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Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Accessing the ToolStore from EdgeCAM


Open the ToolStore by using the Tooling menus ToolStore command.
Alternatively, click

ToolStore on the Tooling toolbar.

You can also select tools from the ToolStore directly from both Operations and the Toolchange
command.

Overview

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Configuring the ToolStore


If you have any problems accessing the ToolStore, first make sure EdgeCAM is set up to allow you
access to the ToolStore.
From the Options menu, select Preferences and choose the Tool Libraries tab. EdgeCAM
displays a dialog that defines the locations of the ToolStore and the Tooling Database. Check the
Active box if you want to use a particular tool library.

Overview

ClickBrowse to find and select the location of the library.


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Tooling Database edgecam\cam\toollib\
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
Check the Round Feeds/Speeds box to automatically round values when loading the tool into
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
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Selecting and Viewing Tools


To select a tool record, simply click on it in the tool list, and click Select. This inserts a toolchange
command in EdgeCAM that uses the selected tool data. (Depending upon your preferences
described in Configuring the ToolStore the toolchange dialog will be displayed.)

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

Click on Cancel to leave the ToolStore without selecting a tool.


A right-hand mouse click on the panel calls up the context menu which offers you a selection of
commands to choose from.
To filter the list of tools, you can use the Filtering/Tools button on the right-hand side of the
panel to display the filter dialog which lets you specify exactly how to limit the list of displayed
tools. Once you have completed entering data into the filter, click Apply to display the filtered tool
list. See Filtering the ToolStore.

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Configuring the Display Columns


Right clicking in the record panel will open the context menu. Select the Columns option to open
the column configuration dialog containing a list of available columns for display. Check the
categories you want to display. You can use the up and down arrows in the centre of the dialog to
move a highlighted entry up and down the list. This will change its position in the window.

Overview

Once you have completed your configuration, click Apply. Select Cancel to close the configuration
dialog.
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Changing the Tool View


The right-hand side of the dialog shows a view of the tool, based on the current
records parameters. You can manipulate this view in several ways.
Rotate move mouse with left key depressed.

Overview

around x only - press the x key while rotating.

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manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
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for use within EdgeCAM.
Pan Shift+ moving the mouse with the left key depressed.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
Zoom either use the wheel mouse to zoom in and out or Alt+move mouse up or
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
down with left mouse key depressed.
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Default view double-click on top of the graphics view panel.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
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A black and white checked The tool graphics view

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You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

To display tool holders, ensure that the Show Holders command is checked. You can select this
command by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore dialog.

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Filtering the ToolStore


To filter with more precision, click Toolsto display the filter
dialog which lets you specify exactly how to limit the list of
displayed tools. Once you have completed entering data into
the filter, click Apply to display a filtered tool list.

Overview

EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
To return to the normal unfiltered view of the tool list, ensure that the
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
Use Filter button is not pressed.
for use within EdgeCAM.
See
Also data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
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Mill
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data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable
to EdgeCAM applications.
Turn Filtering
Please
note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
Hole
Filtering
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Mill Filtering
This tab allows you to specify exactly how to limit the list of displayed milling tools.
TheJob field allows you direct access to the Job Manager. Select a job
from the browse button.
Include Available Tools Check to show all tools suitable for this job.
If unchecked, only tools already selected for the job will be shown.

Overview

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Material This allows you direct access to the materials database. Select
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data
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a material
from
browse button.
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that data
the tools
displayed
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of cutting
material
selected.
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format
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databases
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never
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as this may render the database
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EdgeCAM
applications.
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specified
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past
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note
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Microsoft
2000
databases
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by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
The Exclude
button allows you to exclude the tools with specific
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
comments or notes.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data
management.
TheMinimum
and Maximum fields
define
the
range
for
a parameter.
You can select the
database
you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
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example,
enter
25
the
dialog and selecting the into
Database
Utilities, Location command.
Minimum field for Diameter to
restrict the display to show tools
equal to or larger than
25mm/inches in diameter.
If you press Tab after entering a Minimum number, this number is also entered in the Maximum field.
Location Choose between All or filtering on a particular machine tool.
TheAssignment buttons allows you to filter on tools generally available
in stores, tools allocated to a particular machine tool or unavailable tools.
Note that the parameters Location and Assignment are of equal
priority. If you want to see all tools at a particular location AND all
allocated tools select the location field and press Allocated. If you want
to see only those tools at a particular location DO NOT PRESS Allocated.
The drop down list at the bottom of the dialog allows you to narrow the
type of records that are displayed to visible or invisible tools only or to
display all tools.
To make invisible records visible, select only invisible tools from the
drop down list. The reactivated records will now be displayed in the tool
list. They can be edited to make some or all of them visible again.
Once you have completed entering data into the filter, click Applyto
display the filtered tool list. Select OK to close the filter dialog.

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Turn Filtering
This tab allows you to specify exactly how to limit the list of displayed turning tools.
TheJob field allows you direct access to the Job Manager. Select a job
from the browse button.
Include Available Tools Check to show all tools suitable for this job.
If unchecked, only tools already selected for the job will be shown.

Overview

EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
hascan
been
as an
TheTool Description
field
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used to find
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tool records tooling
startingdatabase, available during
manufacture
fromstring.
within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
with the sameand
search
for use within EdgeCAM.
Material This allows you direct access to the materials database. Select
To
avoid data
filethe
corruption,
ToolStore
data
should
only ever beapplied
edited so
in EdgeCAM applications.
a material
from
browse button.
Filters
will
be automatically
that data
the tools
displayed
are capable
of cutting
material
selected.
The
format
of ToolStore
databases
shouldthe
never
be edited
as this may render the database
unreadable
to
EdgeCAM
applications.
Include <Any> Material Check to include all tools that you have
specified
feeds
speedsAccess
for in the
past
(independent
of supported
a material).
Please
note
thatand
Microsoft
2000
databases
are not
by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
The Exclude
button allows you to exclude the tools with specific
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
comments or notes.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data
management.
CutDepth
These parameters filter on various parameters depending
on
the
turning
tool database
type:
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you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog
and
selecting
Turn
& Bore
tools the Database Utilities,
EdgeLocation
Length orcommand.
Inscribed Circle
Grooving, Parting & Threading tools
Reach
Location Choose between All or filtering on a particular machine tool.
TheAssignment buttons allows you to filter on tools generally available
in stores, tools allocated to a particular machine tool or unavailable tools.
Note that the parameters Location and Assignment are of equal
priority. If you want to see all tools at a particular location AND all
allocated tools select the location field and press Allocated. If you want
to see only those tools at a particular location DO NOT PRESS Allocated.
The drop down list at the bottom of the dialog allows you to narrow the
type of records that are displayed to visible or invisible tools only or to
display all tools.
To make invisible records visible, select only invisible tools from the
drop down list. The reactivated records will now be displayed in the tool
list. They can be edited to make some or all of them visible again.
Once you have completed entering data into the filter, click Applyto
display the filtered tool list. Select OK to close the filter dialog.

