In this tutorial, I will show you all about RDworks’ interface and Worktable configuration.
This software interface is very simple and you may be familiar with it in a short time but I want to show you all the ways you can use to modify it or make it usable and understandable for you.
Almost every RDworks tool is available on-screen by default. But you can hide them or change positions.
Let’s check out what you can find here.
At the top, you can see the main menu where you can find all the features of this RDworks, including the tools and settings you see on the screen.
At the bottom of the main menu, you will see the toolbar where you can find the most frequently used tools such as Open, Save, Import, and so on.
Below this toolbar, you can see the properties toolbar where you see some active tools and some inactive tools.
When you select a tool or object to edit, inactive tools will be available. For example, as you can see the dimension field is not active and they will be available when I select any drawn object.
By the way, all tools are grouped according to their purpose, and you can change these group positions from the right side and put them wherever you want. OR you can float them.
On the left you will see the toolbar with all the drawing and manipulation tools. This panel is also movable.
If you want to hide some of the toolbars or if you accidentally turn some off, you can restore them from the top menu VIEW drop-down menu.
With the right side panel, you will be able to control all the processes connected to the laser machine. You can control the laser machine from this panel. Control parameters of sent files and many other features. We’ll go deeper into this panel later.
You can see the color panel below. These colors are simply not inherent in making objects colorful. Colors also play the role of layers in RDworks. When we start working with a laser machine, you will see how it works.
It is the rectangular workspace with a grid in the middle of the software. This field can be different and you can change its size and some of its parameters. By default, these workspace dimensions are 1200mm to 800mm. Of course, you will need to modify it according to the size of your laser machine.
You can change the dimensions of the space in the window that opens. These dimensions should be equal to the work table of your laser machine.
If your laser machine hears up and down movement, you can tick Compensate for moving head and enter the parameter in the field.
Here you can also control the grid appearance and colors of the workspace items.
In the Keyboard section you can set parameters that allow you to move and rotate an object with the arrows on the keyboard.
For example, I will select any object and press the left arrow key on the keyboard. My object will move 10mm, as in the Set Distance field I entered 10mm.
As you can see, there is now something difficult to understand.
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