One problem for newbies to the Zank V-Inlay Procedure [Zank VIP] is the inconsistency in nomenclature that different users employ to describe their problems, triumphs, and discoveries iin the context of this method. Having slogged through most all 24 pages of OP Paul Zank's thread on this subject, including the white paper he wrote with Damien Durrant, I can attest to this issue personally. I also count myself as a newbie, but the end results are often so spectacular I've developed a real passion for Zank's procedure and that has helped me stay focused on it in the face of complex and sometimes confusing discussions.
One bit of nomenclature I have proposed, and do so again here, is that the specific name "Zank V-Inlay Procedure" be generally adopted in order to distinguish the inlay method we are all talking about from the Vectric inlay functionality, or any other possible method. As the veteran users of Zank's method will readily appreciate, it is a unique approach to inlay with CNC technology and it deserves a clear and compelling name so that we can all be on the same page when discussing this subject. There were some early attempts to formulate a new, descriptive name for Zank's discovery but the early suggestions either didn't completely gel in people's minds or (more likely) were not sufficiently differentiated from Vectric nomenclature to catch on. It is not up to Paul to name this method after himself---it is up to a community of grateful users to name it after him and, at that same time, clearly differentiate his method from other inlay techniques.
Another modest suggestion: In my ideal Zank VIP glossary, everyone discussing their problems, challenges, issues, discoveries, questions, etc. would always use the term "female" to describe the engraving that will be filled with an inlay, and "male" to describe the workpiece that will used to fill the female engraving. Sounds simple, and everyone beyond the age of puberty understands the difference between "female" and "male".... Contrast this to, say, calling the female engraving a "pocket", as many do in the various discussions: There is a pocket cut functionality in Vectric that has nothing to do with the female workpiece in Zank VIP and, to make matters more confusing, there is most definitely a role for the Vectric pocket cut function in preparation of the male workpiece for joining with the female.
This is just the start of a much longer rant-- it is really, really important to study and understand exactly how Vectric's Start Depth and Flat Depth parameters define the female and male parts of a Zank VIP project...unless you are a savant, it is trickier than might be expected at first blush. FixItMike's diagram is a very good starting place and a YouTube video by Shawn Gano is also pretty good, as it basically animates some of the features of FixItMike's diagram. Zank's original diagram in his white paper also illustrates the relationship of the original artwork to the female and male parts of the inlay, which is indispensable to understanding the procedures, IMHO.
Still, as a newbie, I often had trouble knowing where to focus my attention when examining single diagrams that illustrate a large number of concepts...found it very helpful to sit down with pencil and paper and just work through the construction of separate female and male diagrams and their relations to the artwork.
You obviously don't have to do any of this if you simply want to find a well-defined set of parameters and use them by rote. But, obviously, the Zank V-Inlay Procedure has captured the imaginations of a lot of talented people who feel the need to further study, understand, refine, and discuss its many interesting facets in great detail. In some ways it is a shame that the current "best" information is scattered higgledy-piggledy through the 24 page thread, and sometimes mixed in with equal parts of confusion, misinformation, and angst.