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Hole Filtering
This tab allows you to specify exactly how to limit the list of displayed drilling tools.
TheJob field allows you direct access to the Job Manager. Select a job
from the browse button.
Include Available Tools Check to show all tools suitable for this job.
If unchecked, only tools already selected for the job will be shown.

Overview

EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
hascan
been
as an
TheTool Description
field
bedesigned
used to find
all easy-to-use
tool records tooling
startingdatabase, available during
manufacture
fromstring.
within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
with the sameand
search
for use within EdgeCAM.
Material This allows you direct access to the materials database. Select
To
avoid data
filethe
corruption,
ToolStore
data
should
only ever beapplied
edited so
in EdgeCAM applications.
a material
from
browse button.
Filters
will
be automatically
that data
the tools
displayed
are capable
of cutting
material
selected.
The
format
of ToolStore
databases
shouldthe
never
be edited
as this may render the database
unreadable
to
EdgeCAM
applications.
Include <Any> Material Check to include all tools that you have
specified
feeds
speedsAccess
for in the
past
(independent
of supported
a material).
Please
note
thatand
Microsoft
2000
databases
are not
by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
The Exclude
button allows you to exclude the tools with specific
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
comments or notes.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data
management.
TheMinimum
and Maximum fields
define
the
range
for
a parameter.
You can select the
database
you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
For
example,
enter
25
the
dialog and selecting the into
Database
Utilities, Location command.
Minimum field for Diameter to
restrict the display to show tools
equal to or larger than
25mm/inches in diameter.
If you press Tab after entering a Minimum number, this number is also entered in the Maximum field.
Location Choose between All or filtering on a particular machine tool.
TheAssignment buttons allows you to filter on tools generally available
in stores, tools allocated to a particular machine tool or unavailable tools.
Note that the parameters Location and Assignment are of equal
priority. If you want to see all tools at a particular location AND all
allocated tools select the location field and press Allocated. If you want
to see only those tools at a particular location DO NOT PRESS Allocated.
The drop down list at the bottom of the dialog allows you to narrow the
type of records that are displayed to visible or invisible tools only or to
display all tools.
To make invisible records visible, select only invisible tools from the
drop down list. The reactivated records will now be displayed in the tool
list. They can be edited to make some or all of them visible again.
Once you have completed entering data into the filter, click Applyto
display the filtered tool list. Select OK to close the filter dialog.

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Creating and Editing Tools in the ToolStore


These buttons provide editing functions for the ToolStore database:
Create creates a new record in the database. The record
dialog opens on the General tab.

Overview

Edit allows you to change information on the selected


record. The record dialog opens on the General tab.
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and
fromwithin
operations.
Tools
can be
added,
removed, edited and finally selected
Delete
removes
the selected
record
from
the database.
for use within You
EdgeCAM.
are asked to confirm this choice.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
Copy adds a new record, based on the selected record.
The data format
ToolStore
databases
never be
Theofrecord
dialog
opens onshould
the General
tab.edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
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Also database should not be converted to this format.
ToolStore
Changing
the
Tool
View
A database
has
been
installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains
a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
Global
Edit
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Global Edit
This dialog allows you to edit several records at the same time.
If more then one record is selected and the Edit button is pressed you will be able to edit the
Comment,Tool Graphic and Holder Graphic information for all of the highlighted records.
Location Specify the location of the tool or browse for a machine tool to assign the tool to.

Overview

Assignment Use these buttons to make tools generally available in stores, allocate them to a
EdgeCAMs
particular
machine
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tool or
has
make
beenthem
designed
unavailable.
as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
Visible in list Uncheck this box to make records invisible and to shorten the list of displayed
for use within EdgeCAM.
records.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
If you click OK, any changes made in this dialog are committed to the database. If you click
The dataall
Cancel,
format
changes
of ToolStore
are ignored.
databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
See Also
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
User Defined Graphics
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Printing
The ToolStore provides a simple two-page wizard that lets you define a report layout and specify
where to print the report.
ClickPrint to display the first page of the wizard. This page allows you to define the layout of the
report. A sample report is shown here:

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog
and
selecting
the Database
Utilities,
Location
command.
The last
line
is the footer
that appears
on every
page, showing
the Date & Time,Page
Numbering, and the DatabaseName.
ClickNext to move to the second page of the print wizard. This allows you to define whether the
output should go to a printer or to a text file. When the report is output to a text file the columns
are delimited by commas so that the file can be read into spreadsheet packages such as Excel
(*.cvs files). The columns are padded with tabs to allow viewing in a standard text editor. It is also
possible to output the report to a * .htm file to produce web pages.

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General
This tab allows you to define general information on all tools.
If you click OK, any changes made in this tabbed dialog are committed to the database. If you
click Cancel, all changes are ignored.
ToolDescription Enter a name for the tool that will readily identify it in the ToolStore list.

Overview

Comment Add any relevant notes. This field is passed to the toolchange and can ultimately be
EdgeCAMs
output
into the
ToolStore
CNC code.
has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
Units Specify whether the tools dimensions are measured in Inches or Millimetres.
for use within EdgeCAM.
ToolType Select the type of tool. Only appropriate tool types are displayed.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
Jobs Provides a list of jobs this tool is associated to.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
Spindle
Direction
Specify
whether
spindle
rotates clockwise
(CLW)
or counter-clockwise
contains a
large number
of records
andthe
extra
functionality
is available
for you
to perform your own
(CCLW).
The button graphics change, depending on whether the record refers to a milling or
data management.
turning tool.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
Turret
Position
Specify
the position
that the
tool occupies
on the turret.
dialog and
selecting
the Database
Utilities,
Location
command.
Tool Offset Specify the register for the tool length offset.
The Tool Offset option will only be loaded into EdgeCAM if the tool length offset modifier has
been activated in the code generator with a user variable on modifier 69. All code generators
created from the Code Wizard will have this modifier set up.
Specification This field contains a link to a document of any type. This document can contain
information, such as a tooling specification sheet to be used at the time of tool assembly. You can
link to a document by simply clicking on the browse button to the right of the text box. Open the
document by clicking on the Open icon
which will be greyed out until a document has been
selected. The document type is not limited to word documents, for example you could use a .ppf
file.
Note that for Turning tools, you cannot change the spindle direction as it is a
function of the Hand of Tool (Geometry tab) and the loading of the tool (Mounting
tab).
Turret Position Specify the position that the tool occupies on the turret.
Tool Offset Specify the register for the tool length offset.
Note that the Tool Offset option will only be loaded into EdgeCAM if the tool length
offset modifier has been activated in the code generator with a user variable on
modifier 69. All code generators created from the Code Wizard will have this
modifier set up.
Default Priority - Assigns a sort priority to the toolchange and its associated
instructions. Rationalising by tool will then be performed by order of first use within
each priority group. All tools with the same priority will be sorted in order of first
use, followed by those with the next priority and so on in ascending numerical
order. In the Toochange dialog.(that you can open from the tool's entry in the
Instructions tab of the Browser) this value appears as the Sort Priority in the
More... tab.

