Importing Custom Milling Tools into Mastercam Tool Manager – Mastercam 2017/2018

Note: At any point that (version) is present, enter/insert/reference the version of Mastercam in question.
ie. A path states as ‘C:\Program Files\mcam(version)\common’

Many custom tools are available for download as .DXF files from a supplier’s website.

Open Mastercam Tool ManagerMastercam Tool Manager Icon
(Start>All Programs>Mastercam(version)>Tool Manager)

File>Open File Open Icon

Select the tool library this tool will be stored in.
Tool libraries have the extension of .tooldb. The default location for these files is
C:\Users\Public\Documents\shared mcam(version)\mill\Tools\

From the New Milling toolbox, select Custom Tool.

New Milling Toolbox Window, Custom Tool

Import and link to custom geometry from a file

Define Tool Geometry Window

Select the .DXF file of the desired custom tool.

Make adjustments to the tool’s geometric parameters as needed. Then select Next.

Make Adjustments to Define Custom Tool Window

Make adjustments to the tool’s Operation / General parameters as needed. Then select Finish.

Finalize Miscellaneous Properties


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