Admittedly, I am a total noob here.
I want to engrave text that says “Bladen & Owen” onto a piece of hard maple. The font is Garamond and the letter height is 1.5". When I try to use Advanced VCarve, I set it to use an 1/8" end mill for pockets and the 90 degree v bit (#302). I set the depth to .25".
Carbide Create says this results in an empty toolpath. I tried different depths and different bit sizes. I always get “empty tool path”.
I then tried to use an 1/8" end mill to do a contour cut at the same .25 depth. It generates a tool path, but it says it is going to take 608 minutes! Again, I try using different settings, but always get crazy long cut times.
Anyone have any idea what I am doing wrong and/or what I can do to fix this?