A virtual representation of your physical tooling needs to be created inside PowerMill before creating toolpaths.
Tools are required when creating toolpaths. Here is how to create a tool in PowerMill.
Selecting the appropriate tool type
- Open PowerMill
- Click on the Tool tab at the top > All tools types are listed in the Create group.
- Select the tool type that best represents your tool
Create a tooltip
- In the tool settings, enter the tool's name and dimensions. The tool number and number of flutes can also be added.
- The Tip page represents the cutting portion of the tool. This is where the tool flutes are.
Create a shank
- Click on the Shank tab in the settings dialog
- Use the Add a shank component to add a shank
- The shank is the holding portion of the tool
- The shank diameter and length can be adjusted to define the tool. More components can be added if the tool is tapered or has multiple steps. Add a new component to do so
Create or assign a holder
- Click on the Holder tab in the settings dialog
- The holder can be created using the same steps as the shank.
- The holder is the component that holds the tool and is inserted into the machine's spindle.
- You may already have a holder in your tool database. Use the Search for holders in the tool database icon to search
- Click Search on the tool database holder search page
- Holders will appear in the search results window if any exist
- Select the appropriate holder and click Apply Holder
- Click Close to close the search page
- In the Tool settings under the Holder tab, set the Overhang length
- The overhang is the measurement from the tooltip to the face of the holder.
Save the tool to the databaseIf you frequently use a particular tool, it is advisable to save it in your tool database for future use.
- Click the Add this tool to the tool database icon in the bottom right of the settings page
- Ensure the Tool and Holder Geometry is checked before saving
- Click Export
- Click Close on the tool settings page