Mastercam’s New Tool Manager

Mastercam’s new Tool Manager provides a whole new way to organize and create your tooling. This application offers a lot of power and flexibility for all your mill and router tools. Tool Manager is launched separately from Mastercam by choosing Start / Programs / Mastercam X7 / Tool Manager.

The new Tool Manager has been designed from the ground up as a flexible and efficient way to manage tools and tool holding components and to create tool assemblies that can be used in Mastercam. ?In addition to the tooling component support, Tool Manager also integrates work material and cut parameter data so that you can take advantage of a manufacturer’s cutting recommendations.??

The Tool Manager workspace is made of several key components:

Database Explorer – Provides a view of the active database, including tools, holders, and assemblies. Each instance of Tool Manager displays only one tool database at a time. You can have multiple instances of the application open at once and even drag and drop components between instances.

Assembly Tree – Displays a hierarchical representation of the active tool assembly. Items in the tree start from the spindle side of a tool assembly and move progressively closer to the cutting tool.

Document Workspace – Shows each document type as a collection of items. All documents offer a data grid view which supports sorting, grouping, and selection of one or more items. For tool assemblies, it also provides selection and adjustment of tool component positioning and orientation.

Properties Grid – Displays all properties available for a selected item. Use the data grid to select one or more items for editing. When multiple items are selected, only common properties display in the properties grid. These can edit the entire group of selected items.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact your local Mastercam Reseller.

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