Hi there. I’m John. New to the forum. New to CNC stuff. Been 3d printing for a while mostly making models in Fusion360 and sending stuff to my Monoprice Maker Select V2 to make scale models for my woodworking and fabrication projects.
I’ve wanted to go CNC for a while, but the cost of the pre-fab systems was too much until I found the V1 Lowrider, which can do everything I want for a very affordable price. I ordered all the kits and stuff from V1 and put it together. The instructions and forums on here are fantastic.
I used estlcam to make gcode on a SD card and print a crown and the pen slammed into the table and it didn’t go well.
I tried the “if you have trouble use this code” and it worked great!
I tried my own SVG design. It still did not go well. It would start fine and move over to where it should start cutting, the just freeze and start buzzing. I figured something was wrong with Estlcam and my gcode. I searched these forums and this thread was helpful but did not solve my problem. I re-checked all the settings.
There was an issue with the changing from absolute to relative coordinates in the preamble code. I think I got that figured. Also, I did not have the F:-repeat checkmark clicked on the ‘CNC program settings’ and I hadn’t unchecked the G02 and G03 arcs on the ‘CNC program setup’. Tried that. I still had the machine move over and freeze. In comparing the g-code from mine to the working sample, the F- speeds were different.
I greatly appreciate the detailed instructions with screenshots. Many trips from the computer to the basement with a card. I think I should put a box down there and run repetier, but it’s just going to be loud and dusty.
I found another post in a different thread that said to set the
“Feed unit CNC Programs” to Millimeter per Minute instead of MM/S
My Gcode came out much closer to the sample gcode and I was able to cut out my first project!
I just wanted to post this here in case other people were having the same problem. I think it’s a newer version of Estlcam out there or I’m just not good and following directions.
Thank you to all the active posters and answerers of questions.