I am trying to do my first double sided job, some simple hold downs. I have it indexed with dowels but the bottom side job doesn’t work right. It seems to jam the z axis carriage and then loses zero.
I’ll admit I’m always a bit confused by the “Zero off the same side” option, but I have a feeling that may be what caused this. For the bottom side, you’re supposed to zero off the wasteboard, for the top side you zero off the top of the material… I think. I usual use zero off the surface and take the check mark out of “zero off same side”.
Yeah it looks a bit like it returned to a predefined point (maybe your machine zero) at the end of the job, but didn’t lift up high enough…
Can you confirm you zeroed off the correct point? And also check your ‘z safe height’ on the tool path page, put it to at least the material thickness + 1"
I find that having ‘zero off same side’ selected, and having the top of the stock as the zero works well, then when you flip the material you zero off the wasteboard for the second operation.
If you don’t use ‘zero off the same side’ then your material thickness has to be very accurate
good suggestions, the zeroing is probably my problem. Hard to experiment when its seems to go so wrong. Will proceed cautiously. Don’t find the “Zero of the SAME SIDE etc” discussions on youtube very comprehensive in concept. It’s one of those things that is great if one already know how to do it.
I did not set the z zero to the bed when I set “material surface”. Found that very confusing. Kind of gun shy now but will try that on some more material. Just take off the material I guess , set zero to machine bed and then flip and put back on.
For now I just skipped the 2nd side for my hold down project in 3/4 uhmw plastic because I had no trouble on the first side before I flipped.