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Advanced Settings for Engraving Fills

Advanced Settings allows you to set parameters for the engraver. Engraving fills share the same Advanced Settings.

Advanced Settings for Profile, Hatch, and Island Fill

Advanced Settings for Hole Fill

  1. From an engraving fill tab in DesignCentral, click Advanced.

    The Advanced Settings dialog box appears.

  2. In DesignCentral, adjust the following parameters:


    Selects the direction in which a path will be engraved. Choose the appropriate direction to ensure the smoothest edges. Options are Conventional, Climb, Clockwise, and Counter Clockwise. (See Showing Path Directions for more information.)



    Conventional engraves Inset and Offset tool paths so that parts will have a smooth edge.

    • Inset will engrave counterclockwise for inside paths and clockwise for outside paths.
    • Offset will engrave counterclockwise for outside paths and clockwise for inside paths.

      Inside holes in text and objects will be cut in the opposite direction of the outside path.



    Conventional Inset

    Conventional Offset



    Climb engraves in the opposite way from Conventional and is typically used for materials such as heavy-grained wood and aluminum.



    Climb Inset

    Climb Offset



    Clockwise engraves clockwise for all paths.



    Clockwise Inset

    Clockwise Offset


    Counter Clockwise

    Counter Clockwise engraves counterclockwise for all paths.



    Counter Clockwise Offset

    Counter Clockwise Inset

    Specify Depth

    When checked, lets you enter values that will override the engraver settings.



    Specifies the total depth the tool will engrave.



    Specifies how deeply the tool will engrave on each pass to ensure that it does not remove too much material.



    Last, First, Both

    Lets you specify additional Stepdown values for Last, First, or Both passes. Lets you specify how deeply you want the tool to engrave on each pass.

    1. Total Depth: 1 in.

    2. First Pass (Optional)

    3. Stepdown

    4. Stepdown Remainder

    5. Last Pass (Optional)



    Specifies the amount of vertical distance the tool lifts between paths.

    Finishing Pass

    When checked, executes a final pass that removes a small amount of material to smooth the edges from the previous pass.



    Specifies the amount of material that the Finishing Pass removes.

    Tangential Entry

    When checked, the tool will begin outside the tool path and move toward the path in an arc or a line. This allows the tool to come up to speed and make a clean entry into the tool path.


    Tangential Entry, Line

    Tangential Exit

    When checked, the tool finishes the job and continues outside the tool path in an arc or a line. This allows the tool to power down and make a clean exit from the tool path.


    Tangential Exit, Arc



    Employs a curved arc of a specified radius.



    Employs a straight line of a specified length.

    Optimize start point

    When checked, automatically repositions the start point of each path to reduce the distance from the end point of one path to the start point of the next.

    Tangential entry and exits will occur at the object's optimized start point. Uncheck this option to use the object's original start point.

  3. Click OK.

See Also

Using Engraving Fills

Applying Profile Fill

Applying Hatch Fill

Applying Island Fill

Applying Hole Fill

Tool Library