Making the moulding toolpath cut on the inside of a vector

This section is for useful tips and tricks for Aspire
Post Reply
User avatar
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 1503
Joined: Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:52 pm
Model of CNC Machine: Anderson Selexx 510
Location: Henryville, PA

Making the moulding toolpath cut on the inside of a vector

Post by dealguy11 »

The moulding toolpath is a great addition to Aspire and VCarve Pro. It creates nice, smooth 2d toolpaths to cut molding-type profiles, that cut faster and smoother than doing the same thing with a normal carving finish toolpath. Unfortunately, it only will apply the profile to the outside of a closed vector. Is there a way to get a moulding toolpath to cut inside rather than outside? Yes!

Let's say you want to make this window mullion using the moulding toolpath. The top of the mullion has a 3/16" cove on each side of the little rails, and those are where we want to use the moulding toolpath.
Finished Mullion.JPG
Here are the vectors that define the shapes for this mullion.
The parts where this issue is a problem are the middle cutouts. These areas are where you'd like to have the moulding toolpath cut on the inside of the vector to give nice sharp corners. Now, you might say "why not just pick the innermost vector and generate the moulding toolpath from that. Then it would be on the outside of the vector". The toolpath would look something like this:
Inside Vector Example.JPG
Rounded Ends.JPG
Notice that the resulting toolpath is rounded on the top and bottom and is not giving me the sharp inside corners that I want. The better vector to use would be the next one out from the one in the last example - the one that defines the top of the profile, not the bottom. Unfortunately, this is where you need the moulding vector to go inside rather than outside the vector.

The answer is to break this vector into two separate vectors, neither of which is a closed vector. Use the Node Editing tool to cut the vector in two places. It's important that these two cuts be in the middle of a straight or gently curved section. If you make the cuts on a corner, you may get distortion in the final toolpaths. Now if you create a moulding toolpath for each of the resulting open vectors, and right-click to reverse the rail if necessary, you get a toolpath that looks like this (note the sharp corner):

Cut Vectors Example.JPG
Sharp ends.JPG
Repeat as required for the rest of the model.
Steve Godding
D&S Artistic Woodworking

Will Williamson
Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 188
Joined: Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:45 pm
Model of CNC Machine: Thermwood CS-45 5 x 10
Location: Capac, Michigan

Re: Making the moulding toolpath cut on the inside of a vect

Post by Will Williamson »

Good one Thanks
Will Williamson
Williamson Lumber & Millwork Inc.
Capac, Michigan

Vectric Craftsman
Posts: 128
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:26 am
Model of CNC Machine: Roland MDX-40A
Location: Lake Barrington, IL

Re: Making the moulding toolpath cut on the inside of a vect

Post by armbrusterco »

Very clever adaptation of the toolpath strategy. Thanks for sharing.
Bob Armbruster

User avatar
Vectric Wizard
Posts: 2853
Joined: Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:04 pm
Model of CNC Machine: PDJ Pilot Pro

Re: Making the moulding toolpath cut on the inside of a vect

Post by highpockets »

Thanks Steve, very handy work around.
Maker of Chips

Post Reply