The 2019 Cutting Tools Workbook is Here!


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MecSoft Corporation is excited to announce the release of The 2019 Cutting Tools Workbook, a FREE 120-page guide to working with cutting tools in its 2019 line-up of CAM plugins including VisualCAD/CAMRhinoCAMVisualCAM for SOLIDWORKS and AlibreCAM. This updated guide now includes MILL and TURN tools!

Many of you have asked for more comprehensive information on working with Cutting Tools in our CAM module plugins. This updated workbook delivers with the following in-depth information

Creating Tools

This guide walks you through the process of creating tools and using the predefined tool libraries installed with the software as well as creating your own custom tool libraries. Also included is in-depth information on the Tools tab and the Create/Select Tools dialog including the Feeds & Speeds Calculator!
The Create/Select Tools Dialog

Tool Related Answers

This updated workbook also includes answers to many of the questions that users ask most, including how to define a custom tool, print your tool list, define tool related preferences and tool related optimization such as machining time estimates and more.

Advanced Topics

This updated workbook also answers more advanced questions such as how to include tool comments, define a tool change point and enable cutter compensation in your posted g-code. How to customize the Feeds & Speeds Calculator with your own custom materials is also explained.


You may be asking yourself why is this guide called a workbook? That’s because it includes worksheets on every tool type supported by the new 2019 MILL and TURN modules! You can print these worksheets and use them to document your existing and new tool inventory for creating tools and setting up your tool library in the MecSoft CAM plugin of your choice! A sample worksheet is shown below.
Sample MILL Tool worksheet from The 2019 Cutting Tools Workbook
Sample TURN Tool worksheet from The 2019 Cutting Tools Workbook

Data Sheets

In addition to the worksheets mentioned above, the Reference section also includes the parameter values of every INCH and METRIC tool that comes installed in the predefined tool libraries so that you know exactly which parameter to adjust to make them YOUR custom tool library!

What’s Inside

The Cutting Tools Workbook is packed full of information that will help you become more proficient with your MecSoft CAM software. Here is the complete list of topics included in this must-have companion guide.
What’s New
Videos & Guides
Print Media ArchiveAbout This Guide

      About the MILL Module
About the TURN Module Using this Guide

Getting Ready
    After Installing MILL
Locate the Tools Tab
The Create/Select Tools Dialog

Creating Tools
          Create a Tool
Create a Tool Library
The Feeds & Speeds Calculator
Use The Preinstalled Tool Libraries
Add your Existing Tools to a Library
More about the Tools Tab
More about the Create Tools dialog

Tool Related Answers
          Where can I find Tool Preferences?
How can I Print a Tool List?
How can I add a Custom Tool?
Why are my Feed Rate values too High/Low?
What about Tapping Feed Rates?
Optimize Machining Time Estimates?More Advanced Answers
          How to add Tool Comments?
How to add a Tool Change Point?
How to add more Materials?
How to enable Cutter Compensation?

          Mill Tool Worksheets
Drill Tool Worksheets
Turn Tool Worksheets
Feeds & Speeds Data
Default English Tools Library
Default Metric Tools Library

How to Download this Guide

The Cutting Tools Workbook is included, along with other bonus guides & tutorials, as part of your MecSoft Annual Maintenance Subscription (AMS). As an AMS subscriber you get access new product updates, advanced one-on-one technical support, monthly user webinars and MecSoft’s CAMJam self-training video archive. To learn more about AMS and CAMJam just give us a call, chat or contact MecSoft sales or support.

More Information

For more information about each of these Mill Module products, including data sheets, videos and other resources we invite you to visit the following product pages:

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Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse

Don LaCourse is an Application Engineer with MecSoft Corporation. Don brings over 20 years of experience in CAD/CAM operations in both automotive and mold design applications. Don also has extensive experience in documenting CAD/CAM products and is actively involved with writing the on-line help as well as creating training tutorials for MecSoft's products.

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