If you run into problems where your custom tool geometry in a DXF file is not accepted into the Tool Manager you should ensure that your customer tool geometry meets all the following criteria:

Geometry must be drawn horizontally, in the upper two quadrants, at or above the X axis.

  • No entities can have a negative Y value.
  • Geometry must be flat (at Z0) in Top view.
  • A closed profile of half the tool shape must be drawn.

The cutting tool geometry must be:

  • A closed shape
  • On a level named CUT

The shank geometry must be:

  • A closed shape
  • On a level named NOCUT (no spaces)
  • To the left of the cutting tool

For example, for this tool:

Custom Tools

Draw the geometry in the DXF file.

Custom Tools

To get this tool in the Tool Manager

Custom Tools

The same rule applies for tools in Mastercam and Mastercam for SOLIDWORKS.

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