I just downloaded the new version and went straight to the library and it looks good so far except that I’m not sure how to add a new tool. I can apparently duplicate the library but what about an individual tool? The recommended speed of 10K for the 201 on the Shapeoko for example is fine for the Makita router but it is low for a Dewalt or Carbide router.
Right click on the library to add a cutter. You’ll need to create your own library or duplicate one of ours first. You cannot add to or modify our library.
Regarding speeds and feeds, we’ll continue to tweak but our goal is not to make these “optimal”. They’re going to be conservative-cannot-fail recipes. We made it easy to duplicate our library so that advanced users here can tweak values to their hearts content and share the results easily.
OK, when I copy say the Shapeoko MDF Endmill library, the menu comes and fills-in Nomad, Acrylic. Shouldn’t it default to Shapeoko MDF? I tried to copy the 201 endmill and it does not appear a second time in the library. BTW, I have the Mac version.
If you click help->about->Open Data Directory you’ll be presented with a folder that contains all of the Carbide Create user data. In that folder, you’ll find ‘tools’ which stores all of your tool data. Each library is saved as it’s own .csv file.
The files that start with Carbide3D are our own ‘conservative, will not fail’ libraries.
But - if you duplicate one of those libraries and name it something like Edward+Shapeoko+MDF you’ll find a new file in the directory with the same name and the .csv extension.
These are regular CSV files that can easily be edited in Excel or Google Sheets or Open office or even a text editor. The format is simple enough to understand you don’t need us to define it - just open a file and take a look.
You can edit then save these files in the same directory and CC will load them into the tool library.
We are really excited to see what sorts of libraries you all come up with - and if someone wants to use your library - you can just send them the csv file!
so far I like it, about to use it for a sign to cut out (got to test that new bitsetter somehow
suggestions (I’m sure several are on your todo list already but might as well mention them again):
In the tool selection toolpath view, make a drop down in addition to the full “Change tool” selection; the drop down likely should contain bits that 1) are used in the current project or 2) were recently used (we all have our favorites). Maybe bonus if you show V bits for v-carving toolpaths
In general, the setup of the workarea is where you already put in the machine and material, ideally those populate the default filters in the tool selection screen
Metric bits. 1/8" shaft 2mm cut is a nice tool. yes I can type 0.078… but still. Maybe just show always both?
CC just lost my library somehow; I added a new library, new tool. then later I picked a standard Carbide 3D tool. And now my library is not on the list. The library is back once I restart Carbide Create.
If you define a metric cutter it’ll show everything in metric. All of ours are basically “inch” so we don’t have any in the default library. (I know that’s not quite what you’re asking for though)
Could be a bug or it could be related to how the filters are currently set at the top of the page. If you find a repatable whay to make that happen, I’m sure we can fix it.
On the Todo.
Stepover defaults to 50% of the diameter. We debated making this more explicit but since we don’t have ramping and adaptive clearing paths you’re always going to end up slotting somewhere in the toolpath so this seemed “safer”. We may change this in the future.
Carbide 3D tools do have a link in the info pane to the store but we don’t have any other datasheets online yet so this is the best we have. We won’t allow linking to third-party sites because that could be a security problem.
Something we talked about but we’re trying to avoid creating a database app with lots of fields. Our thought was that you could just duplicate our library and delete the ones you don’t care about. Or, create an empty library and copy the ones you do care about to it.
We worked hard to distill this down to the bare minimum that could work so we don’t confuse “normal people”.
Big picture (as Edward outlined) is that we expect that more advanced users will create their own library full of goto tools, with speeds and feeds that they like, and then be able to easily share them.
Medium term, we’re planning on a “Save as a template” command that would save a toolpath and tool into a template that can easily be applied to any job you’ve got. These templates would also be easily sharable between users (That’s the plan, we’ll see if it’s a good idea).
No trouble at all!!
The new tool library features are much more intuitive.
Every time I consider spending a boat load of money on software you all pull crap like this!! CC and CM just keep getting better!! I’ll spend the cash on a 80/20 extrusion bed and keep using your alls CAD/CAM!!