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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Can I open up a toolpath in AutoCAD


    I'm having a problem with something I'm making. I've got some contours that I need to mill out of foam on an AXYZ table, I'm going to use a 10mm cutter for this. Afterwards I am going to laser out veneer strips to stick to the contours.

    My problem is that the contours I have will not mill out exactly as on the drawing due to the diameter of the 10mm cutter not being small enough to go around and will give me some rounded edges, this is not a problem. The problem is that I need to be able to get the lines that the tool will follow when it cuts and load it into AutoCAD so I can cut the exact shapes for the veneer to fit the ones left by the milling machine.

    I am using ArtCAM Express to create the NC files for milling.

    Does anyone know how to do this?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Select the vector the toolpath is calculated from. Then offset the vector by the tool radius. Should work right?

  3. #3
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    May 2004
    ArtCam should have an offset function. Not sure what AutoCad has to do with it. AutoCad will not open an NC file if that is what you are asking. Maybe ArtCam can export to DXF?

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