Have you considered looking into Enroute software?
No, Ronnie, but I appreciate it - waaaaaay too pricey for me!
MT Stringer - are you paying attention to the last message.
Get a bigger machine!
Have you downloaded the trial version of Aspire and played with it yet??
Not yet, John. I'm afraid I'll like it... :wink:
Extra travel time can be eliminated by simply connecting (joining) all the grid vectors into one continuous polyvector. As grid cutting is usually a one-pass job this one pass done without lifting up the bit would save an enormous amount of time.
In VCarve or Aspire there are several sort options on the toolpath side which can optimize the procession of cuts to reduce air travel time.
I'm not familiar with that but I'll check into it - thanks, 4D!
I thought about doing it as two separate files for text - one for the numbers on the left and in the 1" grid and another file for the text at the end of the board. But since this was a one-shot deal and the rapids are 600 ipm it just didn't matter that much. Traveling the full length of the board to cut one number and then traveling the full length again to cut a couple of letters - over and over - is a huge waste of resources for the machine and my time.
The way Fusion 360 does engraving is to start at the left and work its way to the right, regardless of where the engraving is on the board. If the letters/numbers are only an inch or two away it isn't that bad but 48" away is way too far to be doing that, even with 600 ipm rapids.
Yes, in my dreams! :surprise::grin:
Gotta' start somewhere, Mike, so in your dreams is a good place for that bigger machine! LOL! :wink: