Here is the problem.
When I run the cutoff path on the work piece in Easel, it cuts almost half way through the work piece on the first pass. After that it continues cutting the next passes at the set depth. I checked all my settings multiple times, re-saved as G code exports from VCarve to Easel, import G code, re-homed the machine, probe the Z axis, set XY, and then run the carve. You can see in the picture where it made the first pass and then the following ones.
Preview in VCarve also looks fine, same in Easel, it’s showing all paths the same way in both previews.
Except it plunges half way into the work piece. First time that happens I stopped the machine. When it went back to XY home it did not come all the way out of the work piece. Of course the bit 1/8" broke. The second time I had the guts to re-run it, it did the same thing of course, but I slowed it down to a feed rate of 6 and let it cut through. Smelled a little bit, but it worked. Good thing I always put an additional waste board under the work piece. So at least I was able to save the work piece. But I am really concerned now, as I have no idea what’s going on with this, and I need to make about a dozen more of these logos for my friends Poker Club.
BTW, I have been noticing that on the pockets cuts the first cut is also deeper than the remaining ones. I am sure this is connected.
I also checked wheels and the Z axis rod for play. Everything seems normal. Wheels are tight, and no play in the rod from what I can tell.
Any suggestions and help is greatly appreciated!