Adding a Horizontal Drill

Adding a Horizontal Drill

The articles in this section of the Knowledge Base involve working from the Tool File interface. For general information regarding Tool Files or how to access them, see Understanding the Tool File interface.

This article provides information regarding adding a new horizontal drill within a tool file.

From the Tool File interface, with the Horizontal Drills radio button selected, select Add Tool.


Fig. 01 – Add Horizontal Drill

A new tool named "Tool 0 – New Horizontal Drill" appears in the Tool List. Select the new tool.

Fill in the missing information to the right of the Tool List.


Fig. 02 – Settings to be Filled for New Horizontal Drill

  1. Tool Name (Optional) – User determined name for the horizontal drill being added. The Tool Name is the name that appears in the Tool List Panel on the left of the Tool File UI.
  2. Tool Number – This number is used to identify the tool and should be in the form the machine needs to see in the G-Code.
  3. Common Tool Diameter – This value is used by the program to determine which tool to use.
  4. Actual Tool Diameter – This value refers to the new diameter of sharpened bits and is the value used in G-Code.
  5. Feed Speed – This value is the speed the tool uses once it has penetrated the material.
  6. Entry Speed – This value determines the tool's penetration speed from the material's face to the machining operation's end depth.
  7. Rotation Speed – This value refers to the speed of rotation.
  8. Type Info – This setting only applies if the type of bit being used by the machine is specified.
    1. 0 – No Type
    2. 1 – Brad Point
    3. 2 – V Point
    4. 3 – Large Diameter
    5. 4 – Horizontal Bore Only
    6. 5 – Horizontal Bore & Dowel
  9. Tool Safe Height 1 – This sets the retract height of the tool head. Safe Height 1 is the value that the head retracts to when making rapid movements between operations requiring different tools or moving to begin a machining operation. Tool Safe Height 1 may be set to any value as desired, but a typical value is .75" above the material's surface. This setting applies to both spreadsheets and IPP files.
  10. Tool Safe Height 2 – This sets the retract height for the tool head. Safe Height 2 is the value that the head retracts to when making rapid movements between operations requiring the same tool. Tool Safe Height 2 may be set to any value as desired, but a typical value is .25" above the material's surface. This setting applies to both spreadsheets and IPP tool files.
  11. Head Value – This sets the number identifying a specific head in multiple head machines. An example of these machines would be dual head machine systems (top and bottom heads). It is a reference to which head is required in a machining operation. Some single head machines may also need it. This setting applies to both spreadsheets and IPP tool files.
  12. Face – Indicate the face that the drill can machine. The available faces for Horizontal Drills are:
    1. Upper Face
    2. Lower Face
    3. Left Face
    4. Right Face

    5. Fig. 03 – Available Faces

  13. Rotation – Select one of the following:
    1. Clockwise
    2. Counter Clockwise
  14. Default Depths – Add at least one Default Depth for the horizontal drill. A Default Depth value is necessary for the tool to show up in the Single Parts Editor (2D Machining Tools).
  15. Default Z Values – The default values on the Z-Axis. Add at least one for the machine to identify the applicability of the tool to the project.

Before leaving the Tool File UI, select Apply to save the new Tool and OK to exit.


For more information on IPP Tool Files, see Overview: Integrated Post Processor Tool Files (IPP).


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