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  1. Just wondering if I create a dxf with say 3 layers, is there a way within the planet software to change the cut depths? for example if I am doing some text and the a border outline, I want the text to be .5mm deep but the outline to be 3mm deep so it cuts it out?

    Any help would be great

    Cheers
    Enthusiastic with CNC stuff but a proper novice so be gentle
    My build blog:
    Chinese 3020t Build

  2. #2
    I use Planet software and do similar things, I use 'Estlcam' to generate the code because it is very easy to use and you can set your DOC for each part very easily

  3. thanks for the reply John mate.

    what is DOC?

    and how much is the software?
    Enthusiastic with CNC stuff but a proper novice so be gentle
    My build blog:
    Chinese 3020t Build

  4. #4
    I am also Planet CNC and Estlcam. The Estlcam software is only about 50 and the originator Christian is very helpful. There are several Tube tutorial video`s.
    The DOC "depth of cut" is set in the Estlcam programme. The tool table sets your speeds and stepovers etc. for each of your tools and each layer can be separately programmed. It conveniently includes a post processor for Planet CNC as well. Very much recommend the software, most intuitive and easy to get started. Do not need to do 3 days of revision before you use it, like some of the high end software.

  5. thats sounds very interesting, so I would not need to use my planet software at all? would the new software be able to work with my planet cnc controller box?
    Enthusiastic with CNC stuff but a proper novice so be gentle
    My build blog:
    Chinese 3020t Build

  6. #6
    Estlcam is a program which will produce a gcode file from your DXF file.

    The planet software is used to drive your controller using the gcode file.

    The planet software includes odd bits of importing etc but not so versatile and easy to use.

  7. thanks very much for your simple reply, I understand that mate cheers. What are your thoughts on fusion 360?
    Enthusiastic with CNC stuff but a proper novice so be gentle
    My build blog:
    Chinese 3020t Build

  8. #8
    I do not do enough to learn a new program like fusion 360. Autocad and Estlcam do all I want.

    I did have a quick look at Fusion360, no doubt a very good program if you have the need or inclination of which I have neither.

  9. cheers john.

    Will download estlcam and report back mate :-)
    Enthusiastic with CNC stuff but a proper novice so be gentle
    My build blog:
    Chinese 3020t Build

  10. #10
    If you go to his web page he has some very good video's

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