Using Curves as the input geometry for toolpaths, the CNC router can quickly and precisely cut shapes into a variety of materials. Many projects can be successfully executed this way. This section of the website will go through the necessary steps to get a curve-based project ready for the CNC router, bringing it from a CAD drawing to a CAM file .

This demonstration will cover the following content:

  • setting up a file for export from Rhino
  • importing a file into MasterCAM and preparing the workspace for toolpaths
  • Creating several different toolpath types:
    • Drill - circular cuts (holes) that are the same diameter of the tool
    • Contour - follow along a curve with the cutter
    • Pocket - clear out the material inside of an enclosed curve
  • Previewing the job

Two example projects will be used to provide a practical demonstration of the tools.

Basic: Cat Face

Advanced: Slot-Together Stool