I’m learning to use XCarve with Easel. I already made a couple of projects and I’m mostly happy with the results. However, for a recent project I need precise cutting results and I’m struggling to find the right settings.
The following illustrations overlay an Easel project on a photo of the resulting cuts for various bit width settings (5mm, 5.6mm, 7mm). The original bit is supposed to have a width of 6mm. The measured width of a single cut is roughly 5.6mm.
With the intended 6mm width setting…
- pockets are consistently smaller by roughly 0.9mm (96%).
- outline cuts are also consistently smaller (90% … 98%)
- The overall design seems to be correctly scaled (scaling of 99% is probably caused by distortion of the iPhone lense.
Decreasing the width setting (5mm) decreases the offset for pockets but increases the error of outline cuts.
Increasing the width setting (7mm) increases the error for pockets buts decreases the error for outline cuts.
So far I haven’t been able to find a setting that combines precise pockets with precise outline cuts.
- What is the correct width setting (6mm bit or 5.6mm measured cut width)?
- How can I calibrate easel to have a correct size for pockets and outline cuts?
Any hints or suggestions are welcome,