This may be related to: Please fix the tool path efficiency. 3D carving is taking a long time. If I charge for the time it takes, at $30 per hour, it appears to me that the end product winds up being too expensive to sell.
This carving will take a little under 9 hours. The cut settings are:
I don’t think these are too conservative.
9 hours of cutting time at $30 per hour would equal $270 for cutting time, plus the cost of wood (Teak), about $25, plus labor for sanding and finishing, and the serving board would be approximately 14.5 " X 11" X 1". I don’t think I could sell the finished product for $350.
But if you see it selling for $350 or more, let me know.
Like the previous posting, it appears that the tool path is making lots of divots then goes back over the same area, at the same cut level, and the cut path seems to often go to cuts not close by, thus spending an inordinate amount of time not actually cutting.
I know this is your first release of 3D and I’m glad to see you introduce it.
In my experience and opinion, 3D is not profitable and therefore unusable for commercial purposes.
For what it is worth, I love the X-Carve and Easel. It is very good system. I use it daily.
Two D and 2.5 D could use some rework in the efficiency department as well, but is commercially viable in many instances. However, even 2 D & 2.5 D have limitations because of the inefficient tool paths.
A more efficient tool path, in both instances would make the machine and software much more viable as a commercial tool.
Also, if you make money doing 3D with Easel Pro, please let me know what your formula is for pricing so you can make a profit?
I could make this using 2D instead of 3D and drop the carve time. But it seems that all 3D projects have similar results.