Thanks so much for your suggestions, everyone!!
This article helped explain, thank you.
But still, what is slotting?
What applications would adding geometry be an appropriate for? Both examples in the article are for rounding hard edges.
I had actually skipped the Hello World pen tutorial, but I just did it just now, and it ran through just fine.
I made the toolpath suggestions you offered. And the RPM control had slipped to 4, so I reduced that.
I did not change the offset direction to outside, because I accounted for this when creating my file in photoshop. But it’s good to know, so I don’t have to make that adjustment on the front end anymore!
Thanks for the explanations about speeds, I did raise it to 60.
I do use double stick tape on the bottom of my board in addition to the clamps, so those suckers aren’t moving at all
Thanks for the Vinyl suggestion, I hadnt though of that at all! The PVC is a nice suggestion also, but I stain all of my shapes lots of bright colors, so it really needs to be wood.
I wiggled everything around and there was a good amount of ‘slop’. Specifically the right side X Axis. So I tightened that pully.
With these adjustments, things were definitely better, but the same problems still persisted: Wonky shapes and fuzzy edges. But now it seems to be only the small pieces that are misshapen, the larger pieces straightened up. Is this a situation for the ‘adding geometry’?
And the edges, although better, still showed all three passes making them fuzzy all the way down, so the suggestion of a vinyl layer on top wouldn’t help the next 2 passes, I suspect. Would the ‘down cutting’ bit address this?
Again, I really appreciate all of this feedback! THANK YOU!