Has anyone ever wanted to enter a specific coordinate for X,Y and Z positions? Is there a way to do that in gSender?
I just tab across with the arrows until I get there. I am not sure that there is a GoTo function.
You can click on the Axis Numbers and enter a value, I use it all the time for through cuts for example, say I have 1/2" stock I’m cutting through I set the bit to just kiss the bed and enter -1/2" for Z, that’s assuming I used the surface of the stock as start point in VCarve.
EDIT: I think maybe I misinterpreted your question? I was thinking of the zeroing thing because I do it, not jogging to a specific coordinate if that’s what you were asking.
I’m always entering how far I want the router to move in the XY and Z. for example, 10.675" in XY then I click the directional arrow I want it to go in.
Michael, I am trying to understand the full process of what you are doing here as it seems to be a better way than I am using (ie zero off the top and then cut down to how much you measure your workpiece to be)
Please can you lay it out in more detail for me .
@_Michael I do what you do, Michael. I have macros for pretty much all of my stock material thicknesses and they are each mapped to a keyboard shortcut. That means that I cut through the material even if the thickness is off a bit and I don’t muck up my spoil board.
You hit the nail square on the head sir. I was talking about jogging, however this is good info. Particularly when I’m using the center of the piece to zero X and Y. I’m doing several returns to make new cuts after some finishing work. I need to go back and seem to have lost my coordinates due to running more than one project at a time on the same bed. Dare I say that I messed it up! Anyway, I just need to get back to the exact same place to make a new cut that needs to be aligned with previous cuts.
Thank you for the help sir. I’m going to try this.
@GregM, I should learn how to do this.
Thank you Swinly,
I’m going to take a look at that. It sounds too easy,
As I understand it, by setting the bit to the bed and entering 1/2”, for the 1/2” stock, he is effectively setting the Z Zero where he needs it 1/2” above the spoil-board. If the stock is exactly 1/2” he’s good to go and reduces the damage to his spoil board. If his stock is a hair under 1/2”, he’s still saving the spoil board and because he’s cutting all the way through, his stock is also safe.
Swinly, you’re a genius. This is exactly what I needed.
If you keep your cad/cam like your used to, with zero on top of the project and you know the project height then the bed is zero - project height. So you can set X/Y the way you normally do but instead of setting the surface of the project to zero you set the spoil board to -project height. It’s important to not miss the minus sine in there. This has resulting in me rarely damaging my spoil board. I picked it up on this forum and to me it’s a much better than “just cut a little more than project thickness” and plan to cut into the spoil board. I laser burned a grid in my spoil board and it is still usable after many projects.
I also laser burned my spoil board and even though I haven’t done many projects yet, my spoiled board has lots of first timers, but it’s still pretty usable since I’ve been practicing on getting the Z cut through’s measured up. This is going to rescue it and save me a ton of time.
I’m grateful sir.
Thank you !
Time.for.a new spoiler board now .
Another thought on this. If I’m surfacing my piece, I could use this method to surface it to a specific thickness. A great technique to use for something that might need to be inserted into the groove of a frame or a base plate???
Would you agree?
I have actually transitioned to doing almost all of my work with the zero set to the spoil board in VCarve now. It takes a little more work setting up the tool paths but then all my work is just ‘touched of the spoil board’ for Z.
For example lets say I had some 1/2" nominal stock I was going to V-carve and cut out a shape, a basic plaque or sign. I work in mm so 1/2" is ~13mm.
- The first thing I would do is surface it to 12 mm thick, so a 1mm pocket over the whole work area.
- Then the VCarve start depth is 1 and if you wanted a flat depth of 2mm from there that would be 3mm. That’s where it takes more thought in CAD IMHO.
- Lastly the profile cut would start at 1 and cut a depth of 12.
With that way of working in VCarve all my jobs become set XY to lower left or center of job, then set Z to zero with the bit just touching the spoil board. You get a nice V-carve becase the carve surface was just surfaced to 12mm thick and the V-carve set up accordingly.
It seemed weird to work that for a couple of jobs but now it looks natural and all of my work takes place in +Z, that’s above the grid ‘floor’ in gSender which is kinda neat. If I see anything below zero I know I’ve gotten something wrong right of the bat.
That makes total sense to me.