Does anyone know if there is a way to ensure that part symmetry can be addressed in V Carve toolpath calculations?
I am attempting to cut a cavity into a rounded work piece using the wrapped job setup / pocket toolpath features in V carve.
In the simulator, the cavity looks exactly like the part. The part is .062" wide until it tapers into itself at the top and comes to a point, the center of the piece is hollow.
So the part is about 5 inches long, tapers from a point to around .55" wide. It looks like an upside down V if you are having trouble visualizing.
The problem I am running into is that when I cut the cavity into a rounded work piece, one side of the cavity has a much larger chunk taken out of it than the other. This of course makes the inlay loose on one side and the cavity is officially unsuited to my work. I have addressed the hardware issues that may be causing this. My rotary axis is calibrated, my cut is being initiated from top dead center, and my svg is perfectly symmetrical, as is the inlay part that was cut with V carve with the exact same bit.
When trying to solve the problem, I have discovered that the cutter makes a pass going the opposite direction of the pass made on the other side of the part. When I look at the calculated tool path in V-Carve, I can see the exact pathway that is causing me problems, but I cannot find anyway to calculate the toolpath without it appearing in the final cut path.
Does anyone know if there is a way to ensure that part symmetry can be addressed in V Carve to alter the pocket toolpath calculation?