Have I said how much I'm loving these assigments that do not involve a lot of creation? Well I do, just diving into using the tool is amazing.
That said, I have to say in this case I couldn't just dive in, because the only two machines that were functional were NASTY dirty...to anyone from the class reading this> NOT COOL. It took me an hour to start working!
Now that I've vented out my anger...
So following the instructions provided in the Skill Builder was really easy. If I had to speak of anything that wouldn't work it would be maybe my only mistake (really bad one) during set up. So i adjusted my material thickness to the thinest part of the board, not the thickest, luckily this machines that seem so delicate make me so nervous that I hit the big red button before the collet hit the side of my wood panel.
Once I had to re-start the adjustment with the proper measurements I imported my file.
Now this was the tricky part, when it came making the machine do what I wanted. When I was setting up the file I could distinguish from cutting and engraving. So I decided to start off with the engraving so I could see if I liked what I saw, but the option to cut or cut visible just got disabled. I had to activate both cutting and engraving for the option of Start cutting and cut visible to become available.
I tryed modifying the depth and still it wouldn't let me. So I just went and let it do its thing. And it started by cutting. But sadly couldn't make it all the way through as I had my bit too short for the thickness of the material, this meant I had to press the big red button again and loose what was about to be a perfect job.
So I then just took the honeycomb like design from the rectangle and imported it as one file, I tried the engraving again but it didn't happened it was going for cutting the edge, and not doing anything to the inned part. The results can be seen in my piece:
Now it is time to go get another piece of wood and strive for the design I really wanted.
PS. this is how the machine should look once you are done with it (although there is a very hard spot to get in the motor for the drill)