Auxiliary Technologies

In some special cases, the bridge and the fly-cut functions help you complete your jobs easier, make cutting processes more efficient, and get better results.

Bridge

The bridge function adds small joints between contours, makes them connecting with each other.

Parts Before Bridging
Parts After Bridging

This function is often used in two situations. First, to collect several parts together after cutting. In this case, you make the parts which are related with each other and are in composition of a set. By adding bridges between them, they will be connected with each other after cutting and be easy to get in order.

Select the command Bridge in Home.

Bridge Parts

Set the bridge width in the pop-up dialog and click the button OK to start setting bridges.

Set Bridges

Click and drag a line crossing both contours to set a bridge there. Press the Esc key or select the command Cancel Bridge Joint in the context menu to cancel the command.

Second, to keep the inner pieces from being apart on openworks. For example, when cutting out some openwork letters and numbers on a plate, you need to add bridges there to keep them complete.

Bridge OpenWork

Fly-cut

You can use the fly-cut function to get a much more efficient cutting process when cutting an array of rectangles or circles.

Select the array of rectangles and then select the command FlyCut in Home or select the command Linear FlyCut in the pulldown-menu Home>FlyCut.

Rectangular Fly-cut

Set parameters in the pop-up dialog and click the button OK to complete the operation.

The outlines of the rectangles will be broken up and re-arranged, all the horizontal outlines will be cut in order in a linear way, same to all the vertical outlines. You can use the simulation function to check it out and get more sense about it, refer to Check Technology for more information.

Rectangular Fly-cut Result
Rectangular Fly-cut Result

Select the array of circles and then select the command FlyCut in Home or select the command Circle FlyCut in the pulldown-menu Home>FlyCut.

Circular Fly-cut

Set parameters in the pop-up dialog and click the button OK to complete the operation. The start positions and the directions of the cutting paths will be changed to accommodate the arrangement to get the most efficient cutting process.

Circular Fly-cut Result

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