Johnny, I really like the way you worded that. I need to incorporate that in all the tutorials and getting started pages I have. I think I might have been trying to bend or correct the way people use the word, home. Instead I need to say things like “Zero, the carriage”, or “when you turn it on it is at Zero”. Where I have been saying things like, “home is where you turn it on”, That is incorrect, home is when it hits and endstop. I think I am very much to blame for a lot of the confusion. Thank you for taking the time to write that out I am going to use my words a bit more carefully and hopefully this makes it easier for all of us. High five!
Stephen! We are making solid progress. What was the cause of the odd origin on your machine?
So if your machine is not started square it will cut ovals and parallelograms instead of circles and rectangles, but it should not skip steps. What you have there is a skipped step. That could be from loose belts, poorly set drivers, cutting too fast, too deep, dull tool, moving an axis too far, physically hitting something,all kinds of things. Although if it is really far out of square it can skip a step but is has to be pretty far off for that to happen.
You will need to run iti again and watch things closely.
As for the odd smaller looking cut, I don’t know what you were trying to do so I don’t know what is wrong. Things like screenshots of your toolpaths and tool settings can really help sort these out. The estlcam screen will show all of this with one picture. Just use the windows snipping tool to get a screen grab.