Hi Paul,Originally Posted by titchener
First off are you working from a downloaded version of the tutorials from the SheetCam website or are you starting the tutorials from the 'Help/Tutorials' menu item within the SheetCam program? If the latter is the case then the required drawing and job files should load and you should be able to follow along quite easily.
The layer names 'default' to the layer names in the original DXF file but new layers can be added within SheetCam (if required) and all layers can be renamed within SheetCam (again if required).Defining a Contour makes sense to me, although the Layer selection is a little confusing. Sometimes when I've tried the tutorial no layers were available to select, but sometimes TEXT was available. I don't get that and where the Label names are supposed to come from and how they are supposed to be used.
Have you been pressing any of the 'View' buttons (the buttons in the top left corner of the screen below the menu items) prior to starting the tutorials? You could have turned 'off' the 'Show input paths' button inadvertently which will stop you seeing the word 'CAM'. If you 'hover' the mouse over the buttons a 'pop up' text box will show each button's function. The buttons are 'active' when they appear as if they are 'depressed'.The next step "Generate the Tool Paths" I really don't get. The Help file at that point says you will be generating the tool paths, but I don't understand how you are supposed to do that at this point. The Help file shows the letters CAM having appeared in the display, where were those supposed to come from?
To generate the tool path you need to press the 'P' button (for post process) after you have set up your tools and processes.
There are several ways to edit them but it depends on just what you are trying to do.And once they are there, how do you edit them?
I think that if you make sure the 'View' buttons are turned on initially and you start the tutorials from the 'Help/Tutorials' menu item things should be a whole lot easier to follow.Same deal for creating pockets, I don't get how you actually create them.
What am I missing here?
If you still have problems shout up and don't forget there is a very active and helpful support group on Yahoo Groups (details on how to join are on the SheetCam website).