aeroden CNC board or other Arduino based CNC board, timer frequency and port number are stored in the file comport.ini. For parallel port CNC board , the base address of parallel port is stored in the file adresse_port_LPT.ini,. All these data can now be modified directly in Jedicut settings form. You don’t have to modify this file manually anymore.
High Density pixels and high resolution screen improvements. It remains work to do, but a new step is done.
Profile editor : there was a bug when we changed relative thickness value.
Settings – Table : Invert checkbox had bad behavior when we change the selected CNC table.
Cutting wizard : there was a bug when wingspan was longer than the table, and when we use multiple sections. Jedicut was stuck.
USBSerial_2 with a break during a cutting : I fix the number version -> v2.0.3 .
CncNet_XP_Vista_7.dll : I let the old version in ZIP file just in case (CncNet_XP_Vista_7_2018.dll). I found a very old bug that appeared when you launched Jedicut from a command line.
French and English translation are updated. I let other language users update files and share it on the forum of Jedicut’s community.
One file was totally reviewed : Italian. Thanks to marcops who join the community a share this file on the board !
Once again, I would like to thank all members of the community who participated in the testing. We all move forward quickly together
I started working on this version in early 2017. I did a break, and during this break I worked on the new version of my android application that I use to count my flights, to follow my credit, and to follow few birthdays. And in september I got back to work on Jedicut to finish a complete rewrite of the speed calculation and a complete rewrite of the control of the wire temperature.
The goal is : regularity of speeds like never before, and efficient heating management.
Depending on your machine, you may need to review the speed settings, and it will be necessary to review the material settings in the Jedicut options.
Be careful : If you used an old Jedicut release, and if you installed Jedicut 2.4, you have to delete *.ini files manually after Jedicut 2.4 first launch. In Windows File Explorer, find the hidden directory called C:\ProgramData\Jedicut and rename it like C:\ProgramData\Jedicut.old by example.
The main evolution of this release is the file generation in GCode, which you can use with the interpolator of your choice (LinuxCNC, GRBL …). To produce GCode file, you have to use the Jedicut cutting wizard (the reason is hard to explain …).
How to produce GCode for hot wire cutting with Jedicut
To use this new feature, simply go to the Jedicut options, section “Communication”. Select the “GCode” plugin.
After the publication of my firt Android app that help us to count everything (Times & events), I took out Jedicut project to work on few corrections and to work on ideas you sent me. Jedicut 2.3.3 (Download page) contains some of this ideas.
Here are new features that should help do foam cutting and help us to use Jedicut :
Cycle of cutting : A new kind of movement for your cycle of cutting called “oblique”,
Cycle of cutting : Jedicut show how many key points you added in your profile,
Cycle of cutting : New button added to delete all key points with just 1 click,
Cycle of cutting : Zoom in doing a selection in the drawing with mouse, and zoom out doing right click,
Cycle of cutting : Blue lines represent fast movement, and red lines represents slow movemet (cut speed),
Jedicut ask you if you want to save your last unsaved modification before closing the file or closing Jedicut,
You can exit all windows using escape key.
There are also many corrections and improvements like these : (more…)
Because of lack of time, I don’t have reworked Jedicut, except to help people on very particular problems. I re opened the Jedicut project for 2 months and I suggest you download the new beta release 18.104.22.168.
This release offers two new evolutions to simplify the use of Jedicut :
Jedicut monitors if you have changed a cut or a profile since its last record, and offers to save your changes if you close tabs, or if you close Jedicut.
Windows can be closed using the escape key on the keyboard : handy when you want to quickly close a window without seeking the “Cancel” button (the tabs are not affected by this feature, fortunately…).
There are also many fixes and improvements that I could mention exhaustively. For example, the release include:
A correction of a bug when opening a file in which user doesn’t chose a profile,
The ability to save and open a profile with no point entered,
A correction of labels tabs when you first backup your work
Deleting an error message that appeared wrongly when opening files with jdp or dat format
Improved the size of the main window for low-resolution screens,
Improved the design of the window of the cycle of cutting,
Improved translation system to force the translation of all open tabs when user change language,
Changing the zoom value in the cycle of cutting window (until better)
A correction of a bug causing a general crash of Jedicut when closing the settings window when cutting file is open …
To use this release of Jedicut it’s simple:
You download this file: Jedicut_22.214.171.124.zip
You replace your Jedicut.exe file with the one contained in the zip.
Have a good time!
Edit : I deleted the download link because a new Jedicut release is available