Thanks to Mark Bellon for talking me through where I was going South. The problem I had was with Carbide Motion, not Meshcam. My apologies to Meshcam!
When I was zeroing the machine in Carbide Motion I didn’t realize you have to do it TWICE. That still doesn’t make sense to me but you have to click “Zero” then you have to do it again and click “Zero All” or something like that. I was skipping the second one since that’s what I thought I was doing the first time.
Mark pointed out that I have an old version of Carbide Motion also. I expected to get emails that let me know anytime a software or firmware update is available. I’m not sure what that didn’t happen.
Anyway, a couple of hours of headache has been averted with some help from Mark. Thanks again. The general walk through of Meshcam was very helpful also. I would like to see a video that basically just walks through every screen and every variable that Meshcam offers and explains what each does and a basic overview of what to do and what not to do.
It was fun to see this little mill crank out a part so quickly and I love the 3D milling and support tabs. Those make life much easier.
Original Post below…
I’ve spent about 4 hours screwing around with the Nomad and I’ve been able to make the rosette piece without an issue but nothing else.
The first issue was a missing file needed to run on my Windows 7 setup.
Now, I’m trying to load a simple gear dxf into Meshcam and it starts machining a quarter inch above the part. Either the Meshcam software is very counterintuitive or it has a bug.
Later, after I keep trying 5 different z zero settings, it starts the spindle, moves about an inch and then stops and says the job is completed.
At best, Meshcam is very non-intuitive. At worst, its full of bugs.
Vent over for now… I’ll try something else and see if I can get it to work…
If I knew I was going to have to spend hours just to figure out non-intuitive software I would have went ahead and just bought a Tormach. I had hoped the Nomad/Meshcam would be very intuitive but I was wrong.