I installed my Nomad yesterday and ran through the first example very quickly (after hitting a few hiccups which I will report in a duly categorized thread).
My first attempts were to install the software on Linux. I believe I read somewhere in the past that Linux was supported; I had not realized it would be over Wine. I wish I had investigated that.
Meshcam’s installation in Wine went smoothly.
CarbideMotion in Wine succeeded but the program won’t start due to missing dll’s (says wine). I will follow up with detailed debugs if necessary but here is my first question:
Q1. Have you got a CarbideMotion Linux installation guide (wine & Ubuntu) ?
I eventually installed everything on my Mac where things worked rather smoothly.
Note1: took me a while to notice the door “magnet” was actually a sensor. The elements do not match precisely and this may prevent the Nomad from starting - v1 does not notify the user about that and I lost about 30 min
No big deal - using my brain was refreshing . Other people may or may not appreciate.
I finally upgraded to v2 due to annoying issues such as v5 getting lost when the door was opened after initial connection (the UI was reactive but it would not start the machine even after closing the door). Anyway, v2 is easier.
Making the wrench was really easy. It went into my waste board like everyone else… oh well. I will make a new one later.
The head was easy to set up but MC evaluated the total time to 670 minutes. Down to around 650 by lowering quality. I planned to mill it with the recommended bit (1/8 ballnose #101).
Q2: Is about 11 hours a normal amount of time for milling tutorial example 2 ?
Note2: it would be good to give a rough indication of timing in the examples as “longer” or “shorter” do not mean much - an order of magnitude or a ballpark for a given machine with the stock bits would remove some stress
The head did not complete because my laptop went to sleep after 10 min (0.4% completion) and CM never recovered from it. I had to unplug the USB. I will describe that in a separate “bug report thread”.
Note 3: a bug tracking system would be a great idea
This is it for now. I guess I do not appreciate well enough what MC does but I am sensing some magic in there. I will post additional comments in a feature request thread.
edit: I forgot to say I already love my Nomad
edit2: I corrected the CM version numbers to v1 and v2 instead of v5 and v6 respectively