I'm having a problem with a steep sided 16mm triangular bowl shape that I'm trying to get cut on my cnc router.
My 6mm ball endmill only has a pass depth of 12mm.
The 2D toolpaths seem to understand pass depth but the 3D finishing toolpath just plain ignores it, so the preview looks great, I save the toolpath as gcode and put it on the CNC and it makes a right royal mess because it tries to move 12mm of teeth at a depth of 16mm and it can't because there's no teeth higher up to move material out of the way, and instead it moves the entire workpiece and pulls it from underneath the clamps, losing its X Y position and everything goes south.
Unsure what to do, other than redesign so the shape's sides are only 11-12mm deep.
I assumed the tool database entries related to pass depth were actually used by all the software that generates the toolpaths and I wouldn't have to worry about details like that at the design stage.
There really should be a warning or something.
Am I expecting too much of the VCarve Desptop version? Does this problem happen in the more expensive version or even in Aspire, or is it just the low-end version? Please no replies that say I should upgrade - that isn't going to happen as I suspect its all the same code-base.
- the preview
- tool database entry for 6mm ball