We have questions, but first here is some info we harvested by watching in slow motion in case others are interested.
The super thin super glue had a label “Bob Smith Industries Insta-Cure” Product Page: http://www.bsi-inc.com/Pages/hobby/ca.html Google Shopping Page: https://www.google.com/#q=bob+smith+industries+INSTA-CURE&tbm=shop
MeshCam was version 6 “Pro License”, tool path settings (all in inches) for the wood handles: tolerance 0.001, machine whole stock, maching margin 0.063 (same as finishing path tool), did not use arc filtering.
- Roughing settings: Ball .125, dpp .09, stepover .045, feed rate 15,
plunge rate 10, stock to leave .005.
- Finishing settings: End .0625, Y-axis, stepover .018, feed rate 40,
plunge rate 15, surface angle limit 90, don’t machine top of stock.
- Waterline: stepdown .07, min angle 42.5, depth first.
- Pencil cleanup: End .0625, feed rate 45, plunge rate 15.
- The estimated time on the wood handles was 63 minutes.
Now for the Questions:
In MeshCam version 6 Pro License I see buttons to “Simulate Toolpath” and “Save Operation for Later”. Curious to hear options on how well these features work and in general do you consider the pro-version “worth the upgrade cost”?
Do Carbide 3D customers get a break on the cost to upgrade MeshCam standard to the pro version?
The two sticks of mahogany wood were attached to the MDF board with what appears to be carpet tape (assume the same kind that shipped in the kit). The CNC bit later cuts through the wood, AND the tape, and even into the MDF board. Our experience with the carpet tape is that if the bit touches the tape the tape gets torn/pulled leaving the part no longer (firmly) attached to the MDF board. The tape held perfectly in the video, so we’re wondering if we are doing something wrong or if there is a Ninja-Master secret to using the 2 sided (carpet) tape.
Does anyone recommend a place to purchase nice wood and aluminum stock online? We’ve just been buying pine and red oak from Lowe’s and would like to try harder woods.