NL7U wrote:I have suceeded, after many failures, to consistently get my text on text figured out using Desktop and my Piranha FX machine. I viewed EVERY YouTube video ever made, plus the tutorial from Vectric. Some were terribly done, most were way to complicated to follow. I finally found what my own bird brain and simple outfit could handle. I will stay with this until I can cut them without worrying that I am going to ruin a good piece of wood.
Enclosed is a pix of my first project test. Notice the the lines that the end mill made. I do not know what the end mill was up to here. Material was maple. Any ideas?
This isn't intended to be Negative but will probably come across that way, I would say that you have jumped in way to deep with a project like this if you are new to both the type of software & CNC machining in general. There is quite a steep learning curve involved & by not starting with the very basics you have made things more difficult for yourself, bit like trying to learn calculus without first learning to add, subtract, multiply & divide
I can fully understand why people want to do that, learning from the very basics takes time & most people (myself included) just want to be making stunning items as soon as they get their machine
If you take the time to go back to the very beginning & work your way through the tutorials from the start then you will give yourself a very good understanding of not just what you are doing but why you are doing it, this will give you a very good grounding as you move forward. Don't just watch the tutorials, take the time to download the files for each tutorial & work along with it. Takes time but is really the best way, not only will you learn how to use the software & your machine but you will also learn how to diagnose problems for yourself, like the endmill marks in your project that you can't explain
Won't help with all of your questions but will answer a lot of them, the forum exists to help with anything else you need to know or learn
Best of luck with it, the picture you posted at least shows that you are making some progress