Hi guys! I’m super new to CNC and any woodworking in general. I’m a mom to a toddler and I’m just trying to make toys for the little one. I just purchased a Shapeoko 3 XXL about three weeks ago and having so much fun so far. I am struggling with one thing though… and wondering if someone can help me out.
If you look at the attached photo, the whole right side is higher and I am out of ideas on how to fix it. I am using pine wood and an 1/8 bit. On Carbide Create, I hit the contour and specify the depth, etc then I just select the generic 1/8 bit for softwood. I am not sure what other things I should try to make it even? This happens with all of my pieces btw… and all of my SVG are aligned for sure. Any ideas on what I can try or look at? Thanks so much!
and you are cutting out a simple outer profile / contour — this results in 100% tooling engagement and can be difficult for the machine to do. Best practice is to add geometry around things and cut as a pocket:
I do have some other questions if you don’t mind… when you say I didn’t have geometry assigned, do you mean the offset thing you suggested?
I just followed the offset steps and then the pocket. Des the Contour go first in toolpaths then Pocket? So sorry for my newbie questions - must be painful to read ha. And yes, my plan is to add engraving so I can use them as a guide for painting as these are a bit tricky to paint. But I am such a newbie that I am taking it one step at a time. I’m just surprised that I haven’t ran away from the cnc machine yet.
Sorry, I got sidetracked with work, but glad Will was able to step in.
The geometry assigned I think is refering to the empty toolpath in the file that’s uploaded. So if you edit that tool path and then select the line you are wanting that toolpath to use, that would fix the problem.
Also keep at it! It’s a daunting learning curve, but you’re most of the way there! Also the play set looks adorable! You’ve already cut some pieces! My mom is working on running a shapeoko (hopefully this weekend). We ran a job together (cutting board) while she was out here, but I think she’s nervous on running the machine solo.
Thanks, Will/Josh! I don’t know if I fully get it… I followed the steps above and tried to print and I’m having the same issue. Sorry! I just attached my file again - any chance you can take a look at it to see if I set it up correctly?