The Tool Files tab allows you to set up, modify, export, and import tool files. Tool files can be accessed in two ways. The first is through Toolbox Setup > Options > Tool Files. The other way to access the Tool Files is through the Processing Center.
When accessing tool files through the Options, there are more tools available.
The Tool File user interface contains options and settings that will help you set up and maintain your tool file to match the tooling options for your machines.
With the new IPP (Integrated Post Processor) tool files, the following tabs will be displayed across the top of the user interface: Tools, Settings, Fields, Custom Settings, and Integrated Post Processor Settings.
Routing tools have additional settings for designating default machining operations. On the right side of the interface is a series of check-boxes. The options selected for the tools will help the software select the correct tool when using the Solid Model Tools (this is a module that must be purchased), which allows you to create manufacturable products from 3D AutoCAD solids.
The Settings tab contains a wide range of options and settings. These settings are used to set up the tool file to match the options that are available with your machinery. They also contain settings for designating file paths, and barcode formats (if applicable).
The Fields tab contains parameters for setting up the machining fields available with your machine. Some machines may have more than one field. Some examples would be CNC machines with more than one bed or point-to-point machines that can machine both faces without having to machine a part twice. In these cases, one field would be set up as normal, while the other would be set up as mirrored.
When processing a work order, you may encounter an error stating that a part is too large for the field. This occurs when the material exceeds the maximum part size in the X and/or Y axes. This type of error will require the material parameters to be correct, and the work order will need to be recreated.
The Custom Settings tab displays, in a table, all the tools that have been assigned for use when creating products using the Solid Model Tools.
The Integrated Post Processor Settings tab includes variables that will change machine code calculations.