Plate 2 didn't go quite as planned, one thing I am always saying to people is learn to trust the toolpath preview but I have realised that although I always have a general look to check everything is OK I could in fact be making more use of it. Plate 2 is a good example, I originally selected the Celtic Cross from the standard clipart supplied with the software. Sized it & then used the embossing tool exactly the same as I had done with the first plate.
Roughing cut went fine but when the finish cut started on the cross it was clear that there wasn't really any surface height to the model or none that could be seen by eye. The finish cut was going to take hours & I felt that it was really a waste of time carrying on as it was. If I had moused over the toolpath preview rather than just having a quick look I would have realised this earlier
Good thing about this sort of project is that it is easy enough to correct, quick pocket to remove the base of the cross & then add a vcarve instead of a 3d model
I may still use the celtic cross model but instead of cutting it all as a 3d model I will make it a combination of 3D model & Vcarving, just need to find time to sit down & draw some suitable vectors to use
Still need to know more about finishing though, when you have 3D models how do you go about sanding them ?