Adding tools in CC440 and later

This is a bit different — the tools are now stored in CSV files (do Help | About | Open Data Directory to access the carbidecreate/tools directory), and it is first necessary to add a New Library:

after clicking on the “New library” button you will get the “Create new library” dialog:

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make appropriate selections (note that certain endmills only appear in certain materials — at this time, MDF has the most complete listing — further note that one aspect of this is the suitability of an endmill for a given material — a #251 should not be used for metal work, so does not appear in those libraries) and click “OK”. Note when naming that the machine type and material will be added as a suffix — a consideration to avoid department of redundancy department naming:

To actually add a tool to the new empty library, right-click on it and choose “New Tool” from the contextual menu:

then make appropriate selections in the sub menus:

Note that only certain characteristics are currently accessible (it is a beta) — it may be necessary to go into the CSV using a text editor or a spreadsheet and fill them in — it will also be necessary to work up suitable numbers for feeds and speeds.

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Worked up a default library with median speeds (50 ipm) which one can use to experiment with the machine moving at up to 100 ipm using feed rate override:

50IPM Shapeoko Unknown.zip (758 Bytes)

Following your path above, I don’t seem to come upon the tools directory. I see- Fonts, Posts, and Settings. Build 433 12-11-20

On build 449 to get to the tools database goto Edit, Show Tool Database.
The other post would go to the database directory

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433 is less than 440, so is earlier, not later.

As @Lowbrowroyalty noted, in Build 449, things work as described.

My apologies. Running a few computers, reading initial post on one, trying it on another. Thank you for the continued support.

Best Regards!