The instructions go from great to zero. Here’s my comments based on just finishing the setup and not having done a test carve yet.
The instructions start getting seriously lacking by the time you’re installing the chains and limit switches.
I seem to have an issue where the V-wheels get tight the closer I get to the top of the z axis, the first many times, the acme rod would get loose from the motor, I couldn’t figure it out. I adjusted the top vwheels to make it as wide as possible and the problem persists, I guess I will look to see if the screw is perpendicular?
None of the parts for the controller are pieced out with numbers. The instructions show an old controller.
How do I install the collet and get it back out? How do I assemble and use the clamps?
The software is so frustrating. So much time was spent on presentation, but it’s just super frustrating when you try and use it:
REMEMBER SETTINGS. I have maybe had to enter that i have an xcarve with 1 meter gantry and acme screw like 16 times and this is day one. An entire page dedicated to “save spindle preference” that DOESNT save the preference… Make all these one single page that includes XYZ jogging and a stop button. Allow the user to save prefs and load them from a file.
GIVE A BACK BUTTON. The process is broken into many full page steps, but the implementation of the website means tat when the user presses ‘back’ on their browser, they’re dumped to the easel page and all setup is lost ::facepalm::
ONE PAGE: Keep it simple. Breaking the process into many pages means that you have many more contexts to deal with. As you don’t really tell someone where to place the screw that hits the switches, chances are they are going to need to press “STOP” and then move the screw. When pressing STOP you land on a page that allows you to either reverse the motor, or say a switch is faulty. Again, going back is not possible due to website design, so the user must move a screw a few MM and START OVER COMPLETELY.
DIRECTION OF GANTRY MOVEMENT. Remember the great animated gifs in the early instructions? By the end there’s nothing, not even a diagram with an arrow. Not even a note telling the user that the Y+ and X+ are in the lower left of the wasteboard. Upon first hookup, wiring to the EXACT DIAGRAM, the thing moves inverted. Many would think that this is how the machine works, they go on to home and it slams the router into the wasteboard and rolls the vwheels right off the z. Come on guys. First off, how, when following your wiring instructions, are axis not moving properly? Second, at least show an image with an arrow telling people what normal movement is.
PROBE. You set it up and it asks you to touch the thing to the spindle. Great. The z didn’t move, so how does it know what the correct depth is? How does the probe work… software tells you nothing.
FIRST CARVE. after you set things up, how do you get back to the first carve page? How do you attach a bit? How do you use the supplied collet? How do you get it out of the dewalt when it is in? How do you use clamps? How do you assemble the clamps? What do the colors mean on the clamps? What do the colors mean on the bits? What bit should be used for the first carve? Where do you place the board?
So many questions… it’s a real shame, it’s like the person writing the docs just got bored 3/4 of the way in.