email@example.com wrote:Hi Hermie, in the very first page is the job set up with the measurements and at the bottom is the start datum box to show where you want to start from. After that you do the text then on to toolpath. First page is the short set up one where you can also click the start datum position again. I click both the same, I have clicked in the middle of the first page and lower left on the second set up, it makes no difference what I do in any combination. When I bring it up in Mach3 the window shows it's at the top of what would be your work piece. So no matter where I put my start point, 2d will not start there, if you have read my questions and replies I think I have been very accurate in all the descriptions. What's adding more frustration is I can't seem to find a way to contact Vectric to ask this question. Like I said before, the only way I can get close is by manipulating the little perforated box on the big text screen by putting it as close to bottom left and still make sure your work is in the X and Y lines. I can put it close to bottom left but not in a precise manner for my work. I sure hope you have an answer, it has to be simple, something I'm just not clicking I guess...Thanks...Doug
I'm not following where you can set the "start datum position again" in the toolpath section? Once you set up the parameters to begin with in job set up, you shouldn't have to touch that again unless you're using a different board size. I'll give you my set-up routine. Set board size (say 12"w x 12"h x 0.75" thick), then select the lower left corner for where I want to start, hit okay. Then I do whatever the design is. In your case, let's put the text "Doug" in the center of the board. Once I like the look, I go to tool path set up. I select the text and decide to pocket the text with 1/16" endmill going to a depth of .0625". Hit calculate, the preview should show my text in the middle of my board. If I like it, I select the mach3 post processor and output to my flashdrive. Take flashdrive to my computer hooked to the router. Once Mach3 is up and running and I have my board clamped down. Move the bit over to the LOWER LEFT hand corner of the board, slowly lower it until it just touches the board. Zero X, zero Y, zero Z (in your case there would be another step for Z), but no matter where I am on the machine, if I press the return to zero button, it should come right back to where I originally set it. Not necessarily home, but where I set that point. Then pull the file up in Mach3, the picture should show the text in the middle of the screen and if my bit is still where I originally set it (0,0,0), then that point on the screen should be in the lower left hand corner. At that point I start the router, hit the start button in Mach3 and the bit should then raise up to whatever safe height you set and go to (0,0,safe ht) (if you happened to move the bit from the original). It should then move near the center of the board and start routing the text. When it is done, the bit should move up to the safe height again and then move back to the lower left hand corner where it started (0,0,safe ht) and wait for you to shut off the router. With that being said, I could have had a 4'x8' sheet of plywood on the machine and made 32 of those objects as long as I moved the router each time and created a new (0,0,0) for each one. Cut2D doesn't care and neither does Mach3 what is on the machine, it's assuming there is a 12"x12" square where you say it is and it's going to make all it's calculations based on that assumption and starting point.
If you're still having problems after this, make some screen shots of every step you do along the way and post it. Using Cut2D with Mach3 is done everyday by thousands of users, so it shouldn't be that complicated.