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Visible in list Uncheck this box to make records invisible and to shorten the list of displayed
records.
See Also
Changing the Tool View

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Geometry
The geometry page defines the dimensions of the tool. The gold portion indicates the cutting area
and the silver portion represents the shank of the tool. The following links provide specific help
pages for each of the different tool categories:
Milling Tool Geometry
Turning Tool Geometry
Drilling Tool Geometry
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
Centre Cut When checked specifies that the tool can cut in a direction running along its axis
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
(such as a drill or slot drill). When unchecked specifies that the tool can only cut in a direction
for use within EdgeCAM.
perpendicular to the axis, or when ramping downwards.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
Max Plunge Value This is the maximum distance that the tool can plunge while moving
The data format
sideways
one toolofdiameter.
ToolStoreThis
databases
is specified
should
in the
never
units
be for
edited
the as
tool
this
- Inches
may render
or Millimeters.
the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Through Coolant Whether the tool can pass coolant through internal channels. Note that your
Pleasegenerator
code
note that(.mcp
Microsoft
etc file)
Access
will 2000
need databases
to be configured
are nottosupported
make useby
of EdgeCAM
this.
and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
Graphic The name of the .csv file to be used to represent the tool and shank geometry. Use the
A database
Browse
button
has been
to search
installed,
for existing
tstore.mdb
user containing
defined graphics
example
files.
tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
datamanagement.
Press here to start an EdgeCAM session in tool definition mode for the creation of tool
graphics.
If thethe
specified
.csvyou
file want
existstoituse
will by
be right-clicking
loaded into EdgeCAM,
otherwise
a new
file will be
You can select
database
on the title
bar of the
ToolStore
created
containing
a
tool
and
shank
outline
equivalent
to
the
parametrically
defined
shape
from
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
the ToolStore.

Overview

See Also
Changing the Tool View
User Defined Graphics

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Milling Tool Geometry


Back to Geometry

This tab allows you to define tools that can be used in EdgeCAM Milling cycles and operations.
For Taper tools, you only need to define three of these four parameters: Diameter, Included Angle,
Flute Length and Small Diameter. The fourth parameter is calculated and displayed automatically.
If the tip radius is defined and only two out of the four parameters used for the taper definition
(Diameter, Small Diameter, Included Angle or Flute Length) then the command assumes that the
EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
has been designed
asgeometry.
an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
tool is a ballnose.
This completely
defines the
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.

Overview

To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

For insert tools you could use the Flute Length to specify the height of the insert.
See Also
Changing the Tool View
User Defined Graphics

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Turning Tool Geometry


Back to Geometry

This tab allows you to define tools that can be used in EdgeCAM Turning cycles and operations.
StandardCode Shows the ISO or ANSI code for the Insert geometry. Define displays the code
control dialog. You can enter your code into the field before you press Define. When you press
Define this information is pulled through to the dialog.

Overview

Some
parameters
are mutually
exclusive
and
one needs to
be defined.
These
are: Edge
EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
has been
designed
asonly
an easy-to-use
tooling
database,
available
during
Length
or
Inscribed
Circle,
Symbol
or
Included
Angle,
Side
Angle
or
End
Angle
and
or
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited andfinally
finallyTPI
selected
Pitch.
The
other
parameter
is
automatically
calculated
and
displayed.
for use within EdgeCAM.
Insert
SpecifiesToolStore
the insertdata
thickness.
is passed
toEdgeCAM
the toolchange
dialog
To avoidThickness
data file corruption,
should This
only value
ever be
edited in
applications.
(User Graphics tab).
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
To
define back-boring
bars
enter Side Angle so that it is greater than 180 degrees.
unreadable
to EdgeCAM
applications.
Below
an example
turning tool.
Your selected
tool may look
depending
its type and
dimensions.
Pleaseisnote
that Microsoft
Access
2000 databases
aredifferent
not supported
byonEdgeCAM
and
that the

ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.


A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

Neutral tools are treated as right-handed tools.


See Also
Changing the Tool View
User Defined Graphics

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Turning Tool Orientation

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Drilling Tool Geometry


Back to Geometry

This tab allows you to define tools that can be used in EdgeCAM Milling and Turning cycles and
operations.

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
See Also
Changing the Tool View
User Defined Graphics

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Mounting
Gauge distances are entered in
machine tool space and therefore
depend on the orientation of the tool.

Overview

The cutting direction of the tool has a


high priority and so if you change the
Hand
Tool
(from the Geometry
tab),
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed
asofan
easy-to-use
tooling database,
available during
the ToolStore maintains the current
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
orientation and inverts the Reverse
for use within EdgeCAM.
check box.

To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data


should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The panel controlling the orientation of
the
tool
may have
outthis may render the database
The data format of ToolStore databases should never
be greyed
edited as
buttons. This is because internal tools
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
can only be loaded axially or reverseaxially.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases
are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted
to thisisformat.
Orthogonal
probably the most widely
used Gauge Point, but other settings

A database has been installed, tstore.mdb


containing example tools. The supplied database
have been provided if you want to use
contains a large number of records and extra
is available
them. functionality
Primary and Secondary
are for you to perform your own
data management.
usually used for grooving, to ensure
that the side of the tool is up against

You can select the database you want to the


useside
by of
right-clicking
the groove. on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
See Also Changing the Tool View

Reach For mill tools this is the maximum depth of pocket the tool can safely cut. For parting and
grooving tools this is the maximum depth of groove the tool can safely cut.
Graphic The name of the .csv file to be used to represent the holder for this tool. If required,
the same holder may be used on multiple tools. Use the Browse button to search for existing user
defined graphics files.
Press here to start an EdgeCAM session in holder definition mode for the creation of holder
graphics. If the specified .csv file exists it will be loaded into EdgeCAM, otherwise a new file will be
created to contain the holder shape on completion.
Offset The offset distance(s) from Shank CPL to Holder CPL can be entered here. For milling
tools a Z offset is required, for turning X and Z. In the turning environment, the use of a Y value
will allow the holder graphic to be staggered in that direction from the shank.
See Also
User Defined Graphics

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Allocation
Location Type in the location of the tool or press the Machine Tool button to select from a list
of available Code Generator files. You can type in any text string. However, if the tool is allocated
then the location should be the required Code Generator.
Assignment Use these buttons to make tools generally available in stores, allocate them to a
particular machine tool or make them unavailable.

