Documentation

New Projects

In this area, you can edit:

  • Project Name: The name of the project used for generating files for download.
  • Unit of Measurement: The unit of measurements for all fields in the project.

For existing projects you can use the “Open Project” button to load a project file.

Existing Projects

In this area, you can:

  • Continue editing a project file by clicking the “Choose File” button, then clicking the “Generate” button.
  • Return to the the New Project screen by clicking the “New Project” button.

Compensation Options

In this area, you can edit:

  • Endmill Compensation: Automatic: Cuts inside shapes with inner compensation first (considered “holes” for removal).  Outside shapes are cut next with outer compensation. Reverse Automatic: Cuts the outline, then cuts the inside details (reverse of Automatic). No Compensation: Cuts directly on the drawn lines.

Note: Both Automatic and Reverse Automatic modes will place the endmill either inside or outside the shape, so that the edge of the endmill touches the drawn line.

  • Endmill Diameter: The diameter of your machine’s endmill for cutting.

Speeds

In this area, you can edit:

  • Endmill Speed: How quickly the endmill rotates.
  • Coordinated Speed: How quickly the endmill moves while cutting in X or Y.
  • Fast Speed: How quickly the endmill moves while it is not cutting.
  • Plunge/Z Speed: How quickly the endmill goes drills into the material while plunging in Z axis.

Machining Depths

In this area, you can edit:

  • Z Depth: How far down the endmill goes into the material from homed position in Z axis.
  • Z Retraction Depth: How far the endmill retracts for jogging while not cutting.

Position Options

In this area, you can edit:

  • Start from Center X: Yes: On the X Axis, the endmill will start in the center of the design. No: The endmill will start on the edge of the design (position zero).
  • Start from Center Y: Yes: On the Y Axis, the endmill will start in the center of the design. No: The endmill will start on the edge of the design (position zero).

Note: If both are set to yes, the endmill will start in the exact center of the design rather than any edges/corners.

Repeat Options

Repeat options allow multiple copies of an object to be milled from the same sheet of material:

  • Repeat Milling X: How many times the shape will be duplicated along the X Axis.
  • Repeat Milling Y: How many times the shape will be duplicated along the Y Axis.
  • Repeat Milling Z: How many times the endmill will plunge the designated depth. Used to set up multiple runs if going through particularly hard material, to prevent damage.

You can also press the button “Set as Defaults” to save all the settings you entered as your defaults.

Finishing Up

In this area, you can:

  • Choose the DXF or SVG file containing the design you want to mill by clicking on the button marked “Choose File”.
  • Generate the files used for cutting the design, by clicking the button marked “Generate”.

Note: The preview image for the GCode operations appears at the top left of the screen, next to Project Settings

The green lines indicate jogging where the endmill is traveling while not cutting, red lines are where the endmill will be cutting, and the black lines are the original drawing lines.

This allows you to:

  • Download the project file for later editing, by clicking the button marked “Download Project”
  • Download the GCode for execution with your milling machine (ie Mach3/4, Linux CNC, etc.).

Note: As this software is currently in an Alpha state, it is recommended that the GCode is run as a simulation before milling real materials.