After being away from Nomad 883 since 2015 I’m returning to relearn everything and work on a project that must be completed.
My old copy of MeshCAM didn’t suggest that there is an update, but I looked at the download page and found MeshCAM 7 build 25 for Mac (beta?) which I downloaded and installed. In trying to accomplish something I figured out I’d better read the help docs. At one point it says, for Selecting a Machine:
Go to CAM->Select Machine
Scroll through the list and pick the machine that you have
Unfortunately, CAM->Select Machine does not present anything, not a list, just as if I hadn’t selected it. Should I not be using this version, or did I skip some step?
I reinstalled to be sure. Yes, this is the Carbide3D Pro license. Since I reinstalled, I tried selecting the machine first, instead of trying other features first. This time a short list of machines did indeed show up! One of the choices was “Nomad 883 Pro”, which I selected. A few others were also presented such as Shapeoko. I’m not sure my Nomad is a PRO though, it’s one of the original Kickstarter machines.
But in any case I was able to select a Nomad this time. After I generated a toolpath though, the Select Machine menu choice again became inactive. This is the point that I first tried it, so it must be because I didn’t use it first. From a UI standpoint it seems like the menu item should be dimmed if it isn’t appropriate.
But the whole reason I was questioning whether the machine had been set is because the Save button produces a file with a “.egc” extension rather than “.nc”. There is some mention in the docs about being able to select a post-processor, but I can’t find that at all. So my guess was that I hadn’t selected a machine, but that’s not it.
I still can’t choose “.nc” for the output file type. What am I missing?
Apparently this has changed since I last used the machine. At that time the file was written as .nc and moved to the Nomad with Carbide Motion. Now I see that’s been updated to a much later version, and Carbide Motion reads .egc (whatever that is!) instead of .nc. And, it seems I need to update the firmware in the Nomad, after cutting a pin on the PCB!
This is all OK, just confusing to start up again. Do you think I’ve missed any other such changes?