You can find an overview of the tools in the tool library. This can be found at “CNC Database” > “CNC Company Standard”
Select the cutting or machining center for which you want to read or edit the tools and click on the tool icon.
The tool manager opens.
For many machine suppliers the tool data can be imported.
The path for entering the tool file can be found at the “General” tab in the machine properties.
If you want to import the tool file of your supplier, click on the “Import” button in the tool management.
Then activate the tools by activating the checkbox in front of the tool name.
In addition, you have to enter the pages manually. Double-click on a tool. Activate the required pages for the tool under “Useable on faces”.
Creating tools manually (for NC-X CAMäleon)
In general, the tools are maintained via the machine software.
An exception are the machines with NC-X CAMäleon control. In this case you can also create the tools in LogiKal and send them via export to the control software of the machine.
Enter a path for the tool file in the settings of NC-X CAMäleon CNC and activate the option “Tools are maintained with this program”.
Switch to the tool management.
After you have created or edited the tools, click on the “Export” button. The updated data are sent to the machine controller.
To create new tools, click the “Add” button.
The program window with the settings opens.
Enter the name of the tool at “Name”.
You can choose the tool type at “Type”. You can select the following options:
- Milling cutter
- Saw blade
- Disc milling cutter
In the following boxes, you define the dimensions and orientation of the tool.
For each field, an abbreviation for the dimension is given in brackets after the label.
This shortcut is used for orientation in the preview field on the right side.
When you enter the values, the “Display tool” preview field will show you directly which effects the entries have and what the tool looks like.
You can enter the following values
- Width Countersink (CS)
- Diameter cutting edgs (DF)
- Length cutting edge (LF)
- Intrusion length (LI)
- Durchmesser Schaft (DS)
- Length shaft (LS)
- Diameter toolholder (DH)
- Length toolholder (LH)
- Diameter toolholder (DH2)
- Length toolholder (LH2)
- Diameter screw (DE)
- Length screw (LE)
- Point angle
- Revolutions per minute
- Working feed
- Plunging feed rate
For the “Rotating direction” you can define whether the tool should rotate to the left or to the right.
In “Maximum depth interval” enter the maximum permitted cutting depth of the tool.
Each tool has a magazine place on the machine. You can enter the number of the magazine in which the tool is located at “Place in magazine”.
If you do not want to perform the machinings in a clockwise direction, activate the “Perform machinings counter-clockwise” option.
At “Usable on faces” you can activate the specific face for machining. You can select the following standard faces:
You can also define the minimum and maximum angle.
If you want to use the tool as an alternative, activate the option “Assign only if no other tool is available”.
If you want to categorically exclude the tool as an alternative, activate the option “Do not assign automatically”.
At “Tool set” you can assign the tool to a specific tool set.
In the listing area at the bottom right you can enter “Depth“ and „Plunging feed”.
Under “Number of steps” you enter the number of entries you entered under „Depth“ and „Plunging feed” (only for Flowdrill).
In the following you will find a few sample inputs for the different tools.