Hanging Out with Robots

The past few days have mainly consisted of my attempts to cut out the first of four panels on the CNC. What I thought would be a few hours of fairly straight-forward work has transformed into a lengthy process of waiting and troubleshooting. In actuality it took the machine a total of twelve hours to cut out one sheet entirely! Not knowing this, I began the cut Monday night at nine pm. By the time it was two in the morning, the CNC had only cut fifty percent of the file. I decided it would be more logical to pause the cut an return in the morning. Somewhere within the process of shutting down the computer and returning the next day the machine had shifted it’s coordinates about 1/32″ to the left. This means, on a micro level, some of the cuts are skewed. This error is luckily not noticeable by eye, but it definitely is not preferred. Before I begin the second cut later today, I am going to further explore the path program to hopefully find an alternative process of cutting to avoid this kind of error happening again. On a more positive note, I am really excited about how the pattern looks full scale. Also, because I must be nearby to keep an eye on the machine’s progress, I have had the prefect excuse to complete other work in the shop. Looks like the rest of the week will be just as busy. One down…three more to go!

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