You can now get an estimate of the carving time inside Easel while you are designing! I wanted to show off how it works and hopefully get some feedback.
The “Show Toolpaths” button is replaced by a “Simulate” button that, when clicked, will calculate and show the estimated time and toolpath visualization.
CAM programs are notoriously bad at giving machining time estimates. It is a tricky problem because of all the different possible machine setups. But we really wanted to give you a tool that you could use to get a rough idea of how much time a design would take and to see how changing the bit size or material thickness impacts the carving time.
We've been experimenting with a couple of different methods for estimating time and comparing these estimates with the actual amount of time your carve takes. Here is some data from the last few days:
You can see that we almost always are underestimating (something to keep in mind when using it) but for 95% of people the estimate is correct to within a few minutes.
There are a couple of improvements I know we can make to this estimate to tighten up this range, but I think this is a very good start.
Big ups to @EricDobroveanu, @Ruwan and @rodovich who worked on this feature with me.
We're very interested in hearing what you think!