As the title suggests - ive never used a milling machine before. Ive plenty of experience with 3d printers and laser cutters, but the cnc mill has eluded me up until now.
Before discovering the MPCNC (which I think is awesome) I actually designed and made myself a little toymill-thing from lasercut MDF, guide rails, leadscrews and nema17s that I literally had laying around from other projects ive done in the past.
So the machine is built - the spindle I went for is a dremel flex shaft (again, had it laying around). The plan/goal is to mill some parts out of Acetal that ive 3d printed in the past, but want something a little more robust.
Im having a nightmare trying to figure out how to actually send my cad files to the machine.
Ive given up on 3d files and have gone to 2d-files to start with (just like I do with the laser cutter).
Sketchup > SVG > Easel > RepetierHost > RAMPS board (with repetier firmware)
This is what I have been recommended. Problem is that getting an SVG file from SketchUp requires processes of its own. So can someone PLEASE help make this more transparent for me?
What tool-path generator should I use? - something that will import STL or DXF/EPS, something I can input the cutters that fit my dremel
What firmware do I put onto my RAMPS board?
Have I missed anything, and what?
A massive thank you in advance to anyone that can help get me started!