Overview

EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Technology
The Technology tab of all tools in the ToolStore provides direct access to Material and Insert
records in the technology database. If you create a new tool, it should be properly defined before
moving to the Technology tab. Filters will be automatically applied to the records displayed
dependent upon the selected tool type.
To use Inserts in the ToolStore

Overview

To use Materials in the ToolStore


EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture
Values
loadedand
from
from
thewithin
Technology
operations.
database
Tools
are
can
shown
be added,
"greyed
removed,
out" as edited
they cannot
and finally
be directly
selected
for use These
edited.
within values
EdgeCAM.
are used by the system and are passed to EdgeCAM operations and cycles.
Rate
To
avoid
This
data
sliding
file corruption,
scale allows
ToolStore
you to adjust
data should
feed/speed
only ever
values
be for
edited
relatively
in EdgeCAM
longer/shorter
applications.
tool
life versus production rates. The nominal values stored in the database may be adjusted to suit
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
local requirements.
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
You can also specify default machining parameters for the tool under General and Finishing
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
conditions. These parameters are passed to the relevant EdgeCAM operations and cycles.
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
Feedrate Specifies the default feed rate.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains Feed
Plunge
a large
Specifies
number of
the
records
defaultand
plunge
extrafeed
functionality
rate.
is available for you to perform your own
data management.
Speed Specifies the default spindle speed.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
Depth Specifies the default depth to which the tool is to machine.
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
Depth of Cut values are passed to EdgeCAM cycles and are used in toolpath generation. If they are
used, then the values should be selected carefully to avoid problems with too fine or too coarse
settings.
If the Rate slider is used, then both General and Finish values are adjusted and these adjusted
values passed to EdgeCAM.
Specify the numeric value of the parameter, and the units in which the parameter is to be
measured. On loading the tool, these are converted to the current EdgeCAM units.
Please note that you can automatically round speeds and feeds on loading the tool into EdgeCAM
by checking the appropriate boxes on the Tool Libraries tab of the Preferences (Options menu)
dialog.
See Also Changing the Tool View

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Additional
In the additional tab you can enter and edit user numeric values and comment strings.
User Numeric 1 & 2 are available when developing code generators as the variables
TSTOREUSER1 and TSTOREUSER2. As of the Version 8.50 release the Code Wizard support is
limited to the Advanced Turning 'adaptive' templates; the tokens are TSTORE_USER1 and
TSTORE_USER2.

Overview

User String 1 & 2 are available when developing code generators as the variables
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
STRTSTOREUSER1 and STRTSTOREUSER2. As of the Version 8.50 release the Code Wizard support
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
is currently limited to the Advanced Turning 'adaptive' templates; the tokens are
for use within EdgeCAM.
TSTORE_STRING1 and TSTORE_STRING2.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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To use Inserts in the ToolStore


Select the Browse button next to the Inserts drop down list.

Overview

Select the required insert.


EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
The
technology
data
forwithin
the selected
insert
is now
to removed,
that tool. The
tooling
parameters
manufacture
and
from
operations.
Tools
canassigned
be added,
edited
and finally
selected
specified,
such
as
diameter
and
number
of
teeth,
will
be
used
to
calculate
feeds
and
speeds
for use within EdgeCAM.
required at the machine.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The cuttable materials will be available in a drop down list.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
When selecting inserts from the ToolStore, only inserts meeting all requirements will be
Please
note that
Microsoft
Access 2000
arethe
not number
supported
by EdgeCAM
thatinsert
the
presented
by the
filter mechanism.
Fordatabases
solid tooling
of teeth
specifiedand
in the
ToolStore
database
not beof
converted
to this
format.geometry specification. Where used,
record must
matchshould
the number
teeth in the
ToolStore
same has
ruledbeen
is applied
to diameter
andcontaining
diameter example
range parameters.
A this
database
installed,
tstore.mdb
tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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To use Materials in the ToolStore


Set the insert selection to <None>.
Press the Browsebutton next to the Material drop down list.

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for
usethe
within
EdgeCAM.
Select
required
material.
To
avoid data
filecan
corruption,
ToolStore
only ever
edited material.
in EdgeCAM
applications.
Technology
data
be entered
for thatdata
tool should
when cutting
thebe
selected
Once
this data
has
entered,
material
can be
selected
theas
Browse
option
and the
more
The been
data format
of another
ToolStore
databases
should
neverthrough
be edited
this may
render
database
technology
unreadable entered.
to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
If an insert
record should
is subsequently
linked toto
this
tool,
the directly entered data will be
ToolStore
database
not be converted
this
format.
overwritten if that insert has technology data for this material.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Notes
This tab allows you to add any relevant notes, it can be used in conjunction with or instead of the
specification sheet option. These notes will also be displayed in the Job Reports pages.
Information stored in the Notes field could include:
how the tool is assembled

Overview

where the
tool or parts
of thedesigned
tool is located
EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
has been
as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture
and
from
within
operations.
Tools
can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
any special considerations
for use within EdgeCAM.
Use
the Subject
to include
notes indata
the should
columns
displayed
the tool
list. Please
note that
To avoid
data file field
corruption,
ToolStore
only
ever beinedited
in EdgeCAM
applications.
only the text in the Subject field not the whole of the Notes field will be displayed in the
The
dataThe
format
of ToolStore
databases
should
be edited
thisAlso
maysee
render
the database
column.
maximum
number
of characters
fornever
the text
string as
is 40.
Configuring
the
unreadable
to
EdgeCAM
applications.
Display Columns.
Please note
Microsoft
Accessa 2000
areof
not
supported
EdgeCAM
that theby
Notes
File that
This
field contains
link todatabases
a document
any
type. Youbycan
link to aand
document
ToolStorethe
database
be converted
totext
thisbox.
format.
pressing
Browseshould
buttonnot
to the
right of the
Open the document by clicking on the
Open
icon which
will be
greyed tstore.mdb
out until a document
been selected.
A database
has been
installed,
containinghas
example
tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You
can select
the
youofwant
to useopens
by right-clicking
on the title
bar that
of the
ToolStore
ThePrint
button
atdatabase
the bottom
the dialog
a simple two-page
wizard
lets
you define
dialog
and
selecting
the
Database
Utilities,
Location
command.
the report layout and where to print the report. For further information about printing the report,
seePrinting.

