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
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.
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.
Toolpaths > Lathe Tool Manager
Right Click in the upper window of the Tool Manager and select Create new tool
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.
Under the Tool Type tab indicate the tool type (General turning / Thread / Groove / Boring bar / Drilling)
Under the Parameters tab set program, default cutting parameters and tool name.
Import and link to custom geometry from a level
Right click on custom tool and select Save Tool to library
Presented by Sandy McClintock, Applications Support Specialist
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