There are three different tool types: standard, solid, and
sketched. It is important to understand the differences between
each type of tool and when you should use them.
Figure 2 – Solid Tool (Multi-tipped)
Figure 3 – Sketched Tool
You can configure tools when creating workcells or you can configure them
as needed when creating NC steps. Once you configure a tool, you can
store the information and use it again. There are three different tool types:
standard, solid, and sketched. Each type of tool is created in a different way
and is designed for a specific purpose.
• Standard tools – You can use standard tools when no special tool
representation is required. These tools are configured within the Tools
Setup dialog box.
• Solid tools – You can use solid tools when you need to enhance the tool
display and check for interference between the tool and workpiece when
• Sketched tools – You typically use sketched tools when a non-standard
tool shape or an alternative tool control point is required.