- Training, training, training. The potential of a machine is severely limited if you don’t utilize its capabilities, including understanding how to create files and output them to the machine.
- Always use a sharp tool.
- Use different tools for different applications. Tools are made specifically for materials based on how hard the material is to cut. There are also different tool shapes for varied applications.
- Try changing the spindle rpm and the XY feed rates to balance a quality cut with completing a job quickly.
- Allow the tool to dwell (or pause) after it plunges down into the material. This gives the tool a chance to clear the chips before continuing its cut. Even half a second is enough to help the tool last longer and perform better.
—Chuck Donaldson, Antares Inc.