Wrapping 4th axel does not work - HELP

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Wrapping 4th axel does not work - HELP

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Hi.

I am using Vcarve Desctop and i have tried hundreds of ways to engrave with laser on a wooden cylinder mounted om a 4th axel.
I have set the drawing to Round working piece and set the diameter.
I then use a postscript for WINPC-NC and then I try to engrave on my GOCNC.
But every symbol or letter is wrongly engraved. A cirkel does not appear engraved as a cirkel. But if I instead use a flat surface and use a postscript for flat working piece, all symbols are engraved nicely.

So I wonder what can be wrong.

Anyone who has a clue?

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I do not believe that the Desktop versions support 4th axis rotary
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Rotary is supported on VCarve Desktop. ->Link

You need to select a rotary post-processor. For you machine you will probably wan to use the "WinPC-NC ATC Rotary mm (*.nc)" post processor.
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Yes, I have done that but as the work is processed the engravings are missaligned and not correct engraved. First I thought that it had to do with non-straight lines, i.e. curves. But as I tried to engrave stars, they where missformed.

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I have both used the postscript that comes with Vcarve and I have edited it and saved this edited version as a local postscript. But neither of this postscripts gives me good result.

I have set my stepmotor to 1/2 step and with 400 steps the gear-mechanism turns 144 deg. So I have set 400 step per revolution and 144 deg as how much one revolution turns the axel. After testing 14400 deg turning, it stops allmost at the startingpoint.

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and 144 deg as how much one revolution turns the axel
One revolution should be 360 degrees.
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yes, one revolution on the steppmotor is 360 deg but the gearbox has a 2.5x exchange so that the axel does not move more than 144 deg. So 1000 steps is one revolution on the axel and 2.5x360 deg on the stepmotor

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If you give your machine a command of

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G1 A360
what does it do? Does it rotate the material 1 revolution?
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Yes it turns the axel 1 revolution 360 degrees

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So, what does "wrongly engraved" look like?

What are you expecting things to look like?

This is a circle in rotary:
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Sure does not look like a circle.
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This is picture of the engraving in ´Vectriv Desktop, both the drawing and the preview.
And then the engraving on a wooden stick.

This example can be much worse. For instance a circle can more look like an "e".
And a star can have one leg totally miss-engraved.

And it looks like if I want to engrave a line of letters, they most likely will not be engraved on a straight line.
A very enoying thing :-(
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I have filled the engraving with a pencil to make it more clear where the engraving took place.

Can I have problem with my 4th axel/stepmotor so that it misses steps? I have pulled down the feed but can I do some test to see if that is the problem?

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One more thing.

When I do jobs on a flat surface, and restart a job, the milling/engraving is very exact and hits the same track´on the working piece.

But when I do the same with a rotating axel, the restarted job never hits the same track again. So If I do 4 exactly same engravings, they will all be separated.
On a flat surface this would not happend.

Any ideas?

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Looks like your rotary axis is losing position.
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Is this something correctable in software or is it mechanical and can not be fixed?

It looks like the smaller circular movements the greater loss. If I only engrave squares, they are fine but if I put some figure together with them, all starts to be missplaced.

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is it mechanical
This seems like a mechanical issue. You need to get your machine to behave in a repeatable fashion.
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