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Database Utilities
TheDatabase Utilities command offers the following options:
Location Allows you to browse for the required ToolStore database file, e.g. Tstore.mdb
Where job instructions are held in a ToolStore database, they will be placed in a separate .mdb file
named after the base ToolStore file with a jbi_ prefix. When selecting a new ToolStore database
please ensure that you do not inadvertently select the jbi_ file.

Overview

Compact Compresses
EdgeCAMs
ToolStore has
thebeen
current
designed
database
as an
to save
easy-to-use
disc space.
tooling
Compressed
database,database
available files
during
can
manufacture
still
be used by
and
the
from
ToolStore
within applications.
operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
Import Allows you to select another database and to import records from that into the current
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
database.
Please note that this command only acts upon the main ToolStore database. Job instructions data
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
will not be imported.
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
After selection of the database file you will be presented with a number of options:
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore
Import
database
Technology
shouldRecords
not be converted
(Default ON)
to this
Checking
format. this box selects all materials,
standards, inserts and cutting data for import. Note that all records will be imported, both
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
visible and non-visible.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
dataImport
management.
Toolkit Records (Default ON) Checking this box selects all job, tool and mounting
records for import. Note that all records will be imported, both visible and non-visible.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog
Overwrite
and selecting
existing
the Database
duplicateUtilities,
records (Default
LocationOFF)
command.
Checking this box causes any records
with the same description as a record in the database being imported to be overwritten. If
unchecked, records with a duplicate description will not be imported.
You must take care that the two databases are compatible with one another. If two databases
having records that are different in some way but with identical descriptions are merged, then
other records in the database may now be linked to different data values. For example material
or insert records of the same description may connect to different speeds and feeds in a
technology record. Only the description field is compared to decide whether a record is a
duplicate.
Remove Imported Records from the Selected ToolStore (Default OFF) If this field is
checked then records successfully imported will be deleted from their original database. This
can be useful as a check that all records were taken across as any that were rejected, as
duplicates will be left in the database file. The backup will still contain everything that was in
the file before data transfer began.
Note that both databases will be automatically backed up BEFORE any data transfer takes place.
Backup Creates a backup copy of the current database. Note that this will be given a file name
constructed from the name of the current database and the date and time of the backup.
Restore Reloads the selected database into the application, replacing the one currently in use.
Note that this will result in any data entered since the last backup in this session being lost.
Alternatively, you can restore the database by deleting the unwanted database file and renaming
the backup copy to the original name.
When using the Backup and Restore utilities, you must take extreme care to select the correct
ToolStore file to restore from. Use of an out-of-date backup file may result in more recent data
being lost. If a jbi_file is inadvertently selected no action will result.
For further information see Job Instructions.

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User Defined Graphics


The ToolStore allows user defined graphics to be used to represent tools in machining sequences
within EdgeCAM. Where no user defined information is given a simple outline of the tool based on
its size parameters within the ToolStore will be used.
The shape(s) representing any part of the tool (cutter\shank\holder) may be made up of a
combination of arcs and straight-line segments.

Overview

It is permissible for tools to be used without a holder graphic and for tools with cutting tip and
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
shank represented by standard parameterisation to have a user defined holder graphic.
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use
Note
that
within
holder
EdgeCAM.
and tool names containing double-byte characters cannot be loaded into Verify.
Loading
To
avoiduser
datadefined
file corruption,
graphicsToolStore
into Verify
data
canshould
slow down
only the
eversimulation
be edited process
in EdgeCAM
and obscure
applications.
the
material being cut. You can specify not to take user defined graphics into Verify by ensuring that
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
theOutput User Defined Graphics option on the Verify tab of the Preferences (Options menu)
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
dialog is unchecked.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
To display tool holders, ensure that the Show Holders command is checked. You can select this
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
command by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore dialog.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
In addition, it is possible to import custom graphics to define the tool form.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
File Location and Format
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and
Within
the selecting
ToolStorethe
folder
Database
for EdgeCAM
Utilities,
thereLocation
are folders
command.
for Toolinggraphics and Holdergraphics.
Each of these has Turn, Mill and Hole sub folders. At the time of installation these folders hold a
number of example .csv files. As you create graphics files these will be added to the appropriate
folders by default.
The .csv files are text files containing EdgeCAM geometric entities in the form of a comma
separated list defining lines and arc segments. Where a depth or rotation has been applied to the
EdgeCAM profile this is also detailed in the file.
Tool and holder graphics are stored with pathnames relative to the ToolStore. If a ToolStore file is
moved or copied to a new folder its attendant graphics folders must also be moved. The folders
holding graphics information should always be placed within the folder holding the ToolStore
database.
See Also
CPLs Used
EdgeCAM Environments
The Tool Graphics Toolbar
Milling and Turning Tool Graphics
Gauge Distances
Custom Graphics

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CPLs Used
User defined graphics are based on three CPLs for the various elements of a tool.
The CUTTERGRAPHICS CPL is the datum of the cutting tool or insert. In milling the fluted part of
the tool, and in turning the insert is defined with reference to this CPL. Note that in turning this
CPL does not assume any side/end angle values for the insert.

Overview

The SHANKGRAPHICS CPL is offset from the CUTTERGRAPHICS CPL and is used as the origin point
for shank details (whether defined by you or generated from standard parameters). In milling it is
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
offset in Z from the CUTTERGRAPHICS CPL by the flute length of the tool. In turning it is offset in
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
X and Z to lie at the centre mounting point of a standard insert.
for use within EdgeCAM.
The HOLDERGRAPHICS CPL is offset from the SHANKGRAPHICS CPL and represents the origin
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
point for geometry defining the holders. This might be the machine tool gauge point or other
The data format
convenient
position
of ToolStore
on the holder.
databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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EdgeCAM Environments
When EdgeCAM is started from the ToolStore to define or modify tooling graphics it will
automatically be configured for tool or holder definition. There are three environments for tooling
definition:

Overview

Cutter CPL Cuttergraphic, Layer Cutter Graphic, colour Gold (colour 21)
Shank CPL Shankgraphic, Layer Shank Graphic, colour Red (colour 17)
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
Holder and
CPLfrom
Holdergraphic,
Layer Holder
colourremoved,
White (colour
7)and finally selected
manufacture
within operations.
Tools Graphic,
can be added,
edited
for use within EdgeCAM.
These environments should always be used for the definition of tooling graphics without
To
avoid dataasfile
corruption,
data should only
ever the
be edited
EdgeCAM
applications.
modification
EdgeCAM
usesToolStore
them to differentiate
between
variousinparts
of a complete
tool
unit.data
Geometry
part being
workedshould
on willnever
be shown
in solid,
other
parts
are shown
dashed,
The
formatfor
of the
ToolStore
databases
be edited
as this
may
render
the database
e.g. if EdgeCAM
is started
from the Mounting tab to create a holder then existing graphics showing
unreadable
to EdgeCAM
applications.
the tool and shank will be shown dashed.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
Changes
always
using the toolbar buttons provided to
ToolStorebetween
databaseenvironments
should not beshould
converted
to be
thismade
format.
maintain the integrity of the geometry being created (see Tool Graphics Toolbar). Use of these
A
database
been the
installed,
tstore.mdb
The supplied database
buttons
will has
maintain
correct
CPL, style,containing
layer and example
colour totools.
be used.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
If
EdgeCAM
is started from the Geometry tab then all three environments are accessible. Entry
data
management.
from the Mounting tab will only allow holders to be created or modified.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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The Tool Graphics Toolbar


Use the Tool Graphics toolbar in EdgeCAM to save data to a .csv file, change between
environments or return to the ToolStore.

