Adding a Saw

Adding a Saw

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 saw within a tool file.

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


Fig. 01 – Add Saw

A new tool named "Tool 0 – New Saw" 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 Saw

  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. Common Tool Name – This number should be in the form the machine needs to see in the G-Code. The Common Tool Name and Actual Tool Name should match each other.
  3. Actual Tool Name – This number should be in the form the machine needs to see in the G-Code. The Common Tool name and Actual Tool Name should match each other.
  4. Tool Kerf Width – The width of the saw blade.
  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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Score Pass Depth – Depth of the scoring passes.
  10. 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.
  11. Saw Cut Direction – The direction in which the saw can move.
    1. Positive X Direction
    2. Negative X Direction
    3. Positive Y Direction
    4. Negative Y Direction
  12. Default Depths – Add at least one Default Depth for the router. A Default Depth value is necessary for the tool to show up in the Single Parts Editor (2D Machining Tools).
  13. Default Saw in X – Checking this designates this tool as the default saw for cuts along the x-axis.
  14. Default Saw in Y – Checking this designates this tool as the default saw for cuts along the y-axis.
  15. Score Pass Direction – The direction in which the scoring pass can be performed, if at all.
    1. None
    2. Positive X Direction
    3. Negative X Direction
    4. Positive Y Direction
    5. Negative Y Direction

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

Saw operations are not compatible with Nesting machines and are only available for single part machining. 

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


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