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    The machine does the board thickness routine when...

    The machine does the board thickness routine when the carving/cutting is more than 1/2" deep. It is then that you have to jog to line up a touch hole. After the bob down the hole, the machine will...
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    The machine is supposed to bob the bit into the...

    The machine is supposed to bob the bit into the one of the holes in the side of the carrier; not stall into the top of the side. If you use the blocks, the machine will behave as it would with a...
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    Another method is to cover areas which you do not...

    Another method is to cover areas which you do not want the bit to touch with 0.00 depth carve regions. (The whole region must be 0.00 depth region.) The bit will "jump" over the region.
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    Where you put the board in the UCB is mostly up...

    Where you put the board in the UCB is mostly up to you. If you have a spot where you would like the bit to touch you can put that spot adjacent to one of the touch holes in the side. Otherwise, I...
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    When slippage occurs with multiple passes, we get...

    When slippage occurs with multiple passes, we get stair stepping. Since you made multiple passes and there seems to be no stepping, I would think that either the board slipped before the cutting...
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    Was this a single pass or multiple pass cutout?

    Was this a single pass or multiple pass cutout?
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    I would wonder about the lead screw on the far...

    I would wonder about the lead screw on the far side. Make sure it is turning and check that the nut on the head is not stripped.
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    Remember that the machine thinks the carving size...

    Remember that the machine thinks the carving size is whatever the board size you set in Designer. It will only let you jog to areas which keep the carving (virtual board in Designer) on the measured...
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    The right switch is only for the cut motor. The...

    The right switch is only for the cut motor. The left switch causes the computer to pause like pressing the stop button. Your cut motor cut out but the computer kept "carving".

    Sounds like a good...
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    Under normal operation, the switch should be...

    Under normal operation, the switch should be always closed. If you have opened the cover often to pause the machine, it might explain the burnt out switch. This causes arcing in the switch. The...
  11. The 1/64th was because each face edge was also...

    The 1/64th was because each face edge was also being cut down 1/64th as the sphere was being carved. The cube was getting smaller as the procedure progressed.
  12. What you want to do is actually very difficult as...

    What you want to do is actually very difficult as it requires accuracy which is not easy to get from the machine. Repeatability for all six sides, in my opinion, can only be done if you make a jig...
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    It is just a different wood texture. Under view -...

    It is just a different wood texture. Under view - texture - lithopane
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    You could also just take a picture. Best to be as...

    You could also just take a picture. Best to be as far away as possible and zoom in. Put the object on a white background. Raise or lower to remove the background when importing into Designer.
  15. In fact, the brass roller encoder is the same as...

    In fact, the brass roller encoder is the same as the motor encoders. (All four the same!) The circuit board is not soldered on and so it provides perfect repair parts for a motor encoder.
  16. My crude understanding is as follows: The brass...

    My crude understanding is as follows: The brass roller encoder is the accurate encoder. It is calibrated (and can be re-calibrated) to accurately measure the board position. The X motor encoder...
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    1. Your lines must not be closed. Use the snap...

    1. Your lines must not be closed. Use the snap grid (0.25) and drag the last dot onto the first dot until you see the cross appear.
    2. It will carve with the 1/16" carving bit by default.
    3. I just...
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    I have no idea what size you want but here is a...

    I have no idea what size you want but here is a quick attempt. I think the feather is what you want for the sides.
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    You have just stretched the text box and made it...

    You have just stretched the text box and made it too wide. Drag the handle to make the rectangle narrow again.
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    Just move it by hand. Whether the machine is off...

    Just move it by hand. Whether the machine is off or on does not matter. (It is a little easier to move if it is off.) Move it anywhere you want and leave it anywhere you want. It does not matter.
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    I think you can move the spindle anywhere you...

    I think you can move the spindle anywhere you like. The machine knows where the truck is and will simply return to doing whatever it was doing before the pause.
  22. I like the chalk trick. Have to give that a try....

    I like the chalk trick. Have to give that a try. I have had problems holding carbide bits in much better chuck systems than the CT split collet. Smooth carbide bits plus resonant vibrations can...
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    Have you disabled the file preview feature? It...

    Have you disabled the file preview feature? It can be a major cause of Designer crashing. Under the help menu - disable previews.
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    Do you notice the difference in truck resistance...

    Do you notice the difference in truck resistance to movement when the power is on Vs off. The z motor not getting power will cause an immediate stall.
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    My first thought would be something is loose....

    My first thought would be something is loose. Wiggle the bit by hand to see if there are some loose bearings on the truck. Did the hole diameters turn out right?
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