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About Tool Database

February 15, 2016, 8:41 pm

 

An integral part of HSMAdvisor is its powerful Tool and Cut Database.

Tool Database allows you to store your tools in one convenient location, sparing you the time needed to key-in your tool type, size, etc.
It is very flexible and, since its inception, has grown both in size and functionality.

With every update, the list of its features keeps growing, and at present, it can (among many other things) do the following:

  • Store and Edit geometric Tool data, Including automatic creation of tool data from a sample tool entry.
  • Store/Create/Manage Custom Tool Manufacturer Cutting data using Manufacturer Brand/Series names.
  • Store and Manage Tool Handling data like Number of Tools in stock, Ordering Vendor Information, Physical location in the shop
  • Set up Low Tool Stock warning levels and add tools that are low on the stock to a Request List to be ordered.
  • Create and Export customizable Tool Request Orders for use in purchasing.
  • Restock received tools into the Tool Database
  • Attach Cutting Data (Known as just "Cuts") to tools for various cutting scenarios in different materials.
  • Store complete MasterCAM Tool and ToolPath parameters for easy importing/Exporting of MC operations
  • Organize Tools into Libraries
  • Share a single Tool Database between many HSMAdvisor seats in real-time.
  • Import Tool Databases in Fusion 360 format.

 In the following articles, we will describe the main functions of the Tool Database.

 

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Tool Database Tab

February 24, 2016, 7:49 pm

Most Tool Database controls are located on the Tool Database tab.

Here is a quick overview of it's main elements:

 

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Database Actions

February 24, 2016, 8:05 pm

Database Actions menu allows you to perform such major actions as Create/Open a new Tool Database and Import/Export/Create Tool Libraries.

To access Tool Database actions, you need to go to the Tool Database tab and click on the "Actions" button in the top-right corner.

A pop-up menu will show:

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Tool Library Actions

February 24, 2016, 8:26 pm

Tool Libraries were created to better organize tools in the Tool Database.

"Tool Library" is simply a group of Tools that share the same "Library Name" tag.
You assign Library Name to a tool when you initially create it.

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Adding New Tools to the Database

February 24, 2016, 8:50 pm

The main point of having a Tool Database is to streamline access to frequently-used tool sizes and custom cutting data, preserving your manufacturing knowledge for future use by you and perhaps to share it with your co-workers.

Tools have to be added by clicking the "Add Tool" button on the "Tool Data" panel of the "Speeds and Feeds" tab.

Once a tool has been loaded, you will not be able to edit it's Tool geometry or access the "Add Tool" functionality. Please click on the "Edit New" or "Reset" button on the Tool Data panel to unload the current tool.

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You can manipulate a large number of tools simultaneously by selecting multiple Tool records in the Tool Database tab.

You can select multiple tools in sequence using your mouse and/or keyboard.

When one or more Tool and/or Cut rows have been selected, you can perform various actions on them by right-clicking on the Tool Table control.

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