I am using Estlcam to do my CNC millings and I would be very interested in finding a way to “cheat” the software so that I can make something like the attached shape. Not exactly this shape but the idea is to be able to mill vertically into the material in a double-curvature way. The end mill to use would be something like this with a shank (much) smaller than the spherical mill itself thus allowing for such milling:
Some have suggested two-sided milling - but this will not really solve the challenge as it still doesn’t allow for milling vertically into the material … I hope you can visualize this …
The main “issue” I guess is that Estlcam does not allow for an end mill of this type. However, I hope there may be a way to make it work with such an end mill.
Might any of you know how this can be done? If not in Estlcam maybe there is a work-around in another program that can output the g-code to Estlcam?
Thanks for reading and maybe suggesting