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Cutter, I think Ray was referring to the NPT taps, for which there has not been a demand. You raised a PCR about them and in response I have made a generic VX NPT library for you, complete with all the associated Tap drills and Centers, plus a short movie on how to use it.
With regards to the overall tool library and tool types available, other customers do want improvements and we are making those improvements right now for v14. Ray has made an important contribution to this effort.
For customers that want "science based" feeds and speeds, our VX Reseller in the Netherlands, 4CCCC, offer a program that delivers this and it outputs the data in a format specifically compatible with VX.
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The program that Chris is referring to is a tool management system that is on the Dutch market.
This system outputs the tool info, like name, dimensions, ID number and speed/feed info and cooling options in .csv format.
Chris wrote a VXDal program to read the .csv data into vx by selecting the cam operation in the tree and selecting the reqiured tool in the VXDal window
Without the management system one could build a tool library with these .csv files and use the VXDal progam to assign them to the operations
One of our customers, a medium large tool shop is very happy with it
If you are inrerested, we can provide a sample .csv and the VXDal program from Chris
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Sorry for the late reply.
Haven't been on the forum lately
I have attached the VXDal program and a few sample .csv files
Every tool has its own .csv file
The pdf file that comes with the program gives a detailed overview of the supported variables and naming conventions.
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This is a big time deal for me as next month I will be starting to manufacture prototypes for a line of equipment various parts of which will require thread milling of thread types and sizes not in the VX library. I have to do this and so does my cam program. I really hope there is an answer here. This goes right back to the fundamental problem of good comprehensive tool libraries and strategies being very important to users but don't for some reason seem to be important to whoever or whatever dictates what developement works on.
If there is no answer here the problem becomes one of I can't manufacture this part with VX. Thread milling was first introduced I believe at least as early as 1992 so as a standard and accepted method of milling strategy a good and comprehensive tool library and accompanying strategies for thread milling should be a part of any decent or better cam program.
OK, there is an update to this. Evidently you can fill out the parameters in the tool type form to match what you want to do. You can't save this as a new tool for future use and you have to remember that the 3/8-20 named tool is actualy a 7/8-9 but it does generate a toolpath.
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You can also make your own library to keep the tools you create organized and easier to find.
To create your own tool library open your VX resource file: Documents and Settings VXCorpUser-14.20 esource file TOOLS_METRIC_AND_INCH.VX (This is the default location)
Create a new CAM plan and name it according to the tools you are going to put in the file. (The name of the CAM plan will be the name of your tool library)
Right click on the screen and choose tool manager.
In the tool Manager click new, then give your tool a name and add the dimensions for your new tool. Click ok when youre done.
Save the file. You dont need to add any operations just create the tool and then save.
When you are in your CAM plan and want to use that tool library you can go to the tool manager and click on the file symbol in the right top corner . It will open your : Documents and Settings VXCorpUser-14.20 esource file and you can choose the library you just created and hit okay. It will list all the tools youve created in that CAM plan .
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