I just got my Nomad last weekend. Great product. I like carbide motion.
When doing a project it seems that carbide motion ends up homing and measuring the tool twice. Since I am new to this I am making a lot of simple cuts to understand how things work, and get the feeds and speeds right. The extra overhead of doing homing and tool measurement twice on each job adds up.
The process is load project…move cutter…click to measure tool…move cutter to pick zero point…begin project…insert tool…homing and measures tool…then start cutting.
For the majority of my work I use just one tool per job. Would it be possible on the page where carbide motion asks to insert the tool to have a button for ‘use existing tool’ and a button for ‘change tool’ or something like that. The 'change tool ’ button could work the way it does now. The ‘use existing tool’ button could perhaps skip the extra homing and tool measurement cycle…
I would like to have an elapsed time field when the job is running. It currently shows percentage done and the XYZ positions, which is good stuff. If there was also an elapsed time field I would use it frequently.
There may be good reasons why it works the way it does, but if there is a way to add a couple buttons to reduce some of the positioning and tool measurement cycles it would speed up the process.
It would also be nice to run the same job again with just setting a new zero point, to cut the same thing out of a different part of the stock, and not having to run through tool selection, tool measurement, etc…
All in all this is great Beta software.