Regularizing geometry to achieve symmetry

Given a design:

one would want to set things up so as to ensure things are symmetrical.

Start by measuring things:

then changing Job Setup:

and verify Grid spacing will ensure the center is at a Grid intersection.

Select and copy everything:

Then delete everything but the circles in one copy:

Select the Circles:

Align Vectors:

and align them to the center of the Stock:

Delete all but one of the circles in the spare, and remove all but one set of the rotate geometry:

Drag into alignment with the original:

delete the duplicate circle:

Make sure the rectangle and small circle in it are centered:

Align Vectors:

Draw a circle which is larger than all the geometry:

(and centered on the Stock)

Select and duplicate in place by copy-pasting when the cursor is not in the drawing area the small circle and rectangle:

Select the larger circle:

rotate 120 degrees:



Adjust Stock size as necessary:

For the toolpaths, one deletes now redundant toolpaths to see:

which previews as:

It is a bit confusing since there are tabs, but the part isn’t cut all the way through β€” assuming the depth of the Contour is correct:

we change this in Job Setup:

to see:

A further concern is that the No Offset Contour is reducing the size of the circle all the way around by the radius of the endmill β€” we will assume that is an error and that the geometry is the correct size.

As one can see, there is some overcutting, and a further consideration is that a tool with an 0.5" length of cutting flute is being used to cut to a depth greater than the diameter of the tool β€” to address that, create a circle which is greater in radius by the tool diameter plus 10%:

Then duplicate the original circle:

and select the duplicate and the rectangles:

and use the Trim Vectors tool to remove geometry which does not describe the central region which is being kept:



Use Join Vectors:

Modify the toolpath to cut this geometry and the outer circle:

Then modify the geometry for the smaller circle holes to be below this toolpath and to start their cut at the bottom:

and create a pocket toolpath which uses the two outer circles and starts at the bottom of the previous pocket and cuts down to tab height:

Then move the Outer Contour toolpath to after that pocket and have it cut the rest of the way:


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