Path Job

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Path Job.png Path Job

Menu location
Path → Job
Workbenches
Path
Default shortcut
P,F
Introduced in version
-
See also


Description

The Job tool creates a new Job object in the active document. The Job object contains the following information:

  1. A list of Tool-Controller definitions, specifying the geometry, Feeds, and Speeds for the Path Operations Tools.
  2. A Workflow sequential list of Path Operations.
  3. A Base Body—a clone used for offset.
  4. A Stock, representing the raw material that will be milled to Path Workbench.
  5. A SetupSheet, containing inputs used by the Path Operations, including static values and formulas.
  6. Configuration parameters specifying the output G-Code job's destination path, file name, and extension, and the Postprocessor—used to generate the appropriate dialect for the target CNC Controller, and customize Units, Tool Changes, Parking, etc...

Usage

  1. Press the Path-Job.png Job button

The Job GUI has five horizontal aligned tabs, General, Output, Setup, Tools and Workplan. You can confirm or cancel the dialog.

General

Job 1.jpg

  • Label: The label of the Job as displayed in the tree view.
  • Model: The Base Object which defines by its shape the paths of the job. If it is a Part Design object it is usually the Body which you select here. If you have an element selected in the tree before you click the "Add Job" icon that element is already entered here. You can change it by selecting a different element from the dropdown menue.
  • Description: You can add some notes to the job here. Notes are only for your information and have no effect on the path.

Output

Job 2.jpg

  • Output File: Set the name, extension, and the file path of the G-Code output. You can use the following placeholders:
    •  %D directory of the active document
    •  %d name of the active document (without extension)
    •  %M user macro directory
    •  %j name of the job
  • Processor: Select the postprocesser for your machine.
  • Arguments: Add arguments for the postprocessor as needed.

Setup

Job 3.jpg

  • Stock: set the size and shape of the raw material.
  • Orientation: Selected Edge or Face is used to orient Base or Stock accordingly.
  • Alignment: select a Vertex to set origin or move Base or Stock


Tools

Job 4.jpg

Add the tool(s) from your Tooltable which you need for the operations at this job.

After adding a tool, you can set/change the feedrate and spindle speed if you need a different feedrate in this job. A change here doesn't change the parameters stored in the tooltable.

The default tool you can delete if you have a own tool added.

Workplan

Job 5.jpg

If you have a job which contends more than one path operation, you can determine in which order the operations should be done. To reorder, select a operation an push the up or down button.