Milling Tools
Creates Dog-Bone fillets, extract 2D profiles from 3D parts for laser/CNC cutting
Milling Tools

Dog Bone Fillets

Based a request for a milling tool plugin: SketchUcation Thread

Creates Dog-Bone fillets on the faces you click on.

  • Use VCB to set tool radius.
  • Use VCB to set arc segment quality. ("8s" will make arcs based on circles with 8 segments)

The face clicked on should not be connected to any other faces or edges.

Part extraction for CNC/Laser cutting

Spurred from a thread from the SketchUp forum.

Extract Parts

Select a set of 3D parts, the faces on the ground plane of each instance will be extracted to a 2D profile.

Adjust Part Height

Adjust the thickness of the selected instance. It will move the faces of selected instances to the given height from the ground plane.

Set Ground Plane

A tool to pick the new ground plane for the given instance.

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Reviews

Mike R's picture

This is an awesome tool from a responsive developer ! Just what I needed to transform my models into 2d planes for laser cutting.

John B.'s picture

Oh wow, this is going to help me out tremendously! Thanks for the work!

The default 24 line segments didn't really work with my CAM software, SigmaNest. It was generating a toolpath for each segment which is not good for such small geometry. I found that if I set the segments to 6 I get the desired toolpath, though, just in and out. Hope this helps anyone else who might have the same problem :)

ThomThom's picture

Really? It's strange that changing the number of segments should change that. That's puzzling...

Rafik A's picture

when set radius of the tool and press on the selected area , the shape disappear .....please up load some pictures show the steps of use

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Hi Rafik
Are you trying to run the tool operation on the wrong side of the face maybe? Try to right-click on the face and click "Reverse faces". Then run the tool operation again.

You will also get unexpected results if using a toolbit radius that is too large for the object it is applied on.

Hope that helps

Brgds
Christian

Rafik A's picture

thank you very much for help .....Reverse faces is the solution .....i will be more grateful if inform me how to set number of segments ....as i am a cnc router user so this will help me get nice results , because low segments let the tool not to get inside enough and give no good fitting.
thank you again for help .
Rafik alhaji

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Hi again Rafik,

Are you referring to curved objects and how many sides they should be built up from? If so - when selecting a tool including curves (e.g. circle, polygon or arc) - before drawing you will see "Sides" down in the bottom right statusbar. For example - after clicking the circle tool, enter 36 - then hit enter. When drawing the circle it will consist of 36 sides. This way you can control how smooth the curve will be :)

Brgds
Christian

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Hi again Rafik,

Are you referring to curved objects and how many sides they should be built up from? If so - when selecting a tool including curves (e.g. circle, polygon or arc) - before drawing you will see "Sides" down in the bottom right statusbar. For example - after clicking the circle tool, enter 36 - then hit enter. When drawing the circle it will consist of 36 sides. This way you can control how smooth the curve will be :)

Brgds¨
Christian

Rafik A's picture

thank you very much .....in fact what i mean is how to change number of segments of the circle that drawen my milling tool (circle of tool dia ).....i want to increase it for cutting accuracy.
best regards .
Rafik Alhaji

Rafik A's picture

finally i found out how to set segments number .....thank you very much

ot r's picture

thanks

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Fantastic!!

Thanks a lot for creating this tool - it is priceless e.g. for creating fingerjoint boxes...saves me hours of extra work and frustration.

Would be great with a T-bone option :)

Henning M's picture

This is just what I need for milling working finger joints and other fillets. My Toolpath program (VCarve) doesn´t support fillets so this is currently my best option.

Notice! It will only work on one side of the face, if error, reverse the face.

ThomThom's picture

I thought VCarve supported exactly that. They made updates last year which improved interoperability with SketchUp a lot.
Eric Schimmelfennig has been using it a lot for his WikiHouse projects...

SketchUp's picture

VCarve does support true curves... When you import segmented circles and arcs VCarve will fit actual curves in for you.

Check out this guide: http://sketchup.dozuki.com/Guide/Importing+SketchUp+models+into+VCarve/7

When trying to apply this to a simple circle or a polygon I get the usual red fillets and X’s on the outside of the face but nothing is generated. Other complex faces work fine. How do I apply this tool to circles or Polygons?

EDIT: I will just use the offset tool for these faces.

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