Edit a Tool in the Resource List

task target This task shows you how to edit a tool that is already used in your document.
scenario 1. To edit a tool in the resource list, right-click it and select Edit NC Resources.
The Tool Definition dialog box is displayed allowing you to edit the tool's geometric, technological, cutting condition,  and compensation characteristics.

2. If needed, enter a new name for the tool.  You can also assign a comment.
3. If needed, use the spinner to increment the Tool number.
4. Click More to expand the dialog box to access the Geometry, Technology, Feeds & Speeds, and Compensation tab pages.
5. You can specify the tool geometry in two ways:
  • Double-click the geometric parameter that you want to modify in the 2D viewer, and enter the desired value in the Edit Parameter dialog box that appears
  • or enter the desired values in the Geometry tab.

The icon representation of the tool is updated with these values.

6. Click the Technology tab and enter the desired values for the tool's technological parameters. 

7. Click the Feeds & Speeds tab and enter the desired values for the tool's cutting conditions. You can choose between Cutting speed (linear) or Spindle speed (angular) value.

scenario Note 1: For machining operations and associated tools handling finish or rough parameters, the finishing rotation speed can now be a Finishing cutting speed or a Finishing spindle speed and the roughing rotation speed can be a Roughing cutting speed or a Roughing spindle speed.

Note 2: The units associated to each attribute are set using the Tools > Options > General > Parameters & Measure > Units tab page.

  • For cutting speed, you can to choose the industry standard unit you are accustomed to: m/mn or ft/mn. Cutting speed is a linear value.
  • For spindle speed, the unit is turn/mn. Spindle speed is an angular value.

Cutting speed and spindle speed are related as follows (when tool diameter units are in mm):

spindle speed = cutting speed * 1000 / (Pi * tool diameter)

See Feeds and Speeds for more information.

Note 3: The Feedrate attribute used in previous releases is replaced by Feedrate per tooth. The Feedrate attribute represents the global feedrate of the tool.

If you modify global Feedrate, the Feedrate per tooth is updated according to the formula:

feedrate per tooth = global feedrate / number of flutes

Feedrate per tooth cannot be edited directly in the Feeds & Speeds tab.

8. If tool compensation is required, click the Compensation tab.

You can either edit an existing compensation site or add another site, if other sites are proposed. See Specify Tool Compensation for more information.

  • Right-click the desired line to either edit or add tool compensation data. The Compensation Definition dialog box appears.
  • Enter the desired values for the tool's compensation sites. 

See Specify Tool Compensation for more information.

9. Click OK to accept the modifications made to the tool.
scenario A CATPart or CATProduct representation can be assigned to the tool by right-clicking the tool node in the Resource List and selecting NC Resources > Add User Representation.

When a Photo or Video simulation is done, the CATPart is searched for sketches representing the profiles of cutting and non-cutting parts of the tool.

Please refer to user-defined tool profiles in simulation for the rules for defining these profiles.

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