Walkthrough Tutorial: Enabling Beta Features in Easel

Want to try something new in Easel? You can enable some of our beta features directly in Easel and start using these advanced options in Easel today!

First, log in to Easel. Go to Machine > Advanced.

Once in the Advanced menu, you'll see the option to enable beta features at the bottom of the pop-up. You can enable "beta toolpath architecture" or "two-stage cuts."

Beta toolpath architecture enhances how toolpaths are generated for your project. Some of the improvements include better tab toolpaths, better retractions of the z-axis, and better two-stage carve finishing passes.

Two-stage carves allow you to use two different sized bits for your project. This is incredibly helpful if you want to remove a large amount of material with a larger bit (called the roughing pass) and then use a smaller bit for fine, intricate parts of the design (called the detail pass). If you want to use this feature, we suggest checking out this walkthrough tutorial so you know what to expect. 

If you want to learn more about either of these features, you can hover your mouse over the ? to the right of the text. 

Once you have selected the option(s) you'd like to enable, close the window by clicking the X in the upper right corner of the pop-up window. 

You should now see these things in the upper right corner of Easel: 

The text near the Carve button lets you know that beta toolpath generation is enabled, and the + sign next to your bit selection menu is how you will add a detail bit to your project. 

Please remember that these are beta features, and they may not always behave correctly. We are still testing these features before releasing them to the public, so by using these beta features, you are helping us father information about what goes wrong in certain project and how we can make improvements before making these settings available to everyone. As a precaution, we suggest always clicking the "Simulate" button in the upper right corner so you know what to expect from your machine when it starts carving.  

We will continue adding new features and developments to Easel, and you can enable them from this same menu. Make sure you check in every few weeks to see what fun enhancements we add! 

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