Decreasing "cutting air" time

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Decreasing "cutting air" time

Postby Mofosheee » Wed May 08, 2019 3:42 pm

Hello Forum

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Starting off with a block of material, say 2" x 3" and performing a profile operation requiring 2 different size milling bits; .25" & .125"
Is there a way to establish MOPS to reduce machine time by not having the next (smaller diameter) mill bit retracing the profile, "cutting air" where material no longer exist? In other words, keeping the mill bit on the remaining stock? Thank you Forum!
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Re: Decreasing "cutting air" time

Postby mtylerfl » Wed May 08, 2019 6:07 pm

I don't know what "MOPS" is, but...

Could you run your 0.25" bit first to whatever depth you want, then set your 0.125" bit to a Start Depth equal to the depth you already cut with the 0.25" bit? (Of course, you would also add the balance of the final depth you want for that smaller bit toolpath.)
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