Overview
EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
has been
as ancommands:
easy-to-use tooling database, available during
From
left to right
the toolbar
offersdesigned
the following
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
Save
Graphics Save current data to .csv file(s).
for useTooling
within EdgeCAM.
Define
Graphics
Change
to Cutter
graphics
environment
To avoidCutter
data file
corruption,
ToolStore
data should
only
ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
Define
Change
to Shank
graphics
environment
The dataShank
formatGraphics
of ToolStore
databases
should
never be
edited as this may render the database
unreadable
to
EdgeCAM
applications.
Define Holder Graphics Change to holder graphics environment
Please Holder
note that
Microsoft Access
databases
arethe
notHoldergraphics
supported by EdgeCAM
and that the
Move
Graphics
Specify2000
a new
position for
CPL. If coordinate
input is
ToolStore
should
notrelative
be converted
this format.
used
it willdatabase
produce a
position
to the to
current
CPL. Thus in the Holder environment the
move
will behas
a relative
move from
the existing
offset but
in thetools.
CutterThe
or supplied
Shank environments
a
A database
been installed,
tstore.mdb
containing
example
database
new
absolute
offset
is
specified.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
datatomanagement.
Go
ToolStore Save current data to .csv file(s), close EdgeCAM and return to the ToolStore.
You
can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
Notes
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
The stored offset is always relative to Shankgraphics CPL irrespective of how the position of
the Holdergraphics CPL was defined.
If coordinate values for the CPL are entered, for milling a Y value is required. For turning X
and Z values must be given.

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Milling and Turning Tool Graphics


Milling tools are defined by profiles created in the XY plane and rotated about the Y axis (which
corresponds to the tool axis) to form a 3D shape. This rotation is automatic but means that any
graphic created for milling cutter, shank or holder should be drawn in the positive XY quadrant of
the appropriate CPL. When the tooling graphics are used in an EdgeCAM sequence the various
elements will be correctly aligned along the tool axis (Z).

Overview

Turning tool graphics are created in the XZ plane and are automatically extruded by the shank
EdgeCAMs
thickness
(defined
ToolStore
in thehas
ToolStore
been designed
record) to
as create
an easy-to-use
a 3D shape.
tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
The following general limitations for both milling and turning tool graphics should be noted:
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid
datagraphics
file corruption,
ToolStore
should
only than
ever those
be edited
in EdgeCAM
Tooling
geometry
createddata
in planes
other
designated
aboveapplications.
may not be
correctly
rotated
or extruded.
The data
format
of ToolStore
databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable
to EdgeCAM
applications.
Tool graphics
may only
be built with arc and straight line segments.
PleaseCutting
note that
Access
2000
databases on
arethe
notbasis
supported
EdgeCAM
that the A
toolMicrosoft
offsets will
always
be calculated
of the by
nominal
tool and
dimensions.
ToolStore
database
should
not
be
converted
to
this
format.
more complex user-defined graphic can be used, but only for visual collision checking.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
Please
note
that number
concaveof
profiles
are
notextra
supported
in Verify.
contains
a large
records
and
functionality
is available for you to perform your own
data
management.
Note that holder and tool names containing double-byte characters cannot be loaded into Verify.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Gauge Distances
The ToolStore does not automatically calculate gauge distances for tools since they may vary
according to mounting orientation and, in turning, the choice of gauge point. To help you
determine these parameters for any given tool/holder combination, points are generated at the
various CPL positions so that they may be verified with respect to any CPL in order to measure
their respective positions. Note that for turning inserts the point marked is the insert datum point
in the TURN CPL so as to allow for insert orientation.

Overview

If gauge distances
EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
are calculated
has been and
designed
addedas
toan
theeasy-to-use
ToolStore data
tooling
youdatabase,
should take
available
care that
during
the
manufacture
figures
are still
and
correct
from when
withinloaded
operations.
into aTools
sequence,
can beparticularly
added, removed,
if the tool
edited
orientation
and finally
or gauge
selected
for use
point
is within
altered.
EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Custom Graphics
The following step-by-step instructions explain how to create tooling graphics based on existing
geometry stored in EdgeCAM readable part file format.
1. If EdgeCAM is not already running, select the
group and start a worksession.

EdgeCAM icon from the EdgeCAM program

Overview

2. Open the file with your existing geometry (either designed in EdgeCAM or imported from
another file
format, such
as dwg,
dxf, igs,
and position
the tool
graphic,available
if necessary.
EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
has been
designed
as etc.)
an easy-to-use
tooling
database,
during
manufacture
and
from
within
operations.
Tools
can
be
added,
removed,
edited
and
finally
selected
3. You will now need to specify the orientation of the tool graphic with respect to the Top CPL
for use
within
EdgeCAM.
(Milling) or relative to the Turn CPL (Turning).
To
avoidgenerate
data file acorruption,
ToolStore
data
should
only ever
edited in EdgeCAM
applications.
4. Now
Shank/Holder
Graphics
CPL
by pressing
thebeappropriate
button on
the Tool
Toolbar.
TheGraphics
data format
of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable
to EdgeCAM
If necessary,
you areapplications.
prompted to create the CPL if it does not exist already. You are prompted
to digitise
theMicrosoft
centre ofAccess
the insert
asdatabases
datum forare
thenot
Shank
Graphics
For the
Holder
Please
note that
2000
supported
byCPL.
EdgeCAM
and
that the
Graphics,
the
CPL
is
set
to
the
joining
point
of
the
shank
and
holder,
with
the
same
orientation
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
as the Shank CPL.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
If theaDefine
Shank/Holder
Graphic
is activated in
the turn environment
and the
contains
large number
of records
and button
extra functionality
is available
for you to perform
your own
CPL is not present, you will be prompted to specify the turning tool orientation.
dataShank/Holder
management.
5.
Select
the geometry
to define
the Shank/Holder
Graphics. Please
only
outer
You
can select
the database
you want
to use by right-clicking
on thenote
title that
bar of
thethe
ToolStore
profiles
will be written
to the .csv
files. You
may alsocommand.
select standard geometry commands
dialog
and selecting
the Database
Utilities,
Location
(line, arc etc) to create the desired shank/holder.
6. To link the shank and holder graphics to an appropriate tool, select the
button. This saves the .csv files and opens the ToolStore application.

