Step 3: Step3. Importing into Artcam to Create Machine Tool Paths.
A new model is opened in Artcam with dimensions large enough to have the design fit with approximately 1cm of clearance on each side to prevent the machine tools from colliding with the clamps used in the machine to secure the piece of acrylic.
The model .dwg file is then imported and placed in the center of the model.
There are three types of tool path that were used with this project.
- 2D Engraving.
- Machine Along Vector.
- 2D Profiling.
The created toolpaths are then exported and then opened with Mach2 Mill, the program that controls the CNC Milling machine.
An acrylic piece, the same dimensions of the Artcam model is secured in place in the machine.
The tools used in the mill.
-3mm End Mill