This guide aims to demystify the process of working on curved surfaces with xTool S1, introducing a suite of steps and strategies that are both user-friendly and geared towards enhancing precision.
For a comprehensive understanding and practical visual aid, refer to the video tutorial below or see it here.
The S1 operates through a contact-style distance measurement, making it susceptible to object displacement during the probe’s engagement. Consequently, you might face issues such as incorrect area modeling and imprecise processing locales post-displacement. Anchor the object staunchly using blue tack or clamps to obviate any shift.
The xTouch uses physical contact to measure objects and is magnetically attached to prevent any interference with the laser head. However, this can cause it to become dislodged or misaligned during contact with the object being measured. In such cases, the XCS software will prompt the user to reinstall the xTouch and try again.
It's important to note that the xTouch has limitations when it comes to measuring curvature and may fail at angles greater than 15 degrees.
When measuring or modeling a curved surface, the number of points chosen for measurement is critical. More points will yield a more precise model but will slow down the modeling speed. It is advised to choose the number of points based on the complexity and the area of the surface. In simple terms, a larger and more complex surface requires more points for a more precise model.
The overall speed of curved surface processing is slower compared to flat surface processing. During flat surface processing, the laser head only moves along the X and Y axes, whereas, for curved surfaces, frequent adjustments and movements along the Z-axis (vertical direction) are necessary. This increased complexity in movements restricts the processing speed.