3D Toolpath Setups

A typical 3D setup is shown in Figure 9.4. Runoff surfaces are sometimes required to expand the tool paths to the XY extents of the stock, or to cause the tool to continue to machine down in Z along vertical walls.

Holes, fine details, or other features that will be created by subsequent operations may be suppressed or covered with a Check Surface to prevent the tool from entering these areas.

Figure 9.4: Typical 3D Tool Path Setup