Getting Started

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First Setup

This tutorial will show you how to set up SmartBench for the first time.

2

File transfer via SmartTransfer

Learn how to transfer job files easily with SmartTransfer.

3

Yeti Tool SC0 & SC1: Tool loading

Loading a tool in the wrong way is unsafe and can damage your equipment. Learn how to load a tool correctly here.

4

PrecisionPro: Laser datum

Learn how to set up the laser crosshair, and then use it to set the working datum.

First Project

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First Project: Drawing and routing a sign with SB & VCarve

This tutorial will show you how to complete your first project with SmartBench, step-by-step. Includes optional download of ready-to-go Vectric files.

Masterclasses

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Basic safety

SmartBench is CE certified, but as with any CNC machine, there are still some fundamental operational safety precautions that users need to take.

2

Homing and squaring

SmartBench needs to be homed and squared before it can do anything else, so you need to know what these procedures are and how to carry them out.

3

Using datums

This masterclass will tell you everything you need to know about datums, which you will use to position jobs.

4

File transfer via USB drive

No WiFi? No worries! You can transfer jobs to SmartBench using a USB stick.

5

Workholding basics

While SmartBench is cutting, that stock material has to not move! And you need to choose an appropriate spoilboard. Learn more in this masterclass.

6

Extraction

Proper extraction is important to make sure your job runs smoothly and safely. Learn more about choosing and setting up your extraction system here.

7

Spindle collets

Collets: the understated partner of the cutter. It’s just important to choose and correctly fit the right collet as it is to select the right tool.

8

Cutters

Click here to learn more about cutting edge technology.

9

Feeds & speeds

Feeds and speeds are some of the most important factors to consider when implementing any CNC strategy. It’s important to understand them both for safety and job quality.

10

Mid-job operations

Learn about all the events that might happen during a job, from real time speed and feed adjustment to tool changes and emergency stops.

11

Status, alarms and error messages

Understand what SmartBench’s LEDs are trying to tell you, and what to do if you see an error screen.

12

Powering off SmartBench

You need to shut down SmartBench before turning it off. Learn more here.

Projects

1

Sculpting a lizard

See SmartBench’s sculpting capabilities with this demo.

2

Bespoke Monitor Stand

In this video, our novice SmartBench operator makes a bespoke monitor stand using SmartBench.

3

Fretwork panel

Watch us make a project on our POC1 SmartBench! This video is a great example of how SmartBench can handle delicate large format projects.

CAD/CAM

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Getting started with CAD/CAM

Start here to get an understanding of the CAD/CAM workflow, and what you can use with SmartBench.

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VCarve Pro first project: drawing a sign

Learn how to generate the job files for your first project using VCarve Pro.

3

VCarve Pro: sculpting demo

In this video we’ll show you how you can sculpt a lizard with VCarve Pro and SmartBench.

4

Vectric V10 Tutorials

These tutorials will help you get started with Vectric V10 if you haven’t used it before, showing you how to make a sign or a 3D assembly that can be sculpted with SmartBench.

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Fusion 360 for beginners

Want to get started with Autodesk Fusion 360? This is your perfect start...

Maintenance

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How To Change Your Yeti Tool SC1 Spindle Brushes

Spindle brush maintenance is critical to keep SmartBench’s spindle running smoothly. Learn more about changing your spindle brushes here.

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How to Change Your Yeti AMB Spindle Brushes

Spindle brush maintenance is critical to keep SmartBench’s spindle running smoothly. Learn more about changing your spindle brushes here.

3

How to calibrate the XY axes

It’s important to calibrate SmartBench every now and then to keep it as accurate as possible. We’ve made this easy to do with the Calibration app.

4

Introduction to servicing XY axis wheels and pinions

Over time, wheels on the X & Y axes will begin to wear. Use our maintenance kit and how-to manual to service them.

5

Y Axis Wheel Setting

Learn how to service and set the Y axis wheels on your SmartBench.

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X axis wheel setting procedure

Learn how to service and set the X axis wheels on your SmartBench.

Troubleshooting

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Understanding alarms

Seen an alarm screen? Click here to find out what to do.

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Understanding errors

Seen an error screen? Click here to find out what to do.

3

Hardware troubleshooting

Issues with hardware? Click here to learn more.

4

XY Accuracy & Squareness troubleshooting

Problems with accuracy or squareness? We can help you fix that.

5

Software updates

Problems updating your software? Click here to find out how to fix it.

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