I’ve been relatively happy using MakerCam for single parts. But now I want to cut 32 identical pieces out of a sheet of plywood, and I need the gcode to have all 32 in one go (they don’t fit into nice boxes, so I’ve had to nest them intricately to get them all to fit, and need the machine to stay calibrated between them all)
I can easily nest them all on a 47.5x95.5 rectangle using Inkscape to produce an SVG file that has all the parts.
BUT, each part has 8 holes that I need to drill before I profile the part out. I’m NOT looking forward to SHIFT-SELECTING 256 holes for the drill operation (or re-doing my drill operation 32 times after shift_selecting 8 holes…). [Or shift-selecting 32 outsides for the profile for that matter…]
Is there some way to use color in an SVG file and tell MakerCam to “select all green” objects?
I notice that makercam has a “nesting” menu, but it appears that you need to create all 32 parts before you can have it “nest” them. (Plus, I’ve already manually nested them in inkscape…)
I’m not opposed to using a different CAM software, but it would need to run on Linux or in a web browser on linux, and I’d prefer it be open source or free.
Any suggestions on a smart way to do these multiple duplicate parts in MakerCam?