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Newbie help - No lead in's using Sheetcam

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Newbie help - No lead in's using Sheetcam

Postby Sonic340 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:30 pm

Hi everyone. I just got a cnc last week, running a Hypertherm XP45, have tried quite a few different cuts and various files that I've downloaded just to experiment and tweak. For example, the notorious F bomb dxf file that I've tried cutting many times. I put it into sheetcam and can see the cut paths and start points and then I open up Mach3. When I do the cut, the plasma pierces right on the cut line for each cut and then I don't end up with a nice clean cut, but rather a notched out spot where the pierce was. Isn't it supposed to start inside and lead into the line and then all the way around so you end up with a clean cut? Do lead in lines show up in sheetcam when you run a simulation?
I have the box checked in the tool setup for lead in and have played around with multiple things trying to get this figured out.
Between trying to learn Inkscape, Sheetcam, Mach3 and trying to get my setup going I'm a bit overwhelmed. Ive made a ton of progress but there's so much to learn. Some of this is so frustrating and I knew nothing about any of this until a week ago!
Thanks for any help and sorry if this sounds like a ridiculous question!

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Re: newbie help, no lead ins

Postby jason.jason.p » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:40 pm

what cnc are you running?

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Re: newbie help, no lead ins

Postby Sonic340 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:53 pm

Its from a Precision Plasma in Minnesota. Here's their info. I have a 4'x4' table.
http://precisionplasmallc.com

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Re: newbie help, no lead ins

Postby acourtjester » Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:03 pm

Welcome aboard
Here is what you should be looking at for lead-ins to be checked in SheetCam
You must use an offset along with the checking of both lead in and lead out shown in the image attached.
outside offset is for a part cutting along its outside, and inside for parts with the inside will drop out
no offset will cut on the line in the drawing used for the cutting operations. :)
lead ins.jpg

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Re: newbie help, no lead ins

Postby Sonic340 » Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:31 pm

Yaaaay!! That was the problem! I had lead in and out selected but the length was 0 so no wonder! For stupid....anyway, thank you very much for the help and Happy New Year!

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Re: newbie help, no lead ins

Postby little blue choo » Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:27 pm

Sonic340 wrote:Yaaaay!! That was the problem! I had lead in and out selected but the length was 0 so no wonder! For stupid....anyway, thank you very much for the help and Happy New Year!

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