Woodshop CNC .tap file creation

From SOLIDWORKS

  1. Save your part in solidworks as a .sldpart

  2. Select your name in top right> preferences > set z up

  3. Select Show data panel > new project >enter name > open project > upload your .sldpart

  4. Open part that has been uploaded and ensure that z is up, if not rotate the part

  5. click design > manufacturing

  6. select the 2D drop down:

  7. 2D adaptive clearing for slots or holes

  8. 2D contour for cutting material out of the sheet

From Fusion360



  1. Create your part, ensuring that z is up

  2. click design > manufacturing

  3. select the 2D drop down:



  1. 2D adaptive clearing for slots or holes

  2. 2D contour for cutting material out of the sheet

Adaptive clearing

  1. Select bottom contour of each hole to cut

  2. Then go to tool in the 2D adaptive side bar, and click select

  3. Select the tool that you will use, if you don't have one select new mill tool

  4. Create the tool you are going to use, normally flat end mill, and set the rest of the tool settings

  5. Select OK, and then select the tool you have just created

  6. Set the spindle speed and cutting feederate appropriately, according to the chart

  7. Skip the height menu, go to passes

  8. if cut is more than 1/8", use multiple passes to reduce heat.

  9. Uncheck "stock to leave"

  10. Go to linking, if your project will leave parts cut out without support, leave tabs to support project

  11. Select OK, and then right click the tool path, and simulate to ensure the path is correct.

2D Contour


select bottom contour of the outside perimeter

  1. then go to tool in the 2D contour, and click select

  2. Select the tool that you will use, if you don't have one select "new mill tool"

  3. Create the tool you are going to use, normally "flat end mill", and set the rest of the tool settings

  4. Select OK, and then select the tool you have just created

  5. Set the spindle speed and cutting feederate appropriately, according to the chart. Generally a bit slower than the Adaptive clearing, about 3/4 the speed.

  6. if your project will leave parts cut out without support, leave tabs to support project

  7. In the geometry tab, select Tabs



  1. The tab should be at least the height of 2 passes, larger parts require more/larger tabs.

  2. Skip height menu, go to passes

  3. if cut is more than 1/8", use multiple passes to reduce heat.

  4. Uncheck "stock to leave"

  5. Select OK, and then right click the tool path, and simulate to ensure the path is correct.

Generating the .tap file

  1. Under setups> select the setup you have created.

  2. Select simulate and ensure that all tool paths are correct

  3. now Right click your setup and select Post Process

  4. Now, select the post processor to use.

To setup a new post processor for the woodshop cnc:

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  1. Download the post processor above, (open the link, ctrl+ s to save the file)

  2. In the post process window, select setup, then Use personal post library

  3. This will change the folder to one on the local machine, copy the custom post processor to the config folder

  4. Under Post configuration, select All Vendors then select the NWA Piranha / NWA Piranha_new post processor

  5. Set the output folder to somewhere you can find, then ensure that the NC extension is set to .tap

  6. Under Program Settings, set the Program name or number, then set the Document unit to Inches

  7. Now select Post

  8. Fusion360 will give you an explorer window, select where you want to save the file to (generally a usb drive)


Using the .tap file

  1. Transfer the .tap file to the computer connected to the woodshop CNC

  2. Refer to this page to run the .tap file

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