How to Use This Blog

Since we have lots and lots of videos here, you will need to know the best way of finding what you are looking for. Each post has the video(s) of the topic it is about. Sometimes there will be more than one video that is a continuation of the previous one. These videos will be posted together within the same post. To find what you are looking for, either use the search box or the list of categories posted in the right column.

The IQ system is constantly evolving, so please keep in mind that some of the older videos may show features that have been replaced by newer ones, or buttons that have changed position or names. However, the videos have not been removed because the methods demonstrated are still valid.

Saturday, June 16, 2012


Here's a short video showing how I used distort to make a triangular pattern fit in a triangular block very quickly and easily.
This is just one of the practical uses of distort.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Setting Super Motor engagement strength

iQ sets the engagement strengths of the motors automatically now, but this video may be helpful when troubleshooting supermotors.
Remove the motor covers and watch the spindle shown in the videos as you change the engagement strength. Do not move the machine.
The videos show the motor repeatedly engaging and disengaging. Yours will not do this - it will lift then lower once when you change the setting.

This video shows a weak engagement strength - watch how the brass collar at the base of the spindle does not lift.
weak engagement strength

This video shows the correct movement of the brass collar. The collar should be lifted by about 1-2 millimeters at the end of the engagement phase when the engagement strength is set properly.
proper engagement strength

Monday, April 23, 2012

Magnet Tool

These videos briefly demonstrate Magnet Tool, which was added to IQ with the 04.22.12 update. Like Shape Shift, it's a very powerful editing tool.

Shape Shift

This is a brief introduction to Shape Shift. This editing tool allows patterns to be modified very quickly. Small or big changes can be made.
Shape Shift was added with version 04.22.12