V-Carve Toolpath

This icon opens the V-Carving Toolpath form which is used to specify the type of carving required, , cutting parameters and name for the toolpath.

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Cutting Depths

Start Depth (D) specifies the depth at which the V-Carving toolpath is calculated, allowing V-Carving / Engraving to be machined inside a pocket region. When cutting directly into the surface of a job the Start Depth will usually be 0.0. If the V-Carving / engraving is going to be machined into the bottom of a pocket or stepped region, the depth of the pocket / step must be entered. For example, to carve or engrave into the bottom of a 0.5 inch deep pocket, the Start Depth = 0.5 inches

Start Depth (D)

Start Depth (D) specifies the depth at which the V-Carving toolpath is calculated, allowing V-Carving / Engraving to be machined inside a pocket region. When cutting directly into the surface of a job the Start Depth will usually be 0.0. If the V-Carving / engraving is going to be machined into the bottom of a pocket or stepped region, the depth of the pocket / step must be entered. For example, to carve or engrave into the bottom of a 0.5 inch deep pocket, the Start Depth = 0.5 inches

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Flat Depth (F)

Checking ✓ this option limits the depth that the tool(s) will machine to, and is used for Flat Bottomed Carving and Engraving.

When No Flat Depth is specified the toolpath will be calculated to carve or engrave to full depth as shown below. Multiple z level passes will be automatically calculated where the tool needs to cut deeper than its Pass Depth specified in the Tool Database

No Flat Depth

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Flat Depth

Flat Depth Using 2 Tools

Tool

Clicking the button opens the Tool Database from which the required V-Carving or Engraving Tool can be selected. See the section on the Tool Database for more information on this.

Clicking the button opens the Edit Tool form which allows the cutting parameters for the selected tool to be modified, without changing the master information in the database. Note that Ball Nose tools can also be used to V-Carve designs.

Use Clearance Tools

Check ✓ this option if you wish to use End Mill, Ball Nose or Engraving cutters to machine the large open regions of a design. If no tool is selected here but Flat Depth is specified then the selected V-Carving tool will be used to clear the flat areas as well as for the V-Carving. All the tools in this section will leave an allowance for the V-Carving tool. Subject to this, the first tool in the list will remove as much material as it can, whereas subsequent tools will only machine areas the previous tools could not fit. The order of the tools in the list should match the order they will be run on the machine.

Clicking the button opens the Tool Database from which the required clearance tool can be selected and added to the list.

Clicking the button will remove the selected tool from the list.

Clicking the button opens the Edit Tool form which allows the cutting parameters for the selected tool to be modified, without changing the master information in the database.

Clicking the up and down arrow buttons will move the selected tool up and down the list respectively.

Clearance Tool Options

The strategy used to clear the material, either Offset or Raster, can be chosen for the first clearance toolpath. In the case of Raster, a Raster Angle can be entered.

The cutting direction, either Climb or Conventional, can be selected for each clearance tool.

Checking ✓ Ramp Plunge Moves applies ramping to the plunge moves of the first clearance toolpath.

The above options are the same as those found on the Pocketing form.

Checking ✓ Corner Sharpen will raise the selected Engraving tool to fit the smaller tool tip into narrower regions. This option is available for a tool positioned second or later in the list.

Use Vector Start Points

If this option is checked ✓, the start point of the profile and offset toolpath segments will be as close as possible to the start point of the corresponding boundary vector. Otherwise this is left up to the program.

Use Vector Selection Order

If this option is checked ✓, the vectors will be machined in the order you selected them. If the option is not checked the program will optimize the order to reduce machining time.

Tool Position and Projection

This option is only available if a 3D model has been defined. If this option is checked ✓, after the toolpath has been calculated, it will be projected (or 'dropped') down in Z onto the surface of the 3D model. The depth of the original toolpath below the surface of the material will be used as the projected depth below the surface of the model.

Safe Z

The height above the job at which it is safe to move the cutter at rapid / max feed rate. This dimension can be changed by opening the Material Setup form

Home Position

Position from and to that the tool will travel before and after machining. This dimension can be changed by opening the Material Setup form.

Project toolpath onto 3D Model

This option is only available if a 3D model has been defined. If this option is checked, ✓ after the toolpath has been calculated, it will be projected (or 'dropped') down in Z onto the surface of the 3D model. The depth of the original toolpath below the surface of the material will be used as the projected depth below the surface of the model.

Vector Selection

This area of the toolpath page allows you to automatically select vectors to machine using the vector's properties or position. It is also the method by which you can create Toolpath Templates to re-use your toolpath settings on similar projects in the future. For more information, see the sections Vector Selector

Name

The name of the toolpath can be entered or the default name can be used.