Go to ToolStore

7. Select the appropriate tool and define the insert.


8. On the Mounting tab, link the saved .csv files to the tool. The distance between the Holder
Graphics CPL and Shank Graphics CPL is fed into the dialog as holder offset information (see
diagram).
You can now use your custom tooling graphics in your machining sequences within EdgeCAM.
Please note that concave profiles are not supported in Verify.
Loading user defined graphics into Verify can slow down the simulation process and obscure the
material being cut. You can specify not to take user defined graphics into Verify by ensuring that
theOutput User Defined Graphics option on the Verify tab of the Preferences (Options menu)
dialog is unchecked.

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Defining Inserts
In the Turn environment, it is strongly recommended that you parametrically define the cutting
insert in the ToolStore. If you decide to use your own custom graphics you will be prompted to
specify the Cutter CPL manually. The orientation and position of this CPL are difficult to define.
Click below to see examples of Cutter Graphics CPL orientations and positions:

Overview

Shank and Cutter CPLs with respect to tool orientations

Shank and Cutter


EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
CPLs with
has been
respect
designed
to tool as
orientations
an easy-to-use
groove
tooling
toolsdatabase, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
Shank and Cutter CPLs with respect to tool orientations threading tools
for use within EdgeCAM.
Cutter Graphic CPL orientations and positions
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that the toolpaths in EdgeCAM are calculated using the parametrically defined insert
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
geometry and not the user defined cutter graphics.
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Tool Graphic Orientation


Milling tools
The diagram below shows how milling tool custom graphics should be orientated and positioned
with respect to the Top CPL. It also shows the position of the Cutter, Shank and Holder CPLs.

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

Turning Tools
Click on the appropriate link to see how the custom tool graphic should be orientated relative to
the Turn CPL. The tool does not need to be translated onto the Turn CPL but it needs to be
orientated as shown in the diagrams. If the graphic is not orientated correctly the simulation of the
toolpaths in EdgeCAM will be incorrect.
Left-hand tool non-reversed or right-hand tool reversed
Right-hand tool non-reversed or left-hand tool reversed
Boring tool right-hand non-reversed or left-hand reversed
Boring tool left-hand non-reversed or right-hand reversed
External groove/parting left-hand non-reversed or right-hand reversed
External groove/parting right-hand non-reversed or left-hand reversed
Internal groove left-hand non-reversed or right-hand reversed
Internal groove right-hand non-reversed or left-hand reversed
External thread left-hand non-reversed or right-hand reversed
External thread right-hand non-reversed or left-hand reversed
Internal thread left-hand non-reversed or right-hand reversed
Internal thread right-hand non-reversed or left-hand reversed

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Context menu
Simply right click on the Tools panel to call up the context menu.

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Create, Edit, Delete, Copy These buttons allow you to add new records or modify/delete
Please note
that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
existing
records.
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
Print Allows you to print the contents of the current view panel as defined by the filter settings.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
Select/Clear All Allows you to select all records in the active panel/clear the selection.
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
Filtering
Open the filter dialog which lets you specify exactly how to limit the list of displayed
tools.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog andselecting
theConfigure
Database Columns
Utilities, dialog
Location
command.
Columns
Opens the
which
allows you to specify which columns will
be visible in the panel. Please note that this command has been moved from the system menu.

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CoroGuide Link
This link enables you to import tool data from the CoroGuide database into the EdgeCAM tooling
database via the ToolStore or ToolKitAssistant application. The data imported is primarily tool
geometry and it may be necessary to manually add mounting or tool kit information to the
imported data. In all cases the tool definition must be checked against your specific requirements
to ensure that the intended tool design has been achieved.
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
Data is exported from CoroGuide as .xml files which can be loaded singly or in groups to the
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
EdgeCAM ToolStore database.
for use within EdgeCAM.
The Coroguide Link imports tooling data from an external source. Pathtrace Engineering
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
Systems Ltd. have no control over the content of this external database and it is the
The data
user's
responsibility
format of ToolStore
to ensure
databases
that any
should
imported
never bedata
edited
is correct
as this may
for render
his purposes.
the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
CoroGuide is a registered mark of Sandvik Coromant.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
CoroGuide Link Settings
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
The CoroGuide software does not create a registry entry so the user must select its location at the
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
time of first use. When the CoroGuide launch button is used for the first time you will be asked to
data management.
browse for the location.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
TheCoroGuide command in the system menu (right-mouse click on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
or ToolKit Assistant dialog) offers several options that allow you to activate/deactivate the
CoroGuide link and specify the program and data file locations.

Overview

CoroGuide Program Location Allows you to browse for the CoroGuide executable to be used
when the Launch button is pressed. Note that this button is greyed out until the selection has been
made.
CoroGuide Data Files Location Allows you to browse for the CoroGuide folder where .xml data
files will be created. Note that this location may be accessed on a remote machine over the
network.
Enable/Disable CoroGuide Check this option (as appropriate) to activate/deactivate the
CoroGuide link. Please note that the CoroGuide Launch and Import buttons will not be visible if the
link has been disabled.
Launching CoroGuide
When the Launch button in the ToolStore or ToolKit Assistant dialog is selected the CoroGuide
software is launched so that tools may be defined from its database.

Note that the CoroGuide location must first have been specified (see below).
The tools may be saved and exported in .xml format for EdgeCAM ToolStore using CoroGuide
"Export to" facilities.
Note that when creating an XML file the assembly name in CoroGuide will be contained as a tool
description and will be used as the tool ID within EdgeCAM ToolStore.
The .xml file is regarded as a temporary file and can be deleted once the tool has been created.
Importing CoroGuide Data

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TheImport button on the ToolStore or ToolKit Assistant dialog opens a browse window that allows
you to select a CoroGuide .xml file for import into the ToolStore database.

Also see Importing CoroGuide Data.

Overview
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The data format of ToolStore databases should never be edited as this may render the database
unreadable to EdgeCAM applications.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
data management.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.

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Importing CoroGuide Data


TheImport button on the ToolStore or ToolKit Assistant dialog opens a browse window that allows
you to select a CoroGuide .xml file for import into the ToolStore database.

