Cuts should be done in the order of the layer supplied by the SVG
Export an SVG from Illustrator with objects arranged in the Layer Order you want the cuts done in
Easel would then do them IN ORDER
If something was out of order all one needed to do was simply use the “send to front/back” feature to change the order
Previously this used to work
IE: In December of 2019 the layer ordering of SVG’s worked fine, but now as of Feb 2020 the order of items in an SVG does not work anymore.
Easel now ignores the layer order and decides (seemingly randomly) which items to cut
The order Easel decides on is vastly “inefficient” (at best) and at other times “insane” (from a human perspective)
To reproduce this behavior
Import an SVG with DESC ordered vector objects in it.
Try to change the “order” in which they are cut/engraved
Here are some screen shots to show the problem visually:
-NOTE- that this same piece (above) used to carve “clockwise” in order and was previously 8 min faster
Changing the “layer order” no longer works.
(it certainly used to as i’ve engraved this set of letters many times and the problem with “random carve order” is new to me)
Note- I have tried using “bring to front/back” to no avail.
the only thing that seems to help is to do each letter as its own work-piece… or import each letter one at a time (which still results in strange behavior and is a colossal theft of time and human life)
[FUBAR. not interested to import every letter one at a time - lol]
I’m probably going to go that route one of these days as well, but I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I do like the ease of use in designing in Easel. Its probably why the word “Ease” is a part of “Easel”.
Easel is a 3in1 package (Design - CAD / Toolpath - CAM / Machine - CNC) as it can do all from design to transmit gcode to the GRBL-based Xcarve controller.
When Easel dont allow you to design what you need, there is nothing preventing you from using different software to do CAD&CAM then export using the GRBL/Xcarve Post Processor and transmit via sender of choice, Easel being one of the options.
This one. No need to purchase Easel Pro if you’re doing all your CAD and CAM in another program.
Also, just in case you haven’t considered it… Fusion360 will likely do everything you want as far as engraving goes, you just have to put in the time to learn how to use it. The benefit: it’s free for hobbyists.