Hi everyone. I’m new to the CNC World having just had a 3018 pro for Xmas. I’m having real issues with Easel Pro. I’m only on the month trial at the moment before I purchase it but so far it’s had me pulling my hair out.
I’ve read every single post on the forum from users experiencing the same problem as me and tried all the fixes but still no joy so thought I’d see if anyone has had this problem more recently than the last post.
I have not been able to complete a single project on Easel Pro yet, which is a shame as it’s such a user friendly program. My machine gets to different stages of the job and then it just pauses where it is with the spindle spinning. I have to manually stop it and it will return to the start position and brings up the Easel ‘How was your job’ screen. I must have tried over 30 tests on it and none of them have completed.
So far I have done the following:
Tried every USB port (5 on my laptop)
Made sure that the USB’s were set to not turn off to save power
Tried running it through a USB 3 switch
Tried 3 different cables (one gold plated USB3)
Re-routed all the CNC cables to make sure I wasn’t getting any interference
Moved the power packs for the machine and laptop away from the router
Calibrated the CNC
Measured and corrected the exact grbl settings for the x,y & z axis
Measured all the bits and made sure the correct one is set (1/4” & 1/8”)
Tried slowing down the feed rates, reducing the depth of cut etc
I’m out of ideas! I really like the user interface of Easel but I’m not sure what else to do. If I export from easel, and import that file in to carbon create, I can then export the the G Code from there and load that in to my grbl controller and it works ok. I’m certain it’s a software issue, as I have used the machine with light burn for hours on end messing with the laser and never had a problem with it, so if it was a usb drop out or interference issue with the stepper motors I’d expect it to have the same problem but it doesn’t. The only thing I can think it could be (but the forums say different) is unstable internet as the machine is in my garage and I don’t need it for Lightburn. But from what I’ve read, once it’s been designed and sent to the machine for carving it doesn’t need an internet connection, is this correct?
Bit of a long post for a first one but I’m scratching my head now so thought I’d ask for some guidance or thoughts.