Try Easel by Inventables. Make an account, then use the online software. It saves all your work and you can split projects into different pages and create a gcode for each piece. The tabs are put in automatically on a ‘through cut’. you can move them around to put them on your work where you want them. Just click and drag them. You can import SVG or make you own drawings with the tools available. The gcode runs great with Ground Control.
You need to tell MakerCAM how far apart to put the tabs, not how many. Use the diameter of what you’re cutting to get 3 (pi is pretty close to 3, plus didn’t a state have a law to make it 3?)
It doesn’t allow for your bit size, so add one bit diameter to the tab width to allow for the radius on both sides.
Iirc you subtract the tab thickness (I like around a sister that) from the work thickness for the depth over the tab. There’s a short YouTube video (it’s not just for cats anymore!) on tabs in makercam
It’s really easy, set the bit, set the thickness, I always at about 1or2 hundredths to the material thickness to make sure I get through. Then up on the menu in machine, click on advanced, and you can generate and download your Gcode. The Gcode runs in GC nicely. No issues for me.
You can edit points in the design by double clicking on a line in the design window. It has a 3d view of the cut. I suggest also clicking the simulate in lower right. If you then hit the ‘hide material’ you can see the cuts/toolpaths it creates. This way you can see if words or lettering/numbers are fully being cut, or smaller details.
I recommend watching Mo, her tutorials are sometimes long, but easy instruction. They sell compatible materials and bits through the site, and the projects are shareable with others. There is a projects area that you can cut and change other projects to suit your needs. Play with it and have fun.
Try this little deco, cut it or add to it if you like.
I know I’m digging up an old thread, but I want to thank you for suggesting Easel! I have been struggling to decide which CAM program to start learning, and since I am new to this type of software, I wanted something that was beginning friendly. This looks like it fits the bill! One thing I’m confused about that I’m hoping you can shed some light on…
By default, Easel has the bit size set at 1/8". I loaded up the AllParts.svg of the Maslow Parks, and started deleting some of the unneeded bits (numbers, etc). However, when I changed the bit size from 1/8" to 1/4", it looks like it might affect the final size of my pieces.
Here I am zoomed in on a part with the bit size set at 1/8 inch: