I have read a couple of threads but they have offered solutions that require using some other software. I am trying to do this project using carbide create/motion. The text on this sign is supposed to be inside of a pocket, so the concentric circles will be borders around the pocket. Hopefully that makes sense, the final sign will be round. So my question is if I return to the toolpath zero position to change bits and re-zero my Z axis how will the Shapeoko know the new start height for v -carving the text? I saw that if I was cutting contours I can tell it how deep to start but in V-Carving there is not that option.
I think two jobs is the best approach with carbide create.
Be wary of changing your Z-zero on the second operation, as there is potential that the bit will travel through your existing material while performing a rapid to the next letter - as it will ‘think’ it is at the top of the material. Perhaps an increased safe Z height would fix this
Hey Christian - If it was me after the tool change I would not Re-zero x and y and just rezero the z in the cut pocket. You need to ensure your retract height in your job set up is well above the original z height of your material though so you don’t run into any travel issues when v carving inside the pocket as already suggested.
Ok thank you! This has been a big question for me I am going to try it on a scrap board today. Do you think I should run the final cut out after I engrave the text or will the tabs hold strong enough to do the engraving?
Thanks everyone the project ended up coming out great, I am still working on the finish but here is a pic of the engraving inside of a pocket. I learned a bit more about the machine and Carbide Motion through this, thanks for your help!