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How to Import Tools using


Machining Cloud fast-tracks your shop’s entire workflow ( With easy of access to manufacturers’ product data and application knowledge, you can power-up your digital shop in ways never-before possible. When working with MachiningCloud to house your tool library, utilizing the Tool Library in BobCAD-CAM is not necessary. You can easily export jobs as needed in order to import them into the Tool Crib for the current job.

The MachiningCloud Import dialog allows you to see a list of the tool assemblies that have been exported in order to deselect any that should not be imported, verify that the components are being assigned to the proper type, and save the selected assemblies to the Tool Crib, or the Tool Library.




In Machining Cloud, the "My Tools" tab of the "My Workshop" page contains all Tool Assemblies. Any tools you would like to list in BobCAD-CAM's tool library can be exported from this page, and brought in. In the following steps you will see how to export tool assemblies to store in your BobCAD-CAM Tool Library for future jobs.

Note: Using this method, the tool assemblies will be added to your library. Individual tools needed for a job will still need to be added to the Tool Crib.


Export the Tools from Machining Cloud


1. In the My Tools tab of the My Workshop page, select the tools to be exported.
Click Export.
The Export - dialog appears.
Select BobCAD-CAM from the cloud partners list.
The Save As dialog appears.

2. Select a location for the file to be saved, name the file, and click Save.
The file is processed. Its progress can be tracked by clicking the Ongoing Downloads button at the top right.


Import to the Tool Library


1. From the Tool Library, click  Import from File.
The Open dialog appears.

2. Set the File Type to MachiningCloud (*.ZIP) and then locate, and select, the proper file.

3. Click Open.
The MachiningCloud Import dialog appears.

Note: If there are any error reports in the exported job, those errors will be reported in the log at the top of the MachiningCloud Import dialog. This is usually caused by missing models.

4. Expand each tool assembly to view the individual tool items. Check the Type they have been assigned by default and update any Types that have not been assigned properly.

5. Tools which have erroneous values are marked in red. Click each of these tools in order to view the tool parameters and correct any bad values.

6. Once values on a marked tool are corrected, right-click the tool description and select Resolve.

7. Deselect any tool assemblies that you do not wish to import.

Click Save when done.


Important: In some cases, tools are missing all the values necessary to properly define them. These tools are displayed with a red font in their description. Before the tools can be saved, these must either be resolved, or deselected, otherwise an error will display when you attempt to save.

  • Cancel - closes the dialog and does not save any tool assemblies.

If any tools are left unresolved, an error will appear notifying you. When this occurs either correct the tool values and mark them resolved or deselect them.



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