I am working on my first project and I am struggling. All I want to do is create a bunch of circles from one piece of stock. Can anyone point me in the right direction on how to lay this out in carbide create. Is there some type of copy paste function. Not a whole lot out there to learn this stuff.
I made a large number of circular ‘pucks’ for a project I was working on. I used CC. Whatever you use to model your circles, you’ll want to make economical use of your stock. Common knowledge states that hexagonal packing is the ideal, however, that assumes an infinite plane. When you’ve got finite stock, and your circles are comparable in scale, other methods give higher density.
Here’s an example for optimal packing in a square. And here is a website that goes into incredible detail about the subject.
TL;DR If you think you can fit more than 10 circles in your stock, go for hexagonal packing, otherwise, go for square packing.
draw circles 2) go to tool paths and select all circles with rubber band box - left click. 3) set parameters for tool path and OK (see simulation for 1 tool path ). If I knew how to send screen shots I would. If there’s a way, let me know.
Glad to hear it. If you are doing a lot of 2.5D work, CC is a very capable piece of software. The biggest problem is the lack of instructions and info. I had to play around a lot but the more I learned, the more I liked it. I don’t bother with my ViaCad on most of what I do because CC is quicker and easier and all I really need is a G-code file to plug into my off-line controller. I watch this post regularly so if you need info on CC I might be able to help.