I’m pretty new to Carbide Create, but have done lots of drafting with other tools to create SVG files in the past.
In my current project I wanted to cut some stopped dados. I successfully did the obvious:
In Design:Create Vector:Create Polyline I drew a single vector which was the line where I wanted the stopped dado. Then, in Toolpaths I selected the line and selected a Coutour using the bit size I wanted to use for the simple stopped dado. I set ‘No Offset’ and the depth and DONE, no problem. Worked perfectly and Show Simulation showed exactly what I wanted. GREAT!
Then on another stopped dado I had the idea to do it differently so I could more easily see what was getting routed out. Instead i did:
In Design:Create Rectangle: and made a rectangle the width of the bit and the length of the stopped dado. Then, in Toolpaths I selected the rectangle and selected a Pocket using the same bit size as the width of the rectangle. I set the depth and OUCH, I get an EMPTY TOOLPATH. I think to myself, maybe it won’t allow it because it knows I can’t cut the square corners at the ends with a bit the same width as the rectangle. So I go back to Design and Fillet the ends. Same result. It just won’t cut a slot the width of the tool if I create it with a rectangle/pocket instead of a line/contour.
Am I missing something? Of course I can proceed on my project with what works, but in this case it would have been nice to visualize the width of the cut in Design.