Forest CNC Run Job

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WARNING!!!

NEVER leave the CNC machine unattended while the spindle is running. Use the emergency stop buttons if you need to stop the machine is causing damage or harm.

After your material is in place and you have set the appropriate home position, you can start a job

Steps

Visual

1. Load Job

  • This step will be to load the actual g-code file created by VCarve Pro
  • Click LOAD (F2)
  • Select a file with a .CNC extension
CNC F2 Load.png
CNC Load Job File.png

2. Confirm Job

  • Click GRAPH (F8) to get a visual representation of what the machine will do
  • Click ZOOM ALL (F9) to zoom out and see the full job if your job is large such as cutting on a 4x8 sheet
CNC F8 Graph.png
CNC F9 Zoom All.png

3. Estimated Job Time

  • In the top left corner of the blue application you will see T=[number]. This is an estimate of how long your job will take.
CNC Load Job Time.png


4. REMINDER - Emergency Stop

  • Before you start your job, remember that you have two options for an Emergency STOP if the machine causes harm to you, your work piece or the machine itself
  • Option 1 - Press RESET on the CNC Controls application on the laptop
  • Option 2 - Press RED BUTTON on the CNC Controller (silver box)
CNC ESTOP Laptop.png
CNC ESTOP Controller.png


5. Run Job

  • Put on hearing protection
  • Start Laguna dust collection
  • Press ESCAPE a few times to confirm you are at the main menu
  • Click RUN (F4)
  • Click CYCLE START and the machine will start making noise
CNC F4 Run.png
CNC Cycle Start.png


6. Job Running

  • Observe job in operation
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WARNING!!!

NEVER leave the CNC machine unattended while the spindle is running. Use the emergency stop buttons if you need to stop the machine is causing damage or harm.


7. (Optional) Pausing a Job

  • Sometimes you just need to pause the CNC so it stops cutting but not cancel the job
  • You can accomplish this by pressing FEED HOLD
  • FEED HOLD will only stop the gantry from moving. The spindle will continue to spin.
  • Press CYCLE START to resume your job
CNC Feed Hold.png


8. (Optional) Stop/Start the Spindle

  • Sometimes you just need to pause the CNC so it stops cutting but not cancel the job
  • You can accomplish this by pressing the Spindle ON (green) and OFF (red) buttons
  • This is often done in conjunction with FEED HOLD to stop the gantry and spindle from turning
  • IMPORTANT! The Spindle needs to be ON before CYCLE START to resume after FEED HOLD
CNC Spindle On Off.png


9. (Optional) Canceling a Job

  • You can cancel a job in progress by pressing CANCEL CYCLE
CNC Cancel Cycle.png

SUCCESS

  • Turn off dust collection
  • Using CNC Controls, click Z+ to move the bit away from your material and then X and Y controls to move the gantry away from your material
  • Use secondary dust collection to remove any remaining dust / chips that the Laguna did not suck up


NEXT STEP

Click here for the next step to shutdown the CNC