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Tool group


Selects a previously defined tool from the Operation Navigator.

Create New

Creates a new tool definition for the current operation and places it in the Machine Tool View of the Operation Navigator for use by other operations.

Edit or Display

Displays the current tool and a dialog box of the tool’s parameters.

Select Tracking

Accesses options to define tracking points for the tool. A tracking point is a reference point on the tool used to calculate tool paths.


Displays the current parameters for Tool Number, Adjust, Cutcom, and Z Offset and their related inheritance status.

Tool Change Settings

Displays the current settings for the Manual Tool Change and Text Status. It also displays the Holder Number and Inheritance status.

Tool Orientation group

Flip Tool Around Holder

Flips the tool across the tool holder to cut in the opposite direction.

Reorient Tool Holder

Allows rotating the tool holder.

Tool Holder Angle

Specifies an angle, measured relative to the WCS, to use for the tool holder in the operation.

Rotate Tracking Point with Tool Holder

Lets you rotate the tracking point cluster with the tool holder, or leave the cluster stationary.

Rotate Tracking Point with Holder


Rotate Tracking Point with Holder


Path Settings group


Create New

Lets you create a new Method group for this operation and place it in the Machining Method View of the Operation Navigator for use by other operations. For example: Roughing or Finishing.


Lets you edit the selected Method definition.

Cutting Parameters

Lets you control settings that are common to the cutting operation subtypes. This includes tolerances, cutter clearance angles, minimum clearance, contour types, cut constraints and cut control.

The available parameters are determined by the Subtype, and Cut Strategy of the operation and include parameters for:

  • Strategy

  • Stock

  • Corners

  • Contour Types

  • Profiling

Non Cutting Moves

Specifies movements that position the tool before, after, and between cutting moves. Options include:

  • Engage and Retract

  • Clearance

  • Approach and Departure

  • Local Return

Feeds and Speeds

Feed Rates

Specifies spindle speeds and feed rates.

Sets the rate at which the tool advances. You can inherit the value of the feed parameters from the Method group.

Set Speeds on the Feed Rate dialog.

Machine Control group

Start of Path Events

End of Path Events


Specifiy machine events such as tool changes, user defined start and end events, or special post commands. This option controls the type of motion output.

Machine Control options can also be defined at the boundary level, at the boundary member level, and the group level, using Custom Boundary Data.

Copy From lets you copy special post commands from another operation or from an operation template.

Edit lets you add post commands to the start or end of the path.

Motion Output

Linear Only converts a series of linear moves to a single circular move.

Circular converts linear or circular moves to a rational B-spline curve, if enough of the GOTO points lie on the same arc.

Machine Cycle enables CYCLE95 output and displays the Subroutine Name box. You can accept the default name or change it.

Program group


Specifies the program to place the operation in.

Create New

Creates a new program and places it in the Program View of the Operation Navigator. For example, you could create a program called TAPE2 or O1234 to use for postprocessing.


Modifies the selected program.

Layout and Layer

Lets you save the geometry for the operation on a separate layer.

Options group

Edit Display

Controls the tool path display options such as color and type of tool display.

Customize Dialog

Specifies the parameters (text fields, buttons, and option menus) that appear in the dialog.

Actions group


Generates the tool path.


Refreshes the graphics window and replays the tool path.


Provides options for animating the tool path.


Displays a text listing of the tool path in an Information window.

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