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How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

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Hello all,

 

I'm a newbie in NX Cam. I just have a question.

Since every time I have to start create all of new Tools. I'm wondering how can I create and store at same place.

 

So everytime I just access the libary and retrieve them? Please help! I'm very appreciated.

 

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Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

Hello!

Every NXCAM-Instalation has the easiest Library you can think. The path is

e.g. C:\Ugs\NX10\MACH\resource\library\tool\metric\tool_database.dat

In this ASCII-file you can define all tools you want.

Or do you want to have your tools everytime present in you CAM-File? The easiest way is to define them in the CAM-Setup-file for your machine.

Does this help?

 

Werner

Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

You usually create the tools in a NX part file and export them to the library from within the tools dialog.

Stefan Pendl, Systemmanager CAx, HAIDLMAIR GmbH
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Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

1) simplest (to me) to use...

Note when you create anything in CAM (operation or tool or geometry or whatever) it is coming from a "template" file (native mode in [install folder]\MACH\resource\template_part\... tree)

The list of what templates is available is specified in the OPT file (...\MACH\resource\template_set folder).

But EVERY part can act as a template.  E.g. when creating a tool, there is the list of ""mill_planar" and "holemaking" and "turning" - click on the "browse" button and find the part with the tool you want & import it.

 

2) text tool libraries (as mentioned above)

- define tools (and optionally holders) in a part

- make sure tool's library name is UNIQUE in the library

- export tool to library

- when you wnat to use it, import from the library

 

3) pre-define tools in your "seed" parts

I seldom start an NC program using an "as supplied" part.  Instead (for each machine, or group of machines) I create a part that has various settings set the way I want.  This part can include tools.

 

Ken

Ken Akerboom Sr CAx Systems Engr, Moog, Inc.
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP5 + patch/TC11.2
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Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

And if you have the on-line docs installed (or can reference them from the GTAC site), you might want to read/skim thru the section:

CAM -> Manufacturing general -> CAM customization

To see what you can customize in CAM, and how to go about doing it.

Ken Akerboom Sr CAx Systems Engr, Moog, Inc.
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP5 + patch/TC11.2
I'd rather be e-steemed than e-diseaseled


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Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning


Hoang wrote:

Hello all,

 

I'm a newbie in NX Cam. I just have a question.

Since every time I have to start create all of new Tools. I'm wondering how can I create and store at same place.

 

So everytime I just access the libary and retrieve them? Please help! I'm very appreciated.

 


To put tools in the library, Edit the tool > Export Tool to Library.

 

To retrieve the tool, Create Tool > Retrieve Tools from Library.

 

If you use the same tools in most or all of your programs, add them to the setup template, so that they are always there when you start a new program.

 

Mark Rief
Retired Siemens

Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

Thanks Jobe!

I saw tool_database.dat, but I still don't know how to use it. If you don't mind, can you please show me more details!

Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

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Thanks Stephan_Pendl / Ken_A,

 

After I created the tool and exported them to the Tool Library. Is there a way I can delete/modify this list? Because I want to get rid of all tools that I don't need and keep the tools which I'm gonna use the most.

 

Hoang

 

Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

Thanks MarkRief for your response.

Now I know how to Export Tool to Library.

I have another question is how to access this Library to delete/modify the list.

And for create a setup template, how can I do that?

Hoang

Re: How to create a Tool Library in NX Cam Turning

The tool library files are (if you haven't used ENV variables to point them elsewhere) kept in %UGII_BASE_DIR%\mach\resource\library\tool\...

(UGII_BASE_DIR is where you installed NX)

 

English tools in ...\tool\english\*.dat

Metric tools in ...\tool\metric\*.dat

 

These are text files, if you want you can directly edit them (add/delete rows) if you want to create tools in bulk.

I would NOT suggest adding/deleting columns until you know a LOT more about customizing NX.

 

Either delete or comment out (using "#") the tools you don't want.

Ken Akerboom Sr CAx Systems Engr, Moog, Inc.
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP5 + patch/TC11.2
I'd rather be e-steemed than e-diseaseled


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