Well @WillAdams, it worked pretty well once I worked through the challenges of Carbide Create. Thanks again for the help, even if you wanted to torture me by making me use CC. Picture below. I think I found a bug in Carbide Create. More on that in the last paragraph. But first, when I tried to run the last file you uploaded Will, it was creeping along at less than 2 IPM plunge rate. For a carving like this, that meant it was like watching paint dry. For the same bit in G-Wizard, I know I can run it at 23 / 12 IPM. I modified the F values in the G-code (my first time directly editing code, so a new skill) to be around 20 IPM for Plunge, and it was faster, but took forever in the test piece because it had 36000 lines of code.
I deleted all the toolpaths and started them again by hand. I figured out that many of the vectors were being cut over and over again, as they had the same ones in multiple toolpaths. I got this down to about 10 toolpaths and had all the geometry included. In the pic below, you can see it turned out well with lots of detail for the small size. I’m thinking about painting it gold, giving it a sanding to get rid of excess, and then one more clear poly coat and it should be done.
The Bug: I’m using v303 of CC and I found out that in this design, anywhere that there are concentric rings, CC will only cut the outer ring, and none of the inner ones, regardless of which ones are selected. For example, the area around the facemask. If I select the outer ring, I cannot get a toolpath to run on the inner concentric ring. The same thing with the eyes / pupils of the seahorses, and the bolts on the collar. They have to be separate toolpaths. Not sure why that would be the case, but it is. Where should I report this as a bug?
Very lightly carved into the polyurethane coating with a .050" 30-deg V bit.