Lesson 1: Tool Library

In this lesson, learn how to set up, populate, and manage tool libraries with accurate tools and tool holders. You also learn how to collaborate using cloud tool libraries.


Tutorial: Manage a Tool Library

Before you begin programming toolpaths, you can create a tool library and add new tools.

NOTE The remaining toolpath tutorials do not use the tools created in this tutorial. If you want to proceed directly to toolpath programming, you can skip this tutorial.

Create a Tool Library

When you select a tool for a toolpath, you can choose from five different types of libraries. In this step, you learn about the types of library files and create your own tool library.

  1. If the Data Panel is not open, click Show Data Panel 
  2. In the data Panel, open CAM 1_Tool Library from Projects Samples Workshops & Events
    Adoption Path ➤ Toolpath Programming ➤ 1_Tool Library.
  3. In the CAM workspace, choose Manage Tool Library
  4. If the library tree is not showing, select Show Library Tree
  5. The library tree displays five types of libraries:
    • Documents. Tools that are contained in the Autodesk Fusion 360 design. These tools are available to others when you share your design.
    • Cloud. Tools that are available with your Fusion 360 account when you log in.
    • Samples. Sample tools that are installed with Fusion 360. These tools are read-only, but you can copy them to another library.
    • Vendors. Vendor-supplied tools that are installed with Fusion 360.
    • Local. Custom libraries that you create and store locally.
  6. In the library tree, click Local. Click directly on text and not the checkbox to set the current node in the library tree.
  7. Select New Tool Library


You can rename the new library or keep the default name.


Create Tools

When you create a tool, you use the Library dialog to specify the tool material and cutting edge dimensions. In this step, you create a mill tool.

  1. Select New Mill Tool
  2. In the Library dialog, click the Cutter tab and specify the following information:
    • Set Type to Bull Nose End Mill.
    • Set Material to Carbide.
    • Set Number Of Flutes to 5.
    • Set Unit to Millimeters.
    • Set Description to Multi-Purpose Stainless Steel.
    • Set Vendor to Hitachi.
    • Set Product ID to EPSML4100-R0.5-PN.
  3. Specify the following cutting edge dimensions:
    • Set Corner Radius to 0.5 mm.
    • Set Flute Length to 24 mm.
    • Set Shoulder Length to 34 mm.
    • Set Body Length to 54 mm.
    • Set Overall Length to 74 mm.

As you specify lengths, the current segment is highlighted in yellow.


NOTE Lengths are measured from the tip of the tool to the top of the segment specified.

Add Tool Geometry and a Holder

The Library dialog allows you to design a tool’s shaft and holder. Specifying a holder helps prevent collisions during simulation.

  1. Click the Shaft tab. Click Add
  2. Set Upper Diameter to 12.
    A taper is added to the body of the shaft.

  3. You decide not to include a taper. Click Remove
  4. On the Holder tab, click Select Holder.
  5. In the Vendors library, select UBERCHUCK APC-20 - 2.48" GL.

Set Feeds and Speeds

  1. On the Feed & Speed tab, specify the following values:
    • Set Spindle Speed to 10000.
    • Set Cutting Feedrate to 1200.
  2. To calculate the speed and feedrate from surface speed, set Surface Speed to 1500 ft/min.
  3. On the Post Processor tab, set Number to 12.
  4. Click OK to save the tool to your library.
    Autodesk recommends exporting a library after you add tools to it.
  5. Click Export Tool Library
    By exporting, you create a backup.

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