Path Job

    From FreeCAD Documentation

    Path Job.svg Path Job

    Menu location
    Path → Job
    Default shortcut
    P J
    Introduced in version
    See also
    Path Post, Path Postprocessor Customization


    The Path Job.svg Job tool creates a new Job object in the active document. The Job object contains the following information:

    1. A list of Tool-Controller definitions, specifying the geometry, Feeds, and Speeds for the Path Operations Tools.
    2. A Workflow sequential list of Path Operations.
    3. A Base Body—a clone used for offset.
    4. A Stock, representing the raw material that will be milled to Path Workbench.
    5. A SetupSheet, containing inputs used by the Path Operations, including static values and formulas.
    6. Configuration parameters specifying the output G-Code job's destination path, file name, and extension, and the postprocessor (used to generate the appropriate dialect for the target CNC Controller, and customize Units, Tool Changes, Parking, etc.).


    1. There are several ways to invoke the command:
      • Press the Path Job.svg Path Job button.
      • Select the Path → Path Job.svg Job option from the menu.
      • Use the keyboard shortcut: P then J.

    The Job GUI dialog box has five horizontal aligned tabs: General, Output, Setup, Tools, and Workplan. The user can at anytime utilize the OK or Cancel options within the dialog.


    Job 1.jpg

    • Label: The label of the Job as displayed in the tree view.
    • Model: The Base Object which defines by its shape the paths of the job. If it is a Part Design object it is usually the Body which you select here. If you have an element selected in the tree before you click the "Add Job" icon that element is already entered here. You can change it by selecting a different element from the dropdown menu.
    • Description: You can add some notes to the job here. Notes are only for your information and have no effect on the path.


    Job 2.jpg

    • Output File: Set the name, extension, and the file path of the G-Code output. You can use the following placeholders:
      • %D directory of the active document
      • %d name of the active document (without extension)
      • %M user macro directory
      • %j name of the job


    Job 3.jpg

    • Stock: set the size and shape of the raw material.
    • Orientation: Selected Edge or Face is used to orient Base or Stock accordingly.
    • Alignment: select a Vertex to set origin or move Base or Stock


    Job 4.jpg

    Add the tool(s) from your Tooltable which you need for the operations at this job.

    After adding a tool, you can set/change the feedrate and spindle speed if you need a different feedrate in this job. A change here doesn't change the parameters stored in the tooltable.

    The default tool you can delete if you have a own tool added.


    Job 5.jpg

    If you have a job which contends more than one path operation, you can determine in which order the operations should be done. To reorder, select a operation an push the up or down button.