ChopSaw: Simulate a ChopSaw on your ShopBot

Overview...This beta of a new Virtual Tool simulates a ChopSaw, to crosscut, cut miters, and cut grooves at any angle up to 89 degrees from perpendicular. The board must be parallel to the X axis and all angles are relative to the Y axis, so 0 degrees is a crosscut.

I struggled with how to define the depth of cut and the ZZeroing point, and decided that it makes more sense to have the depth referenced off of the table surface so the Z-zero point is at the table surface as well. That way you don't have to know the exact thickness of your material to be sure that you cut through, and can handle small variations in material thickness without redoing the file. This makes sense to me, but I can be persuaded to do it differently if there's a compelling reason to do it differently!

update 1/30/14: ShopSaw is now compliant for version 3.6.1 or later of the ShopBot control software


Contact info...Bill Young

Download size...16k

Project Type...Virtual Tool beta

Additional equipment/software required...None

Special instructions...Download the zip file from the link below and unzip it. You can put this file anywhere that you want and then click to run. The part file that's created is saved in the same folder as the

Known Issues...None



Download the ChopSaw


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