Hello, I anticipate spending a decent amount of time on here in the coming months, years, who knows. I got in to metal a few years ago, love it, want to have it be my retirement gig someday.
Got into vector design thanks to Inkscape, and made the switch to affinity designer shortly after. Bought a Cricut Maker and started making stickers and stencils.
Heard about Langmuir and the crossfire while researching tables, but didn’t think it was right for my needs. Kind of settled on not having a table for at least 10 or more years.
Found a local laser cutter that has cut a few designs for me, and while researching CAD/CAM programs to be able to send him files that were ready to go, I saw the Crossfire Pro. Ordered immediately. (Batch 2)
I’m planning on running the pro with a Hypertherm Powermax45xp. I’m debating how the workflow will go right now, trying to determine if I want to go with SheetCam or stick to fusion. I use Macs, so I’d like to keep it all on Mac OS. I have a windows license and can boot into windows, but I’d rather not.
Fusion doesn’t seem all that bad, although I will need to get a little more graphics processing power to work smoothly. I’ve been tinkering with it and making tool paths, but still have a lot of questions about settings and where to get the specs for them (probably a little ahead of myself). I’m hoping as people start using FireControl, the best workflow will present itself. But I don’t even know if that matters (if sheet cam to mach3 vs sheet cam to FireControl will be any different?)
Anyway, hopefully I can help those who may have issues with vector design since I was able to make sense of how best to convert by designs fairly quickly. It seemed crazy, but as soon as I looked at my design in affinity in one window, and as a dxf in fusion in another, it all clicked.