Toolpath- how to cut down tracking time

Hi guys.

Is it possible anywhere to set up how high an endmill will move among the operations?
I’ve tried V-Carving today, and I realized that the machine spends a lot of time just moving up and after back down among the operations. I’ve used the advanced VCarve Toolpath.

Hi @kerus,

Yes, go back into the design tab and click in the white space to make the Gear button reappear.


Click it and there is a retract setting under Job:

Hope this helps.


Thank you, Ryan, for the express response :slight_smile:

Just one more question: What is safe, or recommended retract height?

It depends on your workholding solution, and the flatness of your stock:

  • if you use top clamps, and/or if your stock is bowed or uneven in thickness, you should set a “large” retract height to be sure to clear the clamps while the machine moves from one point to the next. Typically 0.5 to 1".
  • if you use side clamps and/or double-sided tape or tape & glue, the full top stock surface should be clear from any obstacle, so you can set retract height to just a few mm / 0.1" like in Ryan’s screenshot.

I would not go much below that (in the sense that there are risks of collision for stock of uneven thickness, and the gain in cutting time of reducing retract height further is negligible)

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