Please join me in congratulating the newest author in our midst!
Oliver (Gaffboat) has just published a beginner's book titled "The Newbie's Guide to CNC Routing". I've read it, and it's the best thing for beginners I've seen yet. As you can imagine, there's nothing dry or lecture-like about it. It's done in a down to earth, conversational tone with some injections of humor along the way. And he's gone out of his way to avoid overpowering the reader with unnecessary jargon or advanced techniques. In the 60 or so pages of instruction, he gives the newbie just as much as they need to start using their machine and having fun with it.
In every chapter there were things I learned that would have helped me to avoid frustrations and unnecessary mistakes if I had read the book when I first bought my machine.
There’s an excellent explanation of using vectors and layers, and it has the first down to earth, easily understandable explanation I've seen of the principle of chip load, by using specifications from bit manufacturers along with varying your rate of feed and bit rpm to get the best looking results.
In the appendix, there's a very good glossary, some pages of reference charts, and some blank feed and speed work sheets to experiment with chip loads on your own machine and document what effect each variation had on the end result.
I highly recommend the book for beginners and those who are considering the purchase of a CNC machine, as well as those ( like me) who have limited experience so far and could greatly benefit from common sense explanations that I hadn't seen before.
Here's the link for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Newbies-Guide...s+guide+to+cnc