The problem I've noticed with tablet/pens is that although they seem like a nice way to *draw* they are lousy ways to *navigate* in SU. A mouse with a scrollwheel makes it really easy to zoom out rotate, zoom back in and get to a new viewpoint in double-quick time. For me, that ends up being more of the time than might be saved by having a nice pen to draw with. Having to frequently swap would become terribly annoying.
Perhaps a pen with a scrollwheel would work? You could possibly find other useful things to do with a wheel on a pen.
As a small aside and a pointer to a fascintating bit of reading, the linkage Bosch is using appears to be a "Sarrus's Linkage" invented in 1853. See www.howround.com look for "How to draw a straight line" and go to the bottom of the page. Lots of neat stuff there.
Do the 'purists' scratch iron ore and limestone out of the ground with a stick, smelt it themselves, form the steel, forge the tool, fell the trees, cut the lumber and then finally make some furniture?
Nobody is going to stop anyone from using any tool of any level of technical sophistication. If you like to make tools from iron ore, go for it. If you like to carve with a chisel made by hand or by CNC machine, go for it. If you like to use the latest Festool and Felder, go for it. CNC is merely a different form of tool and can be used for beautiful things or mundane things.
There is no 'spiritual' nonsense to worry about. It's just an old fashioned form of the deranged woo that passes for 'new age thinking' in too many places.
This is where the Pro version is worth paying for; it's so easy to use Layout to produce full sets of drawings with views, details, annotations, whatever. Print to pdf to share or take to the printshop for large sheet paper copies. I've done a couple of pieces on LumberJocks; no idea if non-members can get to them but let's see-
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24706 (a bookcase)
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24185 ( a bed)
A router Boss setup might be nice. And a pony. Pink.
Would that be a lifetime-including all DVD-issues-and-website subscription for FWW? I'll take one.
I'm exceedingly lucky; I have almost all the machinery I could plausibly want and a fair bit of time to play with them. Long may it continue!
My most important power tool accessory would be Dr.Cameron (from House) standing by ready to kiss my ouchies when I hurt myself with one.
I want a set of L-N chisels just because.
I would tend to agree that a CNC machine (indeed any machine) is the modern equivalent of a stable of apprentices that get to spend their time being bored silly with all the tedious bits.
Or, if you want another way of thinking about it, treat them as a router with an infinite number of built in jigs. I'd love one.
A trick I've used a few times is to place a guide line or two in the relevant places and the dimension will stick to the intersections created. Once you have the dimensions marked you can delete the guides.
Obviously this has a deficiency in that altering the dimensions of your piece will not affect these 'orphan' dimensions but you can't have everything.
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