Last edited: Furst (09/08/20)
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Carbide 3D makes a rudimentary design software called Carbide Create which can be used to create basic designs; however, Solidworks offers a much more robust features set do create complex and easily modifiable 3D models. This SOP assumes a base knowledge of Solidworks and assumes the user has taken ME-12S or has comparable machining knowledge.
Once the design is complete Carbide Create can be used to create the toolpaths, however this SOP will use HSM Works due to its integration with Solidworks and more complex feature set. HSM Works is installed on any Innovations Workshop computer running Solidworks 2020 including the Ultimaker and Carbide 3D computers. many toolpaths will likely be necessary to create the CAM nessesary to machine the part. To generate the toolpaths:
The Carbide router uses fun sized ER11 collets to hold tools from 1 mm to 7 mm but typically uses tools with a 1/8 inch shank.
Homing and Zeroing the machine:
Many tools are optimized for different materials, and although a 2 flute endmill can do most operations, it is not always ideal. Single and duel high helix endmills are available for plastics, woods, and composits, with carbide endmills and burs available for abrasive materials such as glass fiber reinforced materials such as circuit boards. Feeds and speeds can be found here
G-Code files will be posted with the file extension .nc whereas Carbide Create will post files with the file extension .egc. G-code files can be opened directly into a text editor if necessary to preview or edit the desired code. .egc is a propriety package for G-Code used by Carbide for some god forsaken reason, in order to preview the G-code directly it is first necessary to upload the file to Carbide motion before copying and pasting the code into a preferred text editor.
Tool Lead: Andrew Furst