Tech Tuesday is a weekly blog that addresses some of the most common questions and concerns that I hear throughout the previous week from users of BobCAD’s CNC software. Both customers and future customers are more than welcome to leave a comment on what they would like to see covered for the following Tech Tuesday.
In previous versions of BobCAD-CAM, customers have had to input all of the data for each specific milling and turning tools that they utilized. In newer versions of BobCAD, we now have the ability to define custom shapes of those tools by drawing them in our software. There were still many requests to import tools from other software programs. Now there are ways to import directly from MachiningCloud and import xml file types from other CAD-CAM software programs.
BobCAD-CAM V33 is the first release ever to offer a way to bring MachiningCloud tool assembly exports directly into your BobCAD-CAM Tool Crib, or Tool Library. In the past, having an accurate tool to simulate meant figuring out how to design it, then designing it, then going into your library to assign that newly created geometry to the proper tool. The same went for your tool holder and your arbor. Now that you can import MachiningCloud jobs, this all happens automatically. Finally, you can have the most accurate tool geometry possible for accurate gouge checking, and accurate simulation of your mill and lathe tools with none of the headache!
Whether you are backplotting or simulating, having the exact geometry for your tools is a game changer!
XML Import/Export of Tool Library
In order to allow import from outside sources, BobCAD-CAM now offers its tool library in xml format. While users have always been able to share tool libraries with other users, tool import has only been possible between users of the BobCAD-CAM suite of software. We have had many requests to give outside parties, like tool vendors, the ability to import their tools into our software. Now, with the tool library in an easy to read/write xml format, simply format your tool list to match, and bring it on into BobCAD-CAM.
Try these new and improved ways to import your tool library into BobCAD-CAM V33 today!
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