When using EstlCAM, I almost exclusively use the Peel strategy for pocket cuts. It makes nice clean cuts with a good stepover for efficiency, and as a bonus it’s fun to watch. I rarely have any problems with chatter or stress (going by ear only).
If I use the same tool settings that I use for peel/pocketing for simple part cutout, I frequently get a lot of extra noise and vibration to the point where I’ve had to shut it down mid cut before in the interest of caution.
Is this a common issue? Do you guys typically have a different tool setting for pocketing vs cutout (my current solution)? Is this an indication of something not being quite right with my build?
1/8" single flute upcut bit
Pocket cuts: 24ipm (10mm/s) feedrate, 4mm depth per pass
Part cuts: 19 ipm (8mm/s) feedrate, 2 mm depth per pass
I noticed that I have chatter when doing conventional milling, I can see it very well for linear clearing pockets. From X- to X+ there is chatter, when going in the other direction, there is not. Hardwood, 3mm DOC, 1000mm/min, 20000 RPM.
Same thing happens with my planing endmill. It would be nice if you could tell Estlcam to only clear in one direction.
Funnily enough the Sororec App gives me lower values.
During a part cutout, it happens to some extent on each pass. I’ve not noticed it being any worse on a second or third pass. Sometimes I get brave and let it go, but sometimes it makes me nervous and I stop it. It depends on how deep the material is and if I want to take a chance on another pass.
I got double-bit-width chatter because the core was super loose when milling plywood. Works great in foam because there is no load, but it makes lots of foam fuzzies when carving with a 60 degree bit. If I tighten the core, then it fries my stepper because it binds… must be time to rebuild.
I think the binding comes from the foam milling without dust collection building up on the conduit and bearing surfaces and stretching the PLA to crack or binding and then once cracked, they are loose and retightening them makes them bind more. Which leads to building new printers to print more parts so it won’t bind, but that rabbit hole has yet to lead to new parts…
You create multiple pockets that are smaller, then stack them together and glue. You get two advantages 1/ Your pockets are shallower so your bit can be shorter 2/ you can do undercuts like in the example image. You wouldn’t be able to mill that with our machines in one piece (not a challenge)