Ok, it happened again. My carving went "askew". (See earlier post showing previous example.) I cleaned & oiled the machine like tech support suggested, carved "Sixty Years" on the top of the plaque without any problem & then carved "1953 2013" on the bottom of the plaque without any problem.
My next project the carving went cattywampus on me again. Very frustrating because I ran the "Border" which showed it was going to carve where it was suppossed to. But after it got started, it started running crocked & actually off the board at the bottom. I was using a Oliver supplied picture CT-PO36-OC Plant
Determined to figure out the problem, I did the following: 1. I used the same picture but created a new Gee Code - Same result 2. I cleaned & relubed the machine & ran the Gee Code I created in item 1 above. - Same resut 3. I used the same picture but created yet another Gee Code - Same result. 4. I used a new Oliver supplied picture (CT-O058-0A.FloralOrnament) & Inverted light / dark area - No problem. 5. I used a non-Oiver supplied picture (See attached) & Inverted light / dark area (I made 2 carvings of this) - No Problem.
Here is a picture of the carving. Notice how not only does it start running sideways, but the image is distorted sideways as well.
It just occurred to me, I don't believe I have had 1 single carving go correctly. When I "Invert light / dark areas, I don't seem to have any issues, but if you look at my previous posts in this thread, all my challenges seem to come when I don't invert. Interesting though that on the Frame images I carve, I seem to get "lines" and on the other image files, they start to drift sideways.
I have no idea what it all means, or how to go about getting it fixed. Any feedback, suggestions, ideas etc. are greatly appreciated.
After my last post, I realized something else that may be important.
Earlier I posted the picture of this carving where the words started drifing on an angle. I created the black text rather than use Invert light / dark areas to get the look of engraving. The end result was the same problem I have been having with trying to carve my photos. CARVING Photos - All going askew Black Text - Went askew. Frames - Lines appearing in carving. Black Text with Gausian Blur - No problem
Again, Not sure what it all means or what to do about it.....
I have never had that problem I prolly would send the machine back if mine did that all the time. Also I don't think they know what is wrong with the machine because I had a two pass error that I could repeat and they said to clean it. It does not need cleaning! I did something in the early use of my machine that may be making a diff I pushed on all the board connections behind the display because I kept getting error 21 and it would shut off in the middle of the cut.
I was worried about your cut because the sides are not a straight cut, I have not seen that, I would check your x axis slip nut on the lead screw and the shaft connection on the lead screw if it's not slipping I would send the machine back to them.
My machine ran askew 1 time like yours Irestore, never did figure out why it did it and it has not happened again... yet. But I agree with Greg that there is some kind of glitch in the machine, Ipicture or the USB stick which if it's internal in the machine I think that Oliver should be at least looking at replacing the circuit boards, if the gee code is correct then something is not processing that information and translating it to the machine correctly.
Additionally you might try uninstalling Ipicture from your computer and re-install to eliminate that being the problem. Hope Oliver can come thru for you to get you running correctly, phone works better than waiting for some one to read an email and respond and then back and forth.
I don't have the manual in front of me, and am not sure what the "x axis slip nut on the lead screw and the shaft connection on the lead screw" are but trust/hope that this information is in the manual.
Greg, Good idea, I'll re-install iPicture to take that out of the equation. I agree, I will call them. The learning curve on this stuff would be enough to cause frustration, but I expected that. Dealing with this however wasn't what I was expecting.