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.




 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

Presented by Sandy McClintock, Applications Support Specialist

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