Create not accepting new tool?

noob first class, so could be just terminal stupidity, but when i went to add a v-bit into tool list, does not appear to add it correctly… had a selection for ‘v-mill’, did that, gave all the other info, then when i smooshed the ‘add tool’ button, it appears to blink and do something, but doesn’t appear to be my tool name or parameters, can’t find it in the list. frustration ensues…

It’s a weird thing to me at least — there’s some double-clicking and so forth, and one has to click the “Add Tool” button first or something like that (and I think you have to use the window close button to get out of the dialog).

This tutorial:

covers adding a tool… it

is explained clearly in this video beginning at the 2:00 point

Also note for V-bits that the angle which one enters is taper, not bit angle, so for a 60 degree endmill enter 30, for a 90, enter 45.

Image here shows a Carbide 3D #301:

(yeah, I get confused making screengrabs late at night on a Windows machine)

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Since there are many steps and areas that you may have done something wrong, please watch this awesome training video again. (Adding the tool starts around 1:30)


I have the same thing going on.
I watch the tutorial, try it
re-watch the Tutorial, try it
reboot my system start over
try again
Assume it may be system admin priv problem . . .

The interface for doing this is rather odd to my mind. This seems to work:

  • launch Carbide Create
  • draw some piece of geometry
  • select it (click on it or drag-select so as to highlight it in orange)
  • click on the “Toolpath” button
  • click on the “Edit” button under Tool:
  • click on “Edit Library”
  • click on “Add Tool”
  • double-click on the newly added tool listing
  • edit as needed
  • “OK”
  • hit the close button to close the window

Thank You.
It retains values now but barely penetrates the surface.
Where is the penetration controlled?
For text it appears correct as a V-Carve but if I apply it to a circle, the offset is huge in the simulation and operation.

I may be using the wrong bit or entering the wrong values:

V-Shaped Wood Engraving Tool Carving Knife
1/4" Shank
0.1mm Tip
Total length: 40mm(1.575 inches)

Thanks for your patience.

V-bits are best suited for V-carving — I think they preview properly if one uses a follow path command, maybe for an inner or outer profile, but Carbide Create doesn’t seem to handle them properly for pocketing commands.

Might help if you’d post your file and a description of what you’re trying to achieve.

Perhaps the docs could use clarification?
I believe I made some wrong guesses as to the tool values . . . but I did refer to both the Carbide Create User Guide
( )
and basics of using the v-carving toolpath in Carbide Create video
( )

In the add tool area
Variables — Example Values — Values I used in my test

Type: ------------ Vee Mill ----------- Vee Mill
Description: — 1/2" v-bit --------- V Mill .1 tip
Tool Number: — 11 ---------------- 9
Diameter: -------- 0.5 --------------- 0.250 (I thought it was asking for the shank size)
Flute Length: ----- 0.5 -------------- 1.575 (from the specs included)
Angle: ------------- 45 --------------- 30.000 ( should I have used 1/2 value? )
Number of Flutes --2 -------------- 1

? is mine considered 1 or 2 flutes?
Flutes / teeth: The flutes of the milling bit are the deep helical grooves running up the cutter, while the sharp blade along the edge of the flute is known as the tooth. The tooth cuts the material, and chips of this material are pulled up the flute by the rotation of the cutter. There is almost always one tooth per flute, but some cutters have two teeth per flute.[1]
( Reference )

My V bit : ( [My Bit] ( )

I really appreciate you help!

I believe diameter wants the maximum cutting diameter, in this case, that is the same as the shank size

Flute length — drawing that out I got 0.465725 inches

Angle — correct, Carbide Create expects the taper anger, so that should be 15 degrees, half as you surmised.

AIUI, on bits such as this, only one edge cuts in a given rotation direction, so 1 flute

Thank You very much.