I am one of 2 Shapeoko users selected to test the new Touch Probe, and while I have tested the heck out it, I may have forgotten something.
Here is a link to an Unlisted YouTube video (below), DO NOT SHARE IT, but please watch it.
Now I can’t answer any questions about the final software release, but I am looking for additional ideas for testing. As they say, it never hurts to have a fresh set of eyes to look at something.
I’ve tested it on:
1/32, 1/16. 1/8, nd 1/4 End Mills
2, 3 and 4 Flute (Note, the user MUST rotate an odd flute cutter so that the cutting edge is facing the Stock. Care must be taken to not ground yourself, or you will complete the probe cycle early) (I believe it is using capacitive touch)
Coated and uncoated cutters (I have not tested it on an engraving cutter since it is not in the drop-down menu)
When the probe is complete, the cutter will move so that the cutting edge is even with the material (X and Y axis), and Z will be 28mm above the stock. I have checked the results and then are dead nuts. Meaning it does not offer the opportunity to move the cutter to the center of your material, etc.
Besides the above, I have also tested it by selecting the incorrect size end mill size, placing the cutter further and further away from the target circle, leaving the ground alligator clip off, on wood, on metal, the solid jaw of my vise, on the metal table, on a sheet of MDF, etc. and it’s pretty rock solid and just results in an incomplete probe cycle, and a re-home is necessary if you do something wrong.
What have I missed?
Thanks in advance for your help.
EDIT: I attached the alligator clip to the collet nut via a magnet and a tiny angle plate, thanks to @cgallery (Phil Thien) for this simple but brilliant idea. Now supplied with the Touch Probe.