I make a lot of quotations based on cutting time, and often I’m not around the GF when asked for one. It would be awesome to have the option to quickly fabricate a draft of a project on the spot and directly be able to give a price estimation for it.
It is a little silly to turn on the laser to only get a time estimate on a project, but I’ve definitely done it more than a couple of times! After running lots of projects and tracking their times, in a google form/sheet, I can guestimate better than before or look up a similar project to base my estimate on. Definitely would be a nice detail to have
Isn’t the run time dependent on the location of the material on the bed? I.e. if you have a fast cut set up and the material is at the edge of the bed, it will take longer than if it is located in the middle due to the head needing to slow down .
Not to my knowledge. The settings are the settings. If you’re cutting then none of this matters, margins change when engraving only, and again either you can run it at your settings or you can’t due to margin restrictions.
It should be the same amount of time to run except for the very very small difference in how long it takes to get the laser to and from home.
That’s what I mean. Let’s say I set up a piece to be engraved at high speed. If the gf is off, where does the system assume the piece is located? What if it assumes I’m engraving in the middle, but in reality I’m In the margin where that speed isn’t an option? In that case it would underestimate the cutting time.
I guess it could calculate based on where you place it in the app, and assume that is where it will be when you actually put it in the machine.
Another option for offline estimating is figure out how quickly the laser is cutting for a given speed. For example I would figure out that at a particular speed it is cutting at 50 in/min. Then in AI, it will tell me the total length of paths I have for a particular design, say 250 in. So I can estimate that it will take about 5 min to cut.
Totally behind this request! I can’t tell you how many times I have wanted to know how long a job would take without having to go down and turn the machine on just to find out. Even a close guesstimate would be nice.
I do this every day, multiple times! I agree with Dave, with us probably are many more which upload a file multiple times before the actual print (in my case also regularly due to errors I find after the last check in the GUI). I don’t think the extra $$ would be breaking the bank for them.