I imported an STL file into a new project, and have assigned three toolpaths to it. My final step calls for a profile cut to release the piece from a large material blank. I used the appropriate vector tools along with node editing to closely surround my object (since the STL mesh boundary is not recognized as a boundary), with the intention of using it to guide the profile cut.
You do not HAVE to use a vector around the model to carve it...you can choose the option to use the actual model/component as the boundary (and set a boundary offset) when creating your model toolpaths.
I'm getting several roadblocks to completion, and would appreciate knowing why:
- how do you give the vector drawn around the model Z location information?
Use the "create boundary from selected component" tool to create an outline vector for the model (I guess that's what you are wanting to do).
I assigned the drawn vector as layer 2. I also tried combining the layers, but haven't tried merging them. Sorry, I don't understand what your goal is here.
- my material thickness is .82" and I'm asking the tool to go .03 lower. This generates a silly warning that I may go into the machine bed........I use 3/4" sacrificial sheets for vac pump.
Silly or not, the warning is normal. It's a reminder that you'll be cutting into the spoil board is all.
- after closing the above message, the following message: "No TP generated for current parameters. Check tool can fit into selected vectors at machining depth". Seems rather cryptic. If the circumscribing vector was at Z=0 in a 2D drawing, I'd grab a tool, assign tool direction along with inside/outside/centered relative to the vector, then dictate depth of cut and bingo. Can someone advise on what I'm missing here?
It's caused by pilot error somewhere, but without seeing the file, hard to diagnose.
Thank you, 2C3D4U
2C3D4U wrote:I imported an STL file into a new project, and have assigned three toolpaths to it.
adze_cnc wrote:2C3D4U wrote:I imported an STL file into a new project, and have assigned three toolpaths to it.
I'm interested in what software package was used to create the .STL file? There may be better ways to go about this than trying to use the .STL file.
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