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Tip for getting a solid model of a tool

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You can get a solid model of the tool if needed.form-tool.JPG

 

1. Save the file you’re currently working in if you decide you do not want the tool

2. Verify the tool path or edit the existing tool, make sure to click OK when done.

3. Select Add component, you may need to activate Assemblies.  The tool will be available as a component.  Add the tool as a component

4. Switch to Modeling and make the tool file the displayed part

5. One important note!!! Since you added the tool as a component you
cannot save it, it will be read-only. You need to do a save-as and since it was added as a component you will be prompted to save the manufacturing file as well. You can cancel the menu at this point.

6. You will get a message asking if you want the save-as to continue, click Yes 

John Joyce, Manufacturing Engineer,
Senior Aerospace Connecticut
www.senioraeroct.com
Production: NX10.0.3.5, Vericut 8.0.3
Development: Tcl/Tk
Testing: NX11.0.2.7
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A few dates ago, in the SFB was another possible solution...

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A few dates ago, in the SFB was another possible solution.

I have attached a video with this approach. I have renamed the file as .zip because it is not allowed to post a file with .7z extension, please rename the file removing the .zip and put a .7z.

 

Regards

Frank.

Re: A few dates ago, in the SFB was another possible solution...

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Frank,

The only thing the video did not not show is how they got the tool model to start with.
John Joyce, Manufacturing Engineer,
Senior Aerospace Connecticut
www.senioraeroct.com
Production: NX10.0.3.5, Vericut 8.0.3
Development: Tcl/Tk
Testing: NX11.0.2.7

Re: A few dates ago, in the SFB was another possible solution...

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Sorry for that, but is very simple, only pick the tool in the Machine tool view.

Re: A few dates ago, in the SFB was another possible solution...

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Got it Thanks
John Joyce, Manufacturing Engineer,
Senior Aerospace Connecticut
www.senioraeroct.com
Production: NX10.0.3.5, Vericut 8.0.3
Development: Tcl/Tk
Testing: NX11.0.2.7

I use Pattern Files to represent tools while using NX Cam...

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I use Pattern Files to represent tools while using NX Cam. I create custom tool part files (.prt file) then convert them to a pattern files (.fac file) and store them (the .prt and .fac files) in a folder located in directory c:\ tool_pattern.

 

I then set them up as a custom reuse library in File Utilities Customer Defaults, in Gateway_Reuse Library, in Native NX, Libraries Organized by Native Folder integer input native path. Examples:

Standard Parts l $GUII_BASE_DIR/ugii/Reuse Library/Standard Parts

MTD CAM LIBRARY l C:/Cam_reuse_Library

MTD TOOL PATTERNS l C:/tool_pattern

 

You can then use a solid or silhouette in the same time by using the pattern settings in the Edit Display, Display options, Tool, Pattern integer box = specify,Pattern File = Specific tool being used, Example: C:\tool_pattern\pm1\pm1_780ball_shrt.prt,

Frequency = display point count

Delta XYZ used as tool offset synchronization if needed.

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Re: I use Pattern Files to represent tools while using NX Cam...

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I have used patterns in the past. If I have a custom tool I will add it to the tool library and graphics folders. Then I can us the tool path visualize to display the solid model of the tool during the verify. In my opinion this works better than a pattern and you can measure from the tool or holder to the model to check for clearances etc.
John Joyce, Manufacturing Engineer,
Senior Aerospace Connecticut
www.senioraeroct.com
Production: NX10.0.3.5, Vericut 8.0.3
Development: Tcl/Tk
Testing: NX11.0.2.7

Re: I use Pattern Files to represent tools while using NX Cam...

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Yes I use the solid integer in Verify Tool Path too.
I use SIMCO Edit, MDC MAX Client, DNC MAX Client, and VeriCut too.
I use the SIMCO mostly now when a controller error is read, usually a compensation error due to small broken parameters in the model.

I use tool validation checks in NX to measure for interference. I like the validation in NX because when there are issues with the tools, holders, clamps, etc., gouging, collisions or even imperfections in the model or tool paths it will call up warnings and notify you of these discrepancies. I like that I can interface with the control settings to control how much interference and tolerance I am looking for within the programs tool templates, objects and modeled assemblies.

I use the tool visuals for quick reference to double check that I have selected the correct tool because I have so many in different lengths. I like that I can use a solid or a silhouette to visualize then turn the tool off in tool display quickly and move on with programming.
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Re: I use Pattern Files to represent tools while using NX Cam...

Patterns are an old option - I would expect solid tools to be used now.
Is there a reason you are using patterns instead of tool graphics?

One thing about the old pattern display - it was set in the operation, and had no connection to the tool. So if you change the tool for the operation, the old pattern will still be displayed. The library tool graphics are tied to the tool.

Mark Rief
Retired Siemens

Re: I use Pattern Files to represent tools while using NX Cam...

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MY tools in my libraries are their own operations. There for all tools and there operations have their own associativity embedded within them so when my tool is changed with a new tool from my library it is its own entity with all the amenities of the cam operations they were created from. . They are solids I can use them in either spectrum as is indicated in the attachments. My set up dose not operate as you suggest. This is how I was able to program large part files with a inferior computer without much memory.
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