Overview
EdgeCAMs
has been
asdata
an easy-to-use
tooling
database,it available
during
It
is possible ToolStore
to select multiple
filesdesigned
but if the
is incomplete
or ambiguous
will be necessary
manufacture
and from
operations.
Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
to
answer questions
as within
the import
progresses.
for use within EdgeCAM.
When the .xml file is read the import link creates a new tool with the name (Description) contained
To avoid
within
thedata
file.file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
The
data format
ToolStoreparameters,
databases should
never
editedthe
as this
may
the database
In addition
to theofgeometric
the .xml
file be
contains
names
ofrender
tool components.
unreadable
to
EdgeCAM
applications.
These will be listed in the Notes tab of the Tool in the following form.
Please note
that
MicrosoftTool
Access
2000
databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
Sandvik
CoroGuide
(Subject
field)
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
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containsInsert
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During
the import process the data in the .xml file will be checked for completeness and integrity
and
an
message
displayed
it is to
notuse
compatible
with theon
ToolStore
These
You canerror
select
the database
you ifwant
by right-clicking
the title requirements.
bar of the ToolStore
checks
will
be
made
before
writing
data
to
the
tool
record.
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
General Tool Data
Description- from .xml file
Supplier - Sandvik
Family- CoroGuide
Category- Mill and Drill or Turning or Grooving/Parting or Thread
A CoroGuide material record will be created if required. No speed and feed information is
available and it will be necessary to edit the insert record so that technology data links are set up
between the insert and materials defined within the ToolStore.
Tool Type Mapping
CoroGuide contains tools of type milling, drilling, and turning. Subdivision of these into the more
specific types required by the ToolStore is undertaken on the basis of parametric data describing
the tool.
CoroGuidedrilling tools are all imported as EdgeCAM type Drill
Included tip
angle

- Insert drills are all flat bottom


- Solid drills are 140 degrees unless specified

CoroGuidemilling tools are imported as EdgeCAM type Endmill, with the following exceptions
If an included angle is present, type is always Taper Tool
If there is a corner radius <diameter/2, then type is Bullnose
If the tool description contains .4, then type is Ballnose.
If there is a corner radius equal to diameter/2, then type is Ballnose

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If there is a Reach parameter, the type is T-Slot.
Thread milling tools are not imported.
CoroGuideturningtools are imported as External turning tools, with the following exceptions
Tools with a Pitch or TPI value are threading tools
Tools with a holder diameter are internal tools

Overview

Tools with a reach parameter are grooving/parting tools


EdgeCAMs
ToolStore
hasdeductions
been designed
as an
easy-to-use
tooling database,
available
The link will make
the best
possible
regarding
the orientation
of turning
tools. during
manufacture and from within operations. Tools can be added, removed, edited and finally selected
for use within EdgeCAM.
Inserts
To
avoid
data
corruption,
shouldrecord
only ever
be created
edited ininEdgeCAM
applications.
If the
.xml
file file
contains
insertToolStore
data thendata
an insert
will be
the ToolStore
and the
tool
beingformat
definedofwill
be linked
to it. Once
an insert
has been
created,
tools the
using
that
The data
ToolStore
databases
should
neverrecord
be edited
as this
may render
database
same
insert to
will
connect applications.
to it. New records will only be created if a record of the specified name
unreadable
EdgeCAM
does not already exist.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
CoroGuide
tools withshould
an insert
will be treated
as insert based tools in the ToolStore, all
ToolStore database
notrecord
be converted
to this format.
others are treated as solid carbide tools.
A database has been installed, tstore.mdb containing example tools. The supplied database
Where
the
CoroGuide
fileof
contains
of inserts is
and
effective
of inserts
theown
contains
a large
number
recordsboth
and number
extra functionality
available
for number
you to perform
your
former
will
be
recorded
on
the
Notes
tab
as
tool
assembly
information
and
the
latter
will
be
used
data management.
as number of teeth/flutes for feed rate calculations. If the number of inserts is missing the
You
can select
thewill
database
to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
effective
number
be usedyou
for want
both purposes.
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
Tool Units (Inch/Metric) are detected from the .xml file.
Capto holders cannot be parameterized and no shank data will be imported. The use of Capto
holders will be noted in the tool notes tab.
In some cases when working with insert based tools there is no clear Flute Length parameter. The
link will make the best deduction possible from the available data.
If required data cannot be found you will be prompted to complete the tool definition.
The Coroguide Link imports tooling data from an external source. Pathtrace Engineering
Systems Ltd. have no control over the content of this external database and it is the
user's responsibility to ensure that any imported data is correct for his purposes.

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damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this product, including but not
limited to any interruption of service, loss of business or anticipatory profits or consequent
damages resulting from the use or operation of this software.
EdgeCAMs ToolStore has been designed as an easy-to-use tooling database, available during
manufacture
Microsoft,
Windows
and from
andwithin
Windows
operations.
NT are registered
Tools can be
trademarks
added, removed,
of Microsoft
edited
Corporation.
and finally selected
for use within
MemoHASP
is EdgeCAM.
a registered trademark of Aladdin Knowledge Systems Ltd.
NetSentinel is a trademark of Rainbow Technologies, Inc.
To avoid data file corruption, ToolStore data should only ever be edited in EdgeCAM applications.
OpenGL(r) and Optimizer are trademarks of Silicon Graphics Inc.
The data format
Parasolid
is a trademark
of ToolStore
of Unigraphics
databasesSolutions
should never
Inc. be edited as this may render the database
unreadable
Autodesk
Inventor
to EdgeCAM
(tm) applications.
is a trademark of Autodesk Inc.
SolidWorks is a registered trademark of SolidWorks Corporation.
Please note that Microsoft Access 2000 databases are not supported by EdgeCAM and that the
Solid Edge is a registered trademark of EDS Inc.
ToolStore database should not be converted to this format.
PTC, Pro/DESKTOP, Pro/ENGINEER(r), GRANITE (tm) One, are trademarks or registered
A database has
trademarks
of Parametric
been installed,
Technology
tstore.mdb
Corporation
containing
or its
example
subsidiaries
tools. in
The
the
supplied
U.S. and
database
in other
contains a large number of records and extra functionality is available for you to perform your own
countries.
data management.
AutoCAD
and DXF are registered trademarks of Autodesk Inc.
MicroStation is a trademark of Bentley Systems Inc., an affiliate of Intergraph Corporation.
You can select the database you want to use by right-clicking on the title bar of the ToolStore
IGDS is a trademark of Intergraph Corporation.
dialog and selecting the Database Utilities, Location command.
EdgeCAM Simulator and EdgeCAM Verify use technology developed by Lightworks Designs Ltd.
ACIS is a trademark of Spatial Technology, Inc., and was developed in co-operation with ThreeSpace, Ltd., Cambridge, England, and Applied Geometry Corporation, Seattle, Washington.

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Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.
The information contained within this document is subject to change without notice and does not
represent a commitment on the part of the vendor. The software described in this document is
furnished under a licence agreement and may only be used or copied only in accordance with the
terms of the agreement.

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