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Tool Selection

Postby Stephane Kovari » Thu, Sep 18 2014, 6:24AM

Once in a while, we have cabinets that use a Hidden Tenon at 100% the thickness. In this case it is 1.22'' thick. When we get to the machine to machine the part with the pocket for this tenon, it searches for a tool that has the width of 1.01'' to 0.505''. We often use a half inch downcut for this procedure. I was wondering if there was a way the machine can still choose our 0.5'' inch bit and make a third pass the machine the full width?? Of course the easy solution is to buy a 5/8'' bit, but i was just wondering if there is a way not to to keep the same tool in the arm to do all of our machining without having to add another bit???

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Re: Tool Selection

Postby Josh Rayburn » Thu, Sep 18 2014, 6:38AM

Hi Stephane,
Unfortunately dado operations cannot be turned into a pocket. You will have to choose a tool that is at least half the width of the dado operation. If you are machining from a .dxf file, you have the option to rename the layer "pocket" instead of "dado".
Hope this helps,
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Re: Tool Selection

Postby Brad McIntosh » Fri, Sep 19 2014, 9:24AM

Perhaps this is something the development team for Control Nesting should look at though...

If an operation is specified as a DADO (eCab/TWD or in a Layered DXF), yet an appropriate tool cannot be found to perform the DADO using the "Dado Operation" process, then fall back and approach the rectangular region as a POCKET.

Just a thought

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Re: Tool Selection

Postby Josh Rayburn » Fri, Sep 19 2014, 9:37AM

Brad,
We have been asking TWD to consider that for five years!
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Re: Tool Selection

Postby Brad McIntosh » Fri, Sep 19 2014, 9:48AM

Understood... Sometimes we just have to keep asking nicely. :wink:

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Re: Tool Selection

Postby Stephane Kovari » Fri, Sep 26 2014, 8:28AM

I agree! The fall back to a pocket would be wonderfull! Thanks


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