How to Design and Cut 2D Shapes with Vectric Cut2D 41
Vectric Cut2D 41 is a software for designing and cutting 2D shapes on CNC machines. It has easy to use vector drawing and editing tools with powerful 2D machining strategies for CNC routing, milling or engraving. In this article, we will show you how to use Cut2D 41 to create a simple project from scratch.
To start a new project, open Cut2D 41 and click on the \"Create a new file\" icon on the left toolbar. You will see a dialog box where you can set up the job parameters, such as the size of the material, the thickness, the units, the origin point and the orientation. For this example, we will use a 12 x 12 inch piece of wood with a thickness of 0.75 inches. We will also set the origin point at the lower left corner and the orientation as XY plane.
Step 2: Draw a Vector Shape
Next, we will draw a vector shape that we want to cut out. Cut2D 41 has a variety of drawing tools that you can use to create vectors from scratch or import and edit bitmap images. For this example, we will use the \"Draw Circle\" tool to draw a circle with a diameter of 10 inches. To do this, click on the \"Draw Circle\" icon on the left toolbar, then click on the center point of the material and drag outwards until you see the diameter value as 10 inches. You can also type in the value in the dialog box that appears.
Step 3: Create a Toolpath
Now that we have our vector shape, we can create a toolpath to cut it out. Cut2D 41 has several toolpath options that cover all typical 2D routing operations, such as profiling, pocketing, drilling and inlays. For this example, we will use the \"Profile Toolpath\" strategy to cut around the circle. To do this, click on the \"Profile Toolpath\" icon on the right toolbar, then select the circle vector and choose a suitable tool from the tool database. We will use a 0.25 inch end mill for this example. You can also adjust other settings such as the cut depth, the direction, the tabs and the ramping.
Step 4: Preview and Save the Toolpath
Before we send the toolpath to our CNC machine, we can preview it to see how it will look when it is actually cut. Cut2D 41 has a realistic preview function that shows you the material removal and the final result. To preview the toolpath, click on the \"Preview Visible Toolpaths\" icon on the right toolbar. You can also change the material color and texture to match your actual material.
If you are happy with the preview, you can save the toolpath to a file format that your CNC machine can read. To do this, click on the \"Save Toolpaths\" icon on the right toolbar, then select your post processor from the list and choose a folder and file name for your toolpath file.
Step 5: Cut Your Project
The final step is to load your toolpath file into your CNC machine software and cut your project. Make sure you have secured your material on your CNC machine bed and set up your tool correctly. Follow your CNC machine instructions and 0efd9a6b88