Correct. The Axiom firmware only runs in metric. You only care about this when you are programming the handheld controller. If you want 1 inch, then you enter 25.4.
That said, all the drawing in Vcarve software can be done in either metric or Imperial. You can even convert between the two in the data entry boxes. Using the correct post processor does all the conversion to metric Gcode. You don't even have to look at it.
The Vectric software has excellent tutorials, some of the best I've ever seen. WATCH THEM IN SEQUENCE. Do not cherry pick. Work through the examples. You'll be up and running in no time.
Join the Vectric Forums. Read the posts, they are en education unto themselves.
The machine cuts in metric and will convert your inch project to mm. Everytime I cut a job, say 6"x6" and cut it out, it's the correct size. If you want to create your project in mm using Vcarve you can also do it that way, but I don't know anyone who uses anything but inches.
...... .I don't know anyone who uses anything but inches.
Recently saw this mentioned on the Vectric forum and looked it up....
"Of all the countries in the world, only three still use the archaic Imperial system of weights and measures:
Liberia. Myanmar (a.k.a. “the country formerly known as Burma”) United States of America."
I got a kick out of that. Even though I spent a career pulling an Imperial tape, I switched to Metric when I bought my CNC. For me, it seemed a reasonable decision since our machines move in .1mm increments. I sure would hate to pull 406.4mm centers on a jobsite though
I laminated this and always have it next to my computer....
There is no hope for a U.S. conversion to the metric system on a wholesale basis. They tried that in the 1970's After all, this is a country where the "football field" is a legitimate unit of measurement ..."That aircraft carrier is over three football fields long!" We were somewhat averse to adapting to anything that had been embraced by the British...what with them being barely beyond their incomprehensible monetary system involving shillings,bobs & half-pennies and all that. Even now...the Brits could measure speed in "furlongs per fortnight"
I was in that group of children, when they tried to change over to metric, but it was in the mid 60's for me. Today, I'm somewhat fluent in the metric system, though I still use the imperial system, as I was a carpentry contractor for 40 years and that is all we used. I have a chart, similar to above, for using my Festool domino's, which are metric.