Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

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Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby saundby » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:09 am

I got a set of nice radiused end mills recently, but when I use them with Cut3D the preview of the finish looks like a mess. Are there any tips to correcting this?

Here's the tool for the attached preview from the database:
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Here's the messy-looking preview when using that tool with a 4.7% stepover (I've tried various stepovers with the same results):
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When I use an 0.625 rounded end bit, it looks like this:
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Have I set something up wrong?
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby FixitMike » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:51 am

Try increasing the simulation quality under Toolpaths - Preview Simulation Quality
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby highpockets » Sat Jan 06, 2018 7:28 am

You have the step over too high drop it down to 10% or less.
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby saundby » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:11 am

Thanks for the responses, however:

FixitMike: I don't see any such setting. I've dug around a lot, but I don't see it. There's no Toolpaths menu item, and I don't see it on the preview or toolpaths windows/tabs.

highpockets: I have taken it down to 4.7% with no change.
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby FixitMike » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:38 am

saundby wrote:Thanks for the responses, however:

FixitMike: I don't see any such setting. I've dug around a lot, but I don't see it. There's no Toolpaths menu item, and I don't see it on the preview or toolpaths windows/tabs.

You are absolutely right. I assumed that because Vectric products are similar, there would be a "Toolpaths" option in Cut3D on the menu bar along with "File View Help" like there is in VCarve and Aspire.
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby saundby » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:12 am

Thanks. I've gone back and forth through it, I guess it's just not there. I guess I'll drop an email to support and see what they say.
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby Bob Reda » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:58 pm

The tool in the first photo is listed as an the engraving bit, not a ballnose. Dont know if that would have anything to do with it

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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby NormanAlbert » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:03 pm

You have it as an end mill but it should in the engraving bit category designating the angle and the type of tip and size.
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby Adrian » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:17 pm

How did you create a Radius Engraving bit in Cut3D? It only supports End Mills and Ball Noses. The tool database screen shot you've got isn't possible in Cut3D as far as I can see.
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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby adze_cnc » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:04 am

Adrian,

Tool types in Cut3D 1.110 are: Ball Nose, End Mill, Radiused End Mill, and Radiused Engraving.

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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby adze_cnc » Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:06 am

saudby:

Try using the "Radiused End Mill" (REM) tool type instead of "Radiused Engraving" (RE). Does the picture of the REM look more like your actual bit than does the picture for the RE?

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Re: Cut 3D Preview with Radiused End Mill

Postby Adrian » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:27 pm

adze_cnc wrote:Adrian,

Tool types in Cut3D 1.110 are: Ball Nose, End Mill, Radiused End Mill, and Radiused Engraving.

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Odd, the trial version is 1.025. I would have thought the trial would be the latest version but it obviously isn't.
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