How to Setup Tabs in MakerCAM

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Introduction: How to Setup Tabs in MakerCAM

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One of the first things you’ll learn as a budding machinist is how important it is to keep control of your workpiece at all times. If you’re cutting a project out of a larger piece of stock, it can be useful to employ tabs. They work just like perforations in paper, allowing you to easily remove your workpiece on your own time. The best part is that even the most basic CAM solutions enable you to make use of tabs.

In this week’s video, I’ll show you how you can setup tabs on your own project in MakerCAM. Let me know if this helps, or if you have any other CNC-related questions. Cheers!

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    thanks for letting me know :) knew there was a reason why lol you don't know unless you ask do you

    here's a question for you been thinking about constructing a cnc unit for a little while and wondered why none of the designs incorporated a dremel flexible hose attachment to cut down on torque on the main structure is it purely because of fixing it into place??? or is that just a stupid question lol? I must admit from all the designs yours looks the coolest though others look just as good regards steampunker in the making

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    With a high quality flex shaft, there shouldn't be a problem. From what I've heard, if you don't do your research when shopping you can easily find that there's a lot of runout and your cuts become less precise. You need to find something with really high quality bearings to keep the cutter dead straight.

    Less commonly, people say that flex shafts aren't as good for continuous use, because there's no forced convection. The end can heat up a lot over the course of a couple hours.