Newbie With Path Workbench Questions

I am trying to use FreeCad to model a five-pointed star and then simulate cutting it out of .25 inch plywood. I feel I have to be able to do this before purchasing a kit. I have done the model. Is there any documentation about the parameters I need to set in the Path Workbench in order to produce and test Gcode? I want to purchase the MetalMaslow in November so would be using the router that comes in the kit. I also welcome any suggestions about modeling, Maslow, FreeCad, etc.

I usually draw in the sketch workbench, pad to my material thickness in the part design workbench and set up the rest in the path workbench.
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Thanks for your quick reply. That is what I have done but when working with the path workbench to set up the job, I don’t know reasonable values for the parameters such as feed rate, spindle speed, etc. Can I put in pretty much anything just to see if I get a reasonable path and valid Gcode? I have already watched the first two of Sliptonic’s videos and will continue through the entire set. However, it would be very helpful to have some idea of the parameter values I would be using with the Maslow CNC.

I don’t change the parameters, as GroundControl and firmware limit the feedrate. Have not seen that to be too fast. The router speed is controlled manually. I go from lowest to little up till it sounds right.
Tool setup matters though. Your bit size should be correct before creating the toolpath.
So, yes, check if you get a valuable gcode.

Edit: With the padding you need to make sure it expands on the X/Y plane in -Z, or you’ll be cutting in air.

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Thanks, especially the note about expanding in the negative direction on Z.

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