a proposed hardware checklist:
Hive13 CNC Checklist
CAD: Set the X,Y Datum in the software. Mark it on your material.
Set the Z zero to the top or bottom face in the software. Mark it on your material
(Verify that Use Offset is unchecked.)
CAM: In Material Setup: Verify material thickness
Verify that Rapid Z clears your board and any obstacles (screws, clamps, etc.).
Verify each path depth v. material thickness. Check if it is to cut all the way through.
Verify bit. Check Feeds & Speeds settings. Be sure deep paths have ramps.
Know where to put hold-downs. Keep them out of the tool paths, accounting for the bit diameter!
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To ensure a cut through your material when indicated, Auto Tool Zero zeros Z zero to 0.02” into
spoil board. Any tool path that cuts to the bottom of the material will cut 0.02” into the spoil board,
without warning you in VCarve.
For 3D dowels, secure an extra spoil board to the machine spoil board, then drill into the extra board.
Secure your blank to the extra spoil board.
CNC: Check for and remove old hold-down nails or screws.
Turn system on (white wall switch). Launch Mach3: Mach3Loader/Coy1
Move the gantry almost to the absolute Y Zero. Disconnect motors’ power. Slide gantry to the
physical Y stops to square the unit. Reconnect power.
Reset (button on screen): locked (flashing red/green).
Set your blank square to X and Y axes. Secure your blank to the spoil board.
Install the first bit.
Click Reset. Move the bit to the X,Y Datum corner of blank. Zero X. Zero Y.
Run Your Project
I. Click Reset to lock. Make sure the proper bit is loaded in the spindle.
II. Click Reset to unlock. Zero Z axis after each bit install.
Plug in the Auto Tool Zero plate & attach clip to bit. Click Auto Tool Zero. When the gantry stops moving, remove the plate.
(Click Reset if gantry starts to move on X or Y axis while zeroing Z, then try again.)
III. Load the next GCode file from \fastor.
Check G-code for bit, tool path and maximum Z cut. Scroll back to first line of code.
IIII. Check where path starts & where it goes via the backplot panel.
V. In Mach3: Set Speed; Start spindle; Cycle Start. (listen for loose nuts)
Keep the cursor over the Reset button!
Pull all nails or screws from the spoil board when you are done.
If you E-stop the router ask for assistance.