Path Contour

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Path Contour.svg Path Contour

Menu location
Path → Contour
Default shortcut
Introduced in version
See also


The Path Contour.svg Path Contour tool creates a simple external contour cut of complex 3D Workbench Part.svg Part-based objects. The entire Job Model serves as the input for the Operation--regardless of whether any Body Geometry is selected when the Contour command is invoked. A Start point can be enabled from the Operation editor, using a location defined in the Property viewStart Points

The Path Contour object is made to be part of a Path Job.svg Path Job



  1. Invoke the Path Contour command several ways:
    • Press the Path Contour.svg Contour button in the Path toolbar
    • Use the Path → Path Contour.svg Contour from the Path menu.
  2. Adjust the desired properties



Base Geometry

  • Add, if not already done, the elements which should be the base for the path
    • you can also delete or change to other elements


  • DataStart Depth: Starting Depth of Tool- starting depth in Z
  • DataFinal Depth: Final Depth of Tool- lowest cutting level in Z
  • DataStep Down: Step Down of Tool- the amount of material which will be removed at once


  • DataSafe Height: The height above the workpiece where rapid motions are allowed.
  • DataClearance Height: The height needed to clear clamps and obstructions


  • DataTool Controller: Defines the Tool controller used in the Operation
  • DataCut Side: Defines on which side the cut should be done
  • DataDirection: Specifies a CW or CCW move for the cut
  • DataExtra Offset: Added to the tool diameter to leave some material for a finish path
  • DataUse Start Point: Set the start point of the path manually (not implemented yet)
  • DataUse Compensation: Creates a path with offset of the tool radius to respect the parts dimensions



See also: FreeCAD Scripting Basics.


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