One enduser have tons of tools enclosed in the format of Mastercam tool library
I was wondering how to import Mastercam tool library into NX CAM?
I think the tool manager in mastercam has an export to text function. After that you can bring th text file in maybe excel and make a macro or two to get it into the coorrect format to add to an NX ascii tool library. I don't know of any existing programs to do this automatically.
Having been at shops that use both, I also wish this existed. Problem is each software and version can have changes in the library causing problems when attempting to translate.
I searched extensively looking for a utility like this and found nothing.
I hope one day there will be some sort of standard developed for tools where you can enter a string of text that is recognized by all cam softwares, and would then generate the tool based on those parameters. Sort of like a .stp file for tooling. I know Kennametal and other manufactures are working on something, but I feel by the time all the softwares adopt it and it is up and running, I will be long retired. And I still have some 30 years to go!!!!
I'm currently translating library from Tebis to NX (tools and holders - a lot of them actually)
For some parts of it I'm writing simple scripts with C#, and some with NX Open. It is not "single click" solution - but this way I will get tool library imported to NX semi automatically.
If you are interested - you can contact me, I can do it as a service: http://ncmatic.com/contact/
Development: C#, Tcl/Tk, CSE
Before I assume you know this, but there is a version of MRL for "native" users. You still run TC in the background, but the NC program parts & etc. are all still native files.
Production: NX10.0.3.5 MP16/TC11.2
I'd rather be e-steamed than e-diseaseled
I am not sure what you mean by "native." We do not have Teamcenter here and probably never will. Are you saying the resource library can be used?
Does it work independently of Teamcenter?
I don't have much experience with this, but as far as I understand, you would still need a server with TC and MRL installation. Then you should be able to connect native NX to MRL (without full integration, and no need of installing TC client on users computers).
Here is demo of this approach: https://community.plm.automation.siemens.com/t5/Tech-Tips-Knowledge-Base-NX-Manufacturing/Manufactur...
in my imagination, it would be perfect if tool vendors would host such MRL database in a cloud, and users could access always most up to date version.
Development: C#, Tcl/Tk, CSE
Hopefully teamcenter will not be needed. Many small shops will be left out of the equation. There are low end CAM softwares that are already playing with this idea. Best would be if holders and tools used the same format, you could then drag and drop and change them just like in the real world.
I did not to be off of original topic, but if a standard did exist, a conversion tool would not even be needed. The need is there, there just has to be more of an incentive.
I am surprised tooling suppliers have not partnered more with CAM softwares. If had an entire library, I would be buying more tools from that company just because I would not have to define them.
There is a standard already in place for tooling libraries. DIN4000 / ISO 13399
MRL takes full advantage of this and does have access to tooling vedors full catalogs on the cloud.
One of the comments above mentioned the cost of TC and MRL and it's implimentation but nobody thinks about the costs of not having a managed environment, expecially in CAM, where this is so much more to manage and the cost of small mistakes, wrong file, disjointed systems etc. costs huge amounts of time and money.