I just started using featurecam 2017 about two months ago. I have already programmed many parts and like the software. I have been lying and saying the stock is larger in order to get the toolpath to start futher away from the stock. I tried all the lead in and out options and can't figure out how to get the tool to plung out at a more clear area before cutting. My company got me no formal training so I have no one to ask. I have been using the vortex toolpaths a lot and like them. I looked through all the global settings and don't know. I hope someone can help me out. In gibbscam there is a clearance setting for the roughing and it will start an inch outside the stock then feeed in and go. It has to be something I'm just not seeing.