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Figured I'd start with an introduction, I'm Brandon. I've always done metal work and fabrication with my career being a research and design manager. My GF wanted to get into wood work... so we decided to pick up a Shapeoko 3 XXL. She wanted to help, so with some instruction, she built the table, and most of the machine. Well, this build has a long way to go, just got started on the table for the machine on Friday of this past week, so not even a week in on the entire build. Please pay no attention to the messy shop, machine came in a week faster than we expected.
Welcome!! Looks like a good build, and judging from your spoil board you've already used it to make some cuts. Biggest hurdle for new folks is the software get comfy and spend some quality time with Carbide create or Fusion360. Once you're good there it's all just learning how far you can push your machine.
Thanks, i've probably cut around 40 door hangars out of poplar so far in the past day or so. I was teaching the GF CNC and CAD/CAM basics and she did her drawings using the nominal wood thickness and not the actual thickness, so the spoil board got a few rubs, probably an hour after facing the whole thing off, lol. Nice little machine so far. Great for the price. She ordered a touch probe from carbide3d today, so that should help her a lot with the learning curve.
That's what a spoil board is for it's expendable. If she just kissed it and made the cut to the proper size with no broken tooling.... I'd call that a good first outing in the sea of Home CNC machines!
Yeah, I was picking on her about it, and today I literally ran a $190.00 1" diameter low helix solid carbide bit through a piece of 3/4" plywood, through the MDF spoil board, and through a 1" aluminum vacuum table, all because i forgot to double check to make sure someone hadn't swapped my tooling in my tool changer. That's what i get for picking on her.