Kerf Compensation Toolpaths

A simplified toolpath tool designed for CNC cutting devices other than routers. The tool behaves similar to the Routing Offset tool, but only the necessary 2D parameters are available. Kerf compensation also provides a parameter to enable and define toolpath loops in and out of external corners to maintain cutting head speed for water jet and plasma cutters.

Kerf Width 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15 are default, additional options can be added.
External (male) Toolpaths will follow the outside of the contours
Internal (female) Toolpaths will follow the inside of the contours
Feed Rate The speed the tool will move in the material when cutting
Weld Offsets When checked, overlapping offsets will weld together into a single toolpath group. If unchecked, overlapping offsets will remain separate
Loop Corners Create toolpath loops on external corners. Loops prevent the tool from decelerating as it rounds the corner.
Sharp Corners When checked, toolpath offsets form square corners
Direction - Conventional Cut in a counter-clockwise direction for a standard exterior cut
Direction - Climb Cut in a clockwise direction for a standard exterior cut

Entry and Exit Parameters

Define how the tool should move away from the finished edge when moving in and out of cut.

Arc Define an arc path for the tool to follow by specifying a Radius and Angle of the arc path to follow. The 3D Arc option can be enabled and a Lift defined to create a 3D entry/exit path.
Line Define a straight line path for the tool to follow by specifying the Length and Angle away from the finished surface. The 3D Line option can be enabled and a Lift defined to create a 3D entry/exit path.
Combination Create a combination arc and line entry/exit path by specifying RadiusAngle, and Length. The tool will follow a straight line to approach the finished surface and then arc into cut, or reverse for an exit path.
Corner Force the toolpath start point to coincide with a corner, and the entry and exit paths to align with the edges of the corner. If either the entry or exit type are set to Corner, both the entry and exit paths will be generated at the toolpath corner.
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