After sending out our first batch of machines, we realized the most helpful tool to get our new users up and running with our machine would be a start to finish tutorial to mill a first part including how to generate the toolpaths in Fusion 360.
We chose a wooden impeller as the first part. While the impeller is the typical part used to show off continuous 5 axis machining, like almost all parts it is possible to do with indexed toolpaths instead. We will do it using multiple orientations of the A and B axes. Even though a metal impeller would be a lot cooler for a first part, we want to stress to our users to start out with a softer material while you are still getting to know your Pocket NC.
From now on, we will be shipping our machines with the material to cut the impeller. For those of you in the first batch who already have your machines, we will send out the material to you soon.
We will break the process up into 3 parts. The first part(shown below) details how to get the geometry all set up in Fusion 360. You will need to download the file for the table and vise geometry as well as the file for the impeller geometry. Part 2 will show how to create your toolpaths in Fusion 360 and Part 3 will show how to cut the part on the machine. Stay tuned!