I ran my maslow for the first time this weekend and after some early calibration woes I got it running. As I have never ran a cnc before I have some basic questions about general practices and also some more specific to maslow.
I have the Ridgid router with z axis and although it has started running better, I had to assist it in movement for the first 20 minutes. I tried loosening the clamp, lubrication, everything. I can see why folks upgrade the z axis. It has been a problem. I am going to try to get some graphite dry lube and see if that works better. Would that have done any damage to the motor already? It kept hanging up and I would turn the shaft to help it along.
Next, when starting a project like the maslow sled, is the best practice to run the bit all the way down to the work piece, define that as home, and then run? I am just a little unsure how to make this work well as I haven’t had any experience and haven’t done cad/cam design work. My maslow drug the bit due to the z axis being too low quite a bit. Not sure if that was cause the z was sticking or if it was operator error in set up of the z axis home during this first run.