where has my End Mills gone

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doncraig
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where has my End Mills gone

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I have updated to 10.5 and want to machine some pieces but it depends what toolpath I select.
When I choose the V-Carve Toolpath it opens with the 90 degree 6 mm bit selected. I want to have straight (vertical) sides so I need an End Mill but they are not available in the database (as shown). Where have the end mills gone or should I use a different method to create these print blocks ??
v-carve toolpath.jpg

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Re: where has my End Mills gone

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You can't use an endmill with a V-Carve toolpath so they aren't displayed. By default the tool database hides all tools groups that can't be used with the current toolpath type.

For that toolpath only v-bits and roundover bits are valid for the actual cut. You can use an endmill as a clearance tool but it won't cut the sides.

If you want straight vertical sides then you should use a Pocket toolpath instead.

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Re: where has my End Mills gone (SOLVED)

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Thanks for the simple and straightforward answer.
I have been asked if I could make little wooden print blocks (by my sister) and thought I would give it a go. I tried a block of Lime wood but it may be too soft so I will try Beech next. My first block was 'HOME MADE' on 2 lines and I used the Pocket toolpath. A complete disaster but I now know what i am looking for. I may go back to the V-Carve tool path and use an engraving bit and see what works then. I have been away from V Carve, UCCNC and the Stepcraft machine for some time now and need to get back into it so I will probably be back with more questions.
Thanks again
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Re: where has my End Mills gone

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Am i missing something? I have Cut2D version 10.512 and I don't have a vcarve toolpath. I have the Quick Engraving but not a vcarve.

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Re: where has my End Mills gone

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The OP has VCarve Desktop (based upon his screenshot)
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