Using my CNC out of the box

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Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Gunny Rogers » Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:27 am

Can I start using my CNC using the program that came with the machine?
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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Rcnewcomb » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:06 am

using the program that came with the machine?

What program came with the machine?
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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Gunny Rogers » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:33 am

I believe it was Cut2D.
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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Mobius » Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:06 am

This is a super vague question, so you probably won't find much in the way of helpful answers. Since we don't know you, your machine, your level of knowledge in this subject, or any of dozens of other factors, no one can really say if it will work 'out of the box'.
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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Gunny Rogers » Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:20 pm

Okay, then let me begin by introducing myself and my machine. I purchased my CNC Piranha about two years ago to aid in my hobby. Since then I have not been able to generate tool paths or to get the machine to function as advertised. To be fair though, I haven't tried as much as that sounds. But now I am at a place in my hobby that it would be a great time saver if I could use it. After going through the material that came with the machine I got the impression that by using and playing with the sample program that I could design a simple project and had closed tool paths that I could install it into the machine, after doing so the machine did not do anything. As I started studying into the Vectric website I ran across the term "G-code" and as I dug deeper into the samples, videos, instructions, and this forum I realized that I had very little experience in this field and all that I read made me realize that all the CAD programs required me to have a good understanding in all of the other areas of CAD, (Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical), those of which I don't need in my hobby.
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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Frunple » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:03 pm

Gunny, as in Sergeant??

I think you may be over complicating it. You don't need to know everything. The software does a lot of it for you.
You will need to send the G-code to the machine, not any other file, but the software will convert whatever you draw into G-code using a Post Processor. You need to select the correct PP for your machine when you actually save the toolpaths you create.
Try the support videos on the Vectric site.

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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Adrian » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:47 am

The whole idea of a CAM program like Cut2D is that you don't need to know a thing about gcode.

Try this page to get a base level understanding of the terminology and how the workflow is - http://www.vectric.com/support/introduction-to-cnc.html
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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Gunny Rogers » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:05 am

Okay, now that helps. Thanks, I will try both suggestions and see where that leaves me, of course if that doesn't work I will be back on here for more suggestions. Thanks again.
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Re: Using my CNC out of the box

Postby Gunny Rogers » Sun Jun 24, 2018 4:09 am

(Side note: Yes U.S.M.C. Marine Gunnery Sgt served 21 yrs and now learning to deal with all of my free time, hence the hobby)
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