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roughing toolpath for molding toolpath ?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:39 am
by sawmiller
I'm going to carve out a pedestal leg.
I'm going to use the molding toolpath, my question is, how do I do a roughing toolpath?
in places i'm cutting away 1.25" so it would be good to do a roughing first I think.
using a 1/2" ballnose bit

Re: roughing toolpath for molding toolpath ?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:49 pm
by Mark
Hello,

To do this, check the "Use Larger Area Clearance Tool" option on the Moulding Toolpath form.

The Clearance tool does not have to be larger than the finishing tool, you can specify the same tool
for both operations if you wish.
A number of Z level clearance passes will be added according to the pass depth set for the clearance tool.
Specify the Machining allowance to set the amount of material that you wish the final finishing toolpath
to remove.

I hope that this helps.

Re: roughing toolpath for molding toolpath ?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:00 pm
by sawmiller
excellent ,
thank you

Re: roughing toolpath for molding toolpath ?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:45 pm
by sawmiller
Capturefinish.PNG
well, i tried it and using a ball nose for the clearance ( or a end mill, the roughing toolpath put a score right across where i dont want it. see capture pic.
capture finish is the way i would want it. could i use toolpath preview and rough that ? i dont know why the other isnt working.
Capture.PNG

Re: roughing toolpath for molding toolpath ?

PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:11 pm
by sawmiller
closed out the program opened it up again, used .5 end mill for the clearance tool, no groove in the bulge ( had used .5 ballnose before.
so im happy,
on to other projects, ill cut this this weekend, thanks to AJcolic of shopbot forum for the inspireation