CNC Simulator Pro

user guide

4.1. Tools

In the registry section, you can select what kind of tools you want to browse. The two last selections are for embedded milling and turning tools.
To add a new milling tool, select My milling tools and click on the Add button.
The editor is pretty straightforward. Select tool tip style, fill out the data about your tool, and click the OK button. If you want more information about a setting, click the question mark symbol to the right of the input field.
Some examples of different types of mill tools you can define in the Mill Tools registry.
If you instead select My lathe tools and click the Edit button, a special lathe tools definition file will be opened in SimCam.
As you can see, each tool is defined in its own separate layer.
Lathe tool editing is more advanced compared to mill tool editing. We do not recommend this for beginners. Instead, you can use the embedded lathe tools in your CNC programs.
To read more about lathe tool editing, see our Tutorial Add/Edit Custom Lathe tools.
Using the two last selections in the registry section, you can browse (but not create or edit) the embedded (fixed) tools that come built-in with CNC Simulator Pro.
You can copy either individual or all the embedded tools to your own tools registry by clicking the "Copy tool to My tools" or "Copy all tools".
To call up an embedded tool in your CNC program, you use the code ET instead of the standard T code.
Note that ET is a CNC Simulator Pro-specific code and not part of standard G-code language.
For example, to select and change to the tool at the picture above, you would write:
ET stands for Embedded Tool.
On the other hand, to select tool 1 from the My milling tools registry, you would use T only like this:
Also, note that you can insert tools from the Inventory Browser directly in the editor by clicking the Insert at cursor button.
This is a convenient way to find and quickly insert tool calls in your program.