I’m very slowly getting started. I’ve used a Shaper Origin but getting going with a real CNC is intimidating.
Reading the official Getting Started Doc again while trying to set up a file in Carbide Create I’ve found the Doc is making me even more confused in a couple of areas.
On page 34, Toolpath Types
What those words stand for is clear enough but in Carbide Create I can’t find an Engrave option.
Is Contour with 0 offset the same thing?
On page 35, Feeds and Speeds
“you don’t have to worry about speeds and feeds—unless you want to. MeshCAM automatically calculate speeds and feeds based multiple project variables, including machine, material, and cutter and Carbide Create uses a curated set of speeds and feeds based on material and use-case.”
When does this kick in? In my copy of CC there is only one tool in the Library, the default 1/8" end mill. I found out searching online that I can add to the library via a right click but then I need to supply all the feed and speed characteristics for the tool and I don’t know any of this.
“you don’t have to worry about speeds and feeds—unless you want to.”
I don’t. Is my copy of CC missing some stuff?
I’ll be cutting brass with a 1/32" three flute end mill. Aluminum is the closest material choice in CC.
Cutting this stuff with the Shaper Origin I used a plunge speed of 3 and a feed of 4 and .02" doc.
Turned out ok with no breakage but maybe the doc should be less? If so, I definitely want to use the Nomad. Cutting brass with the SO gets tedious.
I want to use a 1/32" end mill cutting on the line (Engrave) to cut apart individual brass tiles so in my design I have a line 1/64" away from the invisible edge of the tile. I want to use the same bit to cut single line letters within the tiles. I’m making replacement Master Copy for an old pantograph engraver. And I’ll also use a 30 degree engraving bit to bevel the top and bottom edges of the tiles to fit in the type carrier.
Do I really need to find parameters for these bits to add them to the Library? Do I even need to put the bits in the library? If contour and 0 offset is the same as engrave can’t I just change the bit at the appropriate time and let CC go on thinking it’s using the default 1/8" bit?