Pocket toolpath - outside in

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Dale Yeager
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Pocket toolpath - outside in

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This may be an unusual request, but is there a way to make a pocket toolpath in offset mode start on the outside and work to the middle?

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adze_cnc
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Re: Pocket toolpath - outside in

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Short answer: no

Long answer: this has been asked many times here and the answers are pretty much the same:
  • not currently possible
  • might want to post a request for a gadget to do this in the gadget request part of the forum
  • if the pocket is regular (e.g. a rectangle, circle, ellipse, or similar) could make your own ever decresing spiral vetor and use the Profile toolpath “on the line” (possibly with an existing spiral gadget)
  • might want to send a feature request to Vectric for inclusion in a future version

Dale Yeager
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Re: Pocket toolpath - outside in

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My trick to get around this is to do a profile inside the line then maybe another with an offset but with the amount of my tool stepover. Then I can pocket the rest. This works, but forces me to create 3 toolpaths.

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Re: Pocket toolpath - outside in

Post by Adrian »

If you're running the Pro version you can combine the three toolpaths into one with Merge Toolpaths and save it as a template.

Dale Yeager
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Re: Pocket toolpath - outside in

Post by Dale Yeager »

Wow, I missed that option. It works great. Thanks

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