I would like to see more videos using the HDZ in 6061 aluminum. Say 1” thick cutout path. I just ordered the HDZ. On my standard z axis it works great until the last 1/8” or so then jams and breaks either the endmill or the Z wheels.
Some thoughts on videos:
I’d like to see videos that are a bit less esoteric than some of the stuff Winston has been doing–I do find things like Winston’s knifemaking with steel and graphite darth vader helmets interesting, but I’d rather see some more basic topics addressed for those of us who only get to carve on weekends, if that.
My topics would be:
Troubleshooting, maintainance–what is this result telling me? Is my wasteboard flat, is my bit loose or dull, that kind of thing.
Software differences–differences between Carbide Create, VCarvee, Fusion.
Clamping tactics-tape and CA glue, cam clamps, oops clamps–what are the pros and cons of each method.
How does the Shapeoko fit in with other tools in the shop–for example, I saw a topic on cutting miters with the Shapeoko. Can it be done, sure, but why would it be a good idea? Is it easier or more accurate than traditional methods?
I think what you want is something Winston already made, twice actually.
First video he made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4VverLXpCI&t=3s
Second one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9E3VEYlfwA
I think something challenging enough that you haven’t done is the v-carve inlay technique. I see mentions of it but you have to use V-Carve software. Can you make it work with CC or Fusion 360?
Not directly possible in CC right now. Maybe if you’re super creative with offsetting toolpaths. I’ve long thought about it for Fusion but never had a good reason to really try and make it work. Met a guy at Fusion Academy who figured out a formula to do it in Fusion though, so it is possible. https://www.instagram.com/p/ByeKwm6gBp9/
Also, I’ve actually done squaring/tramming/etc THREE times. 2 on my own channel, one on Carbide’s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGOGlNurglE
But i will concede that general troubleshooting and maintenance is not something I’ve addressed. More out of a fear that the comments would devolve into a bunch of “Hey, I have this problem that may or may not be related to what you explained. What do I do?” And then I’d either have to turn the comments into a triage center, or copy paste suggestions to contact support approximately 50 times. But it doesn’t hurt to at least try…
Fusion 360 - yes.
CC - I’d assume yes.
Neither is as straightforward as V-carve, F-engrave, or even Easel.
The best part of using Fusion is the ability to control the toolpaths so you don’t have to take an extra deep cut on the male side.
I suspect that in a day or two of coding, I’ll have the carbide create toolpath postprocessor thing I’ve been working on generate both the vcarve side and plug side from a svg export out of CC…
Perhaps experimenting with pushing past the boundaries of stock machine by experimenting with adding a 4th axis? I mean Winston already carved up the X and Y axis rails to make it lighter/portable so that shouldn’t be to outside the box unless swapping out the controller board would be a bridge to far for Carbide3D
It’s sort of possible, but you have to take some aspects on faith:
What I was thinking is to show a logical method to troubleshoot common problems, not this is how you solve problem X but for example the Z depth or showing how a cut that is inconsistent with dimensions should be looked at to determine the source of the issue. Maybe examples of if the belt needs tightening here is what a cut would look like. Of course, many people don’t read instructions, watch instructional videos, etc. and prefer to take to their keyboard to ask questions instead of doing some research. As a result, you will still have people seeking advice in the comments.
Absolutely agree with this one.
Also, personally, would love to see more on Fusion 360 & Shapeoko. It would brighten my declining years to see a detailed Winston video on 2D & 3D adaptive clearing with the Shapeoko.
Oh, and how about a video on setting up the Shapeoko XL & XXL?
Building up the machine and settings. Explanation of the control box and what can be fitted to it I. e. Probs etc information on Carbide motion and what can be done with it, I. e. settings logs etc.just a few ideas hope it helps
I haven’t published a C3D video for this because I’m not sure what the official instructions are (I do some things that might be a little unorthodox), but I have a video about that on my own channel: https://youtu.be/V9E3VEYlfwA
Not to cut in on Winston’s turf, but one of my New Years resolutions is to get more active on YouTube myself So far, I think my strategy is to look at the questions n00bs seem to ask every other day on Facebook, assuming that’s what they will be searching for on YouTube as well.
For instance, today’s is about what a newcomer may need to rush out and buy while they wait for their machine. https://youtu.be/arHbK9PKNhU
I’d like to see what’s involved upgrading a standard S3 to an XL and an XXL.
I would like to see longer videos more in depth using the Carbide software only.
I know that people use other soft ware to do designs. But I bought my shapeoko xxxl .
Because It came with its own soft ware and now /with the new 3d version coming out I hope that there are some videos made that were like the ones we used to get started with that were pretty in depth
Not a video, but I worked up a very basic tutorial on Carbide 3D’s Pro 3D features at:
If there’s something specific you’re trying to do and having difficulty with, please ask here, or drop us a line at email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help.
Feature some CutRocket projects and use Copper!
Look a Mark Lindsay Cnc videos for beginners and Do something similar but use Carbide Create