Getting Started: Your first MakerCAM project!

Step #1: Open makerCAM.com. Zoom out until you can see the origin.

Step #2: Select Insert -> Rounded Rectangle. When the dialog box comes up, input 3.5 for both the length and width. leave the radius as 0.2. Click OK. You now have a rounded rectangle! Move the rounded rectangle so the bottom left corner is on the origin (0,0).

Step #3: Select Insert -> Rounded Rectangle. When the dialog box comes up, input 3.125 for both the length and width. leave the radius as 0.2. Click OK. You now have another rounded rectangle! Move the rounded rectangle so the bottom left corner is slightly inside of the bigger rectangle. Like this ->.

Step #4: Select the pencil tool from the toolbar in the top left corner of the screen. Use it to draw the first letter of your last name. Draw it in block style. It might take a few tries. If you mess up, switch to the pointer tool, select your line and press ‘delete’ on your keyboard. Once you have a rough shape of your letter, take a step back and have a look. A little rough isn’t it? That’s OK, it’s a start!

Step #5: Take the pointer tool with the circle on the end, and start working your letter into shape. Zoom in, and hover over one of the corners. See the red dot? Now you can click and drag that red dot until your line is straight (or in the shape you want it). If you put that red dot onto another one, it will join the two lines together. Now we’re getting somewhere! Once you’re happy with the letter, go ahead and center it inside the rectangles.

Step #6: Select your letter with the pointer tool. Once it’s selected, the border will turn orange. Now, take a deep breath, we’re going to make our first toolpath! Click CAM -> Pocket. Fill in the following values then click OK. Your letter should look like it’s filled in with a hatch pattern.