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