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Traced or Engraved v-groove will not show up afterwards

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Message 1 of 11
tom_marttila
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Traced or Engraved v-groove will not show up afterwards

I am trying to learn how to follow an inserted dxf line drawing in order to create a v-groove on to the surface of the body.

 

I have tried both Trace and Engrave and both seem to work, with both I can select the inserted dxf as a Closed Chain and during simulation the 6 mm 30 deg chamfer bit follows the pattern nicely and I can see the v-groove as it is being cut. As long as I am in Simulation the end result looks great.

 

But when I exit Simulation the groove disappears and all that is left is the inserted line drawing, as if no cutting would have been done.

 

What should I do in order to see the cut v-groove also after exiting Simulation?

 

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Message 2 of 11
g-andresen
in reply to: tom_marttila

Hi,

In manufacture mode, the toolpaths for production are created, but the production result is not modeled.
You would have to do this in design mode.

 

günther

Message 3 of 11
jhackney1972
in reply to: tom_marttila

At the end of the Toolpath Simulation you can right click on the Browser and use the Save Stock to export an STL of the cut component.  It is not a very good model but it will show the cuts made.

 

Save Stock.jpg


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Message 4 of 11
tom_marttila
in reply to: tom_marttila

Thanks. Both of these answers make sense.

 

Is there an easy way to create the v-groove in the Design mode when I have the dxf line drawing as the centerline?

 

Message 5 of 11
jhackney1972
in reply to: tom_marttila

You will need to attach the DXF to find out. It is hard to tell of any issues until we see your DXF viability.  Use the Attachment section in a reply post to send it.


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Message 6 of 11
tom_marttila
in reply to: tom_marttila

Attached is the dxf as it is today. Both Trace and Engrave follow it nicely in Manufacture. I am wondering if it could be used as the path in a Sweep operation in Design, but how to create the sketch profile that would follow it for creating the groove? Or maybe something else than Sweep should be used?

 

Message 7 of 11
jhackney1972
in reply to: tom_marttila

You DXF has some very tight curves in it so if the Sweep Profile is very large, it intersects itself.  One of these is shown in the attached screen capture.  The model is attached anyway and if you zoom up on it, you will see the sweep cut.  The DXF is rather small so you could make is larger to get a larger section cut.

 

 

Intersection.jpg

 


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Message 8 of 11
g-andresen
in reply to: tom_marttila

Hi,

If it is only for presentation purposes, this could be enough.
Created in V-Carve (V-Bit 30°; depth 0.15 mm)

horse trace.png

günther

Message 9 of 11
tom_marttila
in reply to: jhackney1972

This looks great. How did you create the Sweep Profile? I have the dxf drawing on the top face of the body in Design, but what to do then?

 

Message 10 of 11
jhackney1972
in reply to: tom_marttila

Here is a video explaining the process I used. 


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Message 11 of 11
tom_marttila
in reply to: jhackney1972

Thanks. This is great. I will probably try to edit the dxf so that this one corner gets a bigger radius.

 

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