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    Question 3D Profiles in Enroute 6 - Is it possible?

    I am posting in hopes on finding a method of creating a 3D routing-offset tool path.

    Specifically, I am trying to part a vacuum formed plastic component from the surrounding material. This part is complex, and the edge I want to cut along is 3D, (picture a roller coaster path).
    I know how to machine a 3D surface, but creating a single line path that follows a 3D surface eludes me. Apply to Relief doesn't seem to have any effect on the Routing-Offset tool path, nor to an Engraving toolpath. I've tried creating a narrow relief that follows the perimeter, but when I create an Island Fill tool path, it comes out very jagged. I feel like I am close, but can't quite figure it out. Also, the way I am potentially going to get it to work takes a lot of steps and is convoluted, so finding a simpler, quicker way would be great.

    If anyone has expereince with reliefs and 3D tool paths, please chime in.

    Thanks!

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    Re: 3D Profiles in Enroute 6 - Is it possible?

    I don't have any experience with the full 3-d version of Enroute (Pro). But on the lesser version Enroute Plus it is possible to program a tool to follow a 3d line exactly. Using the engraving tool, simply check the "follow path" checkbox in the bottom section of the first dialog window that pop up when you click the engrave button (with the 3d drawn line selected.) The same option is also available and works the same way for an open offset tool path. I know this works because I just used it today to mill a sloped pocket in a piece. And it is also the basis for how Enroute's rapid texture tool works. I often use this tool to mill a faux "live edge" on some pieces to give the look of a piece of slab wood. I usually use about 3 or 4 passes with a 3/4" ball end mill to make an edge for a 3/4" thick board.

    Now I believe that the full 3d versios Enroute Pro, also adds the ability to carve 3d reliefs (such as milling a mold), and I don't know what other 3d features it adds.

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    Re: 3D Profiles in Enroute 6 - Is it possible?

    Good point, the software does follow 3D lines when using the rapid texture function. I know it can follow any path. I guess what i'm struggling with is getting a specific 3D path into the software. I have a 3D line in Solidworks, but can't seem to find a way to import that into Enroute to use as a tool path. Any ideas there?

    Thanks for your input. And that faux live edge insight, that might come in useful.

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