||This task shows you
how to edit the tool of a machining operation. A machining operation always
has a tool assigned to it (default tool, for example).
You can modify this tool in several ways:
||Double-click a machining operation (a Pocketing operation,
for example) in the program. The machining operation dialog box appears. Select
the Tooling tab page
then select the Tool tab
||To create a new tool:
If you want to change tool type, select the icon corresponding to the desired
tool type. In this case the corresponding tool representation appears in the
- Double-click the geometric parameter that you want to modify in the
2D viewer, then enter the desired value in the Edit Parameters dialog box
that appears. Modify other parameters in the same way. The tool representation
is updated to take the new values into account.
- Click More to expand the dialog box to access all the tool's parameters.
Modify the values as desired.
- Use the spinner to increment the Tool number.
- Enter a name for the new tool.
||To select a tool that is already
used in the document:
- Select the button opposite Name.
- Select the desired tool from the list of tools already used in your
- The tool representation is displayed in the 2D viewer. It can be edited
as described above.
||To select another tool by means of a query:
- In the Look in list, specify where you want to search
for the tool:
- If you want to change tool type, select the icon corresponding to the
- You can do a quick search in the Simple tab page by
means of a character string on the tool name or a value for the tool's nominal
diameter. The tools meeting the simple search criteria are listed.
- Select the desired tool from the list and click OK.
The tool representation is displayed in the 2D viewer. It can be edited
as described above.
- You can search a tool using finer constraints by selecting the
Advanced tab page.
The example below shows the result of a search for a tool with body diameter
between 8mm and 12mm in the catalog ToolsSample02.
||Click OK to confirm using this
new tool in the operation.
||The new tool, selected from a tool catalog or an external
tool database, will not be used in the operation:
- if the tool number of the new tool already exists in the Resource List
- if the new tool does not exist in the Resource List.
Cutting conditions (feeds and speeds) can be included in a tool catalog
and in the TDM. Please refer to Feeds and Speeds
for more information.
The TDM can allow several cutting speed and
feedrate data for each tool. This information is displayed at tool selection
The feed and speed information of the selected tool is used in the machining
Realistic DXF user representation of tools can
be selected from the TDB. These can be used in tool path replay as well as
Photo and Video simulations.