I got my Maslow CNC constructed and calibrated last Wednesday. Felt that I was pretty much home free and ready to get some wood cut. Boy was I mistaken.
It starts with the fact that most of the tutorials for Maslow are using MakerCNC, which I would be happy to use but it is just crap. And it seems that all the tutorials (and even the Maslow sites) promote using this software that has not been maintained and is completely unusable.
I tried using Inkscape that came on the flash drive with my Maslow kit. That was a complete disaster. Inkscape on OSX would never start correctly and after a couple of minutes it would just crash. Full disclosure: I have never gotten Inkscape to work on OSX with any version of XQuartz.
In searching around on the forums here, I ran across KrabzCAM which looked promising. Played with it for a bit but I could not really get to work the way that I thought it should be. In fact, I don’t think I could generate gcode from it and even the instructions did not seem to work correctly.
Continuing my search, it seemed that there was a lot of support for dxf2gcode. Tried to get it to work on OSX and that was a disaster (yes, they say that it is not tested and I can tell you that it pretty much will not run on OSX). I am actually using a small Dell laptop to control Maslow so I figure I would get it running there. Does not matter what DXF file I try to load it just crashes with no error messages. I even built a simple rectangular block in Rhino 3D and exported that as a DXF and it still crashes.
At this point I feel like just setting fire to the darn thing and write off the $700 I spent on everything. Why are there no useful tutorials that are using current software that works?
Even the project files that come on the USB drive are only in SVG format and there does not seem to be any solid way of converting them to gcode. So I starting to get to my wits end.
To give a little bit of background, I am looking to produce the wood walls for my RV. It is a 45 year old GMC and it had the original particle board cabinetry which was falling apart. I have the majority of the panels done up in Rhino 3D and ready to be cut. Now I am still very new to Rhino 3D and there are a slew of things that I am still learning, but most of the panels are fairly straight forward and are simple in the geometry for the cuts that Maslow needs to make.
So if anyone has any thoughts on a workflow that will work and any specific suggestions around Rhino 3D, I would love to hear them.