Well, first of all - my deep thanks go to @tomthm for a really useful and fantastic Laser Lab today. I don’t feel like a total doofus and actually managed to cut my first test project ever, and followed it up by cutting one of my own designs after the class.
Here’s where I think my experience was off - and I’m not sure that there’s anything to be “done” as I don’t know that anything is “wrong”.
As mentioned upthread, I am a heathen Mac user, so I am limited to using the jump server for my RDWorks - I’m not sure if it’s because there’s no actual laser connected, but the preview function just does not work on the jump server. I recreated the test pieces we did in class exactly, and there was no way to get it to work. But when I loaded my own personal file on to a laser-connected version, it was fine. So, I was ultimately being unnecessarily gun shy.
Something I additionally noticed - when I loaded my file, all of my values as far as power and speed was changed. I was cutting 3mm birch ply, which I had set for 65/65/25, but when I loaded it on to the laser computer, it was changed to something like 30/30/5000 (no joke - if I wasn’t sure it would break the machine, I’d test it to see what the 5000 value would look like).
So, I fixed all my settings and fired up the laser - it works (yay!) - and I save my file so that it’s reusable in the future. Now I’m sitting back in the common room so I can reopen the file and do some cosmetic tweaks based off of my first session… but I can’t open the file anymore. If I do, it gives me a “file format error! please check file version.” error message.
What’s all this mean? Probably that I need to learn more (definitely), that there’s a limit to a Macbook’s awesomeness (questionable), and that the jump server and the laser computers are probably running different versions of the software.
Thoughts? Ideas? Am I on the right track? Do I need to stay away for my safety and the safety of others? Is Lamont Cranston REALLY the Shadow?