When you guys face the surface of the spoilboard, or just drill holes here and there, do you make a file in a CAD program for these or do you have simpler tricks?
For facing a spoil board, or Drilling setup holes, I would create a file, and use the Carbide Motion “Rapid Position” to go to a specific location.
This way you can repeat the job, That’s my approach to most projects.
My simpler trick is doing it in CAD. If I have laid out something to scale it’s in 2D CAD already. I use an old program called VersaCAD and have written various macros over the years–follow a line series by clicking on one end (I draw the toolpath itself), drill a hole by clicking on a circle or point, peck-drill a hole the same way. My experience before the Nomad has been with Mach3 machine controller which accepts G81 and G83 drilling macros.
I think one of the Carbide crew has mentioned possibly adding a facing wizard to CM.
Here is the STL I use as the base for SpoilVices.
The holes match the spoil board that comes with the Nomad.
Nomad Wasteboard.stl (48.5 KB)