I am new to V25 and am having a problem. In V17, which is what I use the most, I can manually pick out the tool path when making a program. So this means that I can pick a point and start the tool path from that point, make the tool move in the direction I want, raise the tool, move to another point, and so on. This is a slow way to make a program but is very useful when I want the tool to travel where I want it and not where the computer thinks it should go. But with V25 I cannot figure out how to do this. Is it possible?
There is no move to point function in the new software so you cannot force the tool path to move to specific points during tool path calculation.
Thanks for the reply Sean, now I know why I couldn’t figure out how to do it. I wonder why this feature was removed? I have been spending way too much time trying to get a tool path for engraving text that doesn’t jump all over the place. Very frustrating.
The reason this no long exists is because everything is wizard based and handled automatically as far as assigning rapid moves between tool paths, because this is handled in the post processor. What you can do to limit tool movement is to break up your engraves into smaller sections, rather than doing say 20 letters at once, do a smaller section in a defined range to better control the area in which your tool path generates.
This is what I ultimately had to do. However, the wizard does not pick a tool path that makes logical sense. Letters get partly done, then the tool rapids in Z, moves to another letter, does it and several others, and then returns to complete the letter it didn’t complete. So even though the drawing was divided into multiple small parts it still hopped into and put of incomplete letters. It is too bad that the ability to manually make a logical tool path when needed was removed. I may need to buy some engraving software rather than waste time trying to get around what the wizard is trying to do.
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