Hey everyone, about 2 weeks in using my XXL and I have learned A BUNCH! Been playing a lot with vcarve and advanced vcarve. Here are some basic assumptions that I have and I would like them confirmed.
When using vcarve, the toolpath will go down the middle of the object it’s carving out. It will go to a depth that is required to achieve the desired width (e.g. If it’s carving out a letter, it will go to the depth required to achieve the width of the font). When creating the toolpath, I can’t set the desired depth, which has led me to this assumption.
When using advanced vcarve, I can set the desired depth, which will let me control the width of let’s say a straight line. Now, what I’ve learned is, let’s say I wanted to carve out a letter and the width of the font is wider than bit would reach with a depth I’ve defined (e.g. .060), the carve will have little ridges in the middle of the letter. I’m assuming this is where I can set the Pocket Tool to remove the bulk of the material, then it would ask me for a tool change to do the finer edge/vee work. The problem I’m having is, that it didn’t ask me for the tool change. I didn’t receive any prompts. The job just paused in one spot and didn’t proceed unless I hit start. I didn’t know what it was asking for.
Is this because I’m not using a bitsetter and I’m still creating a different gcode file for every tool in the design?
Thanks in advance for any advice.