I have a design that involves cutting a pattern out of an 8" x 8" x 0.2" piece of plywood.
With previous experiments, I’ve found that fine detail designs like this don’t work when holding the stock to the wasteboard with tape/glue, because if it’s held firmly enough to cut the design, it’s impossible to remove the work from the wasteboard after cutting without breaking it.
I’ve designed this new project such that I could bolt the stock directly to the table. My idea is that I’ll use bolt down two pieces of stock, cut the top one (while using the bottom one as wasteboard).
The thing I’m worried about is whether excluding an area in MeshCAM actually prevents travel through that region. If I have bolt heads sticking up 0.25" from my stock, I don’t want any rapid moves passing through that “airspace” above the stock there.
In MeshCAM I set the bolt areas as “keepout” and the preview does show no machining happening there, but rapid moves do pass through those areas. Is there a configuration I can be using to prevent this, or is this basic strategy of bolting the stock down a non-starter?