There is only one good way to make a cutting tool assembly selection easy: experience. The first time is difficult, but after doing similar processes dozens of times, CAD/CAM engineers can turn on autopilot. The bodies, adapters, holders, inserts, and whatever else you happen to need are often picked from memory.

Every once in awhile, a different job comes through and it’s back to the drawing board. Catalogues come out. Websites are scanned. Phone calls are made. Questions are asked on forums. And, you hope for the best. Now, there is a better way to create a tool assembly. No experience required.

Create the Right Assembly
With new GTC (Generic Tool Catalogue) standards, that old process of creating a tool assembly is set to retire. The MachiningCloud app for Windows, iPad, and Android is a universal platform open to the entire international machining community. We are helping to spearhead GTC standardization so that CAD/CAM programmers can update their tool assembly process for Industry 4.0. All this means is that through an easy to download and install app, you can do all of your cutting tool research, selection, assembling, and viewing in one place.

The app gives you one central location where you can quickly find the right tools and easily create an assembly. Beyond tooling data for millions of tools, you can also access manufacturer specific application advice such as speed & feed recommendations for your workpiece and assemblies. After you’ve identified the right tools and created an assembly, your tooling packages are securely saved on MachiningCloud for future reference and use.

View Fit and Function
MachiningCloud even provides 3D models and 2D drawings of tools for CAD/CAM and simulations. You can get direct access to up-to-date product data for an accurate visual simulation of what the tool assembly looks like once completed. View configured assemblies in 2D and 3D and get 360 degree visibility of your new assembly to clearly see fit and function. The app can simulate the exact tool in your particular shop’s software and minimize chances of collisions on your shop floor.

If you need to create a tool assembly, you’ve stumbled onto the right app. It should be your last. After reading this, all you need to do is download the app, install it and get started. With an assembly of 20 tools, we expect the process to take almost 75% less time than it did before you used the app, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give it a try, or continue reading about how MachiningCloud can Simplify your CNC Cutting Tool Workflow.