Importing Custom Lathe Tool from a Level

Importing Custom Lathe Tools from a Level

 

Tool geometry must be drawn on its own level separate of all other entities.

To open the Level Manager; select Level from the bottom ribbon bar

 

Level manager

 

Create a new level and name it ‘Custom Tool.’ Set this level to be the main level as the tool will be drawn at this level.

 

Create new level

 

Draw the custom tool with the tip of the tool on X0,Y0. A custom lathe tool must be drawn with two chains in two different colours.  One chain represents the tool’s body and the second represents the tool’s insert or cutting edge. Each chain must be drawn as a continuous chain, meaning there can be no overlaps or duplicate entities.

 

Draw custom tool

  

Toolpaths > Lathe Tool Manager

 

 Lathe Tool Manager

 

 Right Click in the upper window of the Tool Manager and select Create new tool

 

Create New Tool

 

 Custom Tool

 

Custom Tools

 

Select the Geometric Tool Orientation in TOP Plane and Tool Orientation in Turret that apply to this custom tool.  Under the Tool Geometry select the Level that the custom tool geometry is created in.

 

Tool Geometry

 

Under the Tool Type tab indicate the tool type (General turning / Thread / Groove / Boring bar / Drilling)

 

Tool Types

 

Under the Parameters tab set program, default cutting parameters and tool name.

Select the Accept  to Accept.

 

Parameters

 

 Import and link to custom geometry from a level

 

Import and link to geometry

 

Select Custom level > OK  OK Button

 

Custom tool

 

The custom tool will now displayed. Select Next  Next Button

 

Select Next

 

Set the Operation and General Properties then select Finish  Finish Button

 

Operation and General Properties

 

Right click on custom tool and select Save Tool to library

 

Save to Tool Library

 

Browse to the desired library and Save  Save Button

 

Browse tool library

 


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Sandy McClintock

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