Views:

To access the Material Database import dialog go to File-->Preferences-->File IO. Click on the browse button to select the TXT file created to the specifications outlined below.

There are 14 data categories that are supported. Each new material entry must be on a single line and there must be a tab between each entry. All categories must be entered, if a material you are defining does not have an entry (typically a comment), the category must be entered as “NULL”, without the quotes. Each category has a particular type of data it can read. A “string” is text and a “real number” is any non-irrational number.

Category type of data Example
Family string Alloy Steel, Cast
Alloy Group string Low Carbon
Alloy Comment string This is a low carbon steel alloy casting
Hardness string Over 50 HRC
Condition string Carburized &/or Quenched and Tempered
Tool Material string Carbide Solid
Cut Type string End Mill, Peripheral
Cut Depth real number 75
Tool Size real number 6
Surface Feed real number 45
IPR or millimeters per thread real number 0.102
Use Comment 0 or 1 0 for no comment or 1 for using a comment
Comment string NULL (if there is no comment)
Metric 0 or 1 0 for inch or 1 for metric

† These strings must match strings is the current Material Database dialog. That means the Tool
Material must be

  • HSS
  • HSS TiN Coated
  • Carbide Insert
  • Carbide Solid
  • Diamond
  • Other.

‡ These strings must match strings is the current Material Database dialog. That means the Cut
Type must be

  • Boring
  • C. Bore
  • Drilling
  • End Mill, Peripheral
  • End Mill, Slot
  • Mill
  • Reaming
  • Spotface
  • Tapping
  • Turning
  • Cutoff
  • Thread.

Following is an example of a material entry as seen in Microsoft® Word. The arrows represent tabs
and the pilcrow(¶) is a return.

Alloy Steel, Cast --> Low Carbon --> This is a low carbon steel alloy casting --> Over 50 HRC --> Carburized &/or Quenched and Tempered -->
Carbide Solid --> End Mill, Peripheral --> 75 --> 6 --> 45 --> 0.102 --> 1
--> NULL¶