Lesson 7: Toolpath Management

In this lesson, learn how to rename toolpaths, how to organize them into folders, and how to create patterns to duplicate toolpaths.

 

Tutorial: Manage Toolpaths

Name and organize toolpaths in the browser, copy patterns, and share toolpath operations as templates.

Name Toolpaths and Create Folders

Before sharing or postprocessing, organize the toolpaths and give them informative names.

  1. If the Data Panel is not open, click Show Data Panel
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  2. In the Data Panel, open CAM 7_Toolpath Management from Projects Samples Workshops & Events Adoption Path Toolpath Programming 7_Toolpath Management.

    TIP If toolpaths are out of date
    imageafter the design loads, choose Actions Generate Toolpath.

  3. In the CAM workspace, in the browser, select [T1] Adaptive1.
  4. Click [T1] Adaptive1 again to edit the toolpath name. Type Initial Roughing.

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  5. In the browser, select [T1] 2D Adaptive1.
  6. Click [T1] 2D Adaptive1 again. Rename the toolpath Front Pocket Roughing.
  7. Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (macOS) to select the renamed operations:
    • [T1] Initial Roughing
    • [T1] Front Pocket Roughing
  8. Right-click the selection and choose Add To New Folder.
  9. Click Folder1. Click Folder1 again and change the name to Roughing.

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  10. Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (macOS) to select the finishing operations:
    • [T3] Parallel1
    • [T3] Parallel1-45 degree
    • [T3] Scallop1
  11. Right-click the selection, and choose Add To New Folder.
  12. Click Folder2. Click Folder2 again and change the name to Saw Body Finishing.


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Copy Toolpath Patterns

Toolpath patterns allow you to apply existing toolpaths to other parts. In this step, you copy toolpaths to a second saw mold.

  1. In the Data Panel, open CAM 7_Toolpath Management PATTERN from Projects Samples Workshops & Events Onboarding Path Toolpath Programming CAM 7_Toolpath Management.
  2. In the browser, select the Roughing folder.
  3. Hold down the Shift key and click [T5] Drill1 to select all the operations except for the Saw Body Finishing folder.
  4. Right-click the selection and choose Add To New Pattern.
  5. In the Pattern dialog, set Pattern Type to Component Pattern.
  6. Select the saw mold with the existing toolpath operations as the source.

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    NOTE Selecting the Saw Mold:1 component as the source immediately applies the pattern to the Saw Mold:2 component. Additional instances of the same component are automatically selected as targets.

  7. Click OK to generate the toolpath for the target component.
  8. You can also drag patterns to a different toolpath setup. Drag the Saw Body Finishing folder onto the Pattern folder to add it to the pattern.

Save Toolpath Templates

Templates allow you to share toolpaths with other setups and designs. In this step, you create a toolpath template.

  1. In the browser, Ctrl-click (Windows) or Command-click (macOS) to select the following operations:
    • [T3] Parallel1
    • [T3] Parallel-45 Degree
    • [T3] Scallop1
  2. Right-click the selection and choose Store As Template.
  3. In the Template dialog, name the template 3D Finishing.
    The new template is saved locally; you can now apply it to other designs.
  4. To test the newly created template, right-click Setup1 and choose Create From Template 3D Finishing.
    The toolpaths from the template are now added to the browser.

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  5. Right-click [T3] Parallel1 (2) and choose Generate Toolpath.

    NOTE When you apply a toolpath template to a different model, you can edit your toolpath to specify new geometry.

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