I’m in the process of planning out an ambitious project that will require me to cut 529 different parts (2D contours) across 250 setups (sheets of material).
For reference I have experience running a Single Setup with Multiple toolpaths in CM, but I’ve never run anything that required 250 setups with multiple toolpaths.
All of my material will be identically sized ~30x30" and I’ll create some sort of reference / index on my spoilboard to prevent me from having to fiddle with re-zeroing x,y, or z 250 times. I’m also going to be using vacuum workholding so I’m not double-side taping 250 sheets of material.
What is not immediately clear to me is how Carbide Motion handles multiple setups all loaded at once… I believe the feature in F360 that sounds correct is “Create an NC Program”; but I haven’t gone down the rabbit hole yet because I’m trying to figure out how much of this can I automate.
I presently have a Bitsetter and a BitRunner (the latter which I have yet to install because I need to solder the connecter to the PCB).
My utopic vision for this project would be:
- Load 1 NC Program with a all 250 setups and toolpaths into Carbide Motion via a single NC file / program
- Press Start Job and CM turns off the router via bitrunner between each time it wants to me to feed it another sheet of ~30x30 stock.
Bonus if it can go to the home position and get out of the way.
Double Bonus if it doesn’t use bitsetter at the start of each of the 250 setups consisting of 500 separate tool paths (2qty toolpaths per setup)