I’m just now finding out about Maslow and trying to determine if it’s the right tool for me. I believe that it is, but I have one (silly) question for now.
Because the work piece is vertical, when you make the final pass, I would imagine that the drop would literally want to drop. I imagine then, that you would want to orient the toolpaths so that the final pass ends on the upside of the part, correct? Also, I imagine that you’d want to nest and run the program in a way that you work up the work piece? I’m not necessarily new to woodworking or machining; i’m just trying to wrap my mind around this. Pending financial approval (from the wife) I’m probably going to be buying!
The way this is handled is you want to design “holding tabs” material the is not removed to keep the work in place. You then remove them by hand. I will look for one of the threads that covers this and follow up. There are no stupid questions.
MakerCAM’s reached end of life, don’t expect anything except maybe an easy bug fix. Ed’s got bigger concerns running a company that has it’s own CAM tools and earning that private jet.
Speaking of bugs, MakerCAM is written in Adobe Flash, a bug infested sewer that had a major impact on turning the net into a, well, bug infested sewer. For a while it was about the only way to do (so for a while not a bad choice until it’s dark side appeared) in the browser programming but Flash was just a flash in the pan. MakerCAM would need a complete recode, and weighing private jet against replaced free tool…
The MakerCAM source is available? Ooooh that’s interesting… I just converted a web advertisement from 2008 that was Flash/Actionscript to HTML5/Java Script. It was stupid simple, though, nothing like an application similar to MakerCam but I can see where someone could use Animate (Creative Cloud app from Adobe) to take a stab at it.