Tool Library


What is a Tool Library?

The PHYSICAL TOOL LIBRARY is a collection of milling tools, prepared for use with a CNC Spindle that has automatic tool changing capabilities. The milling tools are loaded into a collet assembly and their locations are recorded/programmed for CNC operations.


A DIGITAL TOOL LIBRARY is a digital representation of the PHYSICAL TOOL LIBRARY. This digital reference provides details on the actual/physical tools, including important information such as the tool’s diameter, length & location. This simulated library is used in the CAM interface for collision and/or problem detection; also used for Post Processing when sending a file to the CNC Equipment (indicates tool location).


Tool Libaries

The Tool Library is available for download by selecting one of the following links. *The libraries provided are for IDeATe Equipment ONLY!

IDeATe Tool Library : Standard, Inches

IDeATe Tool Library : Metric, Millimeters


1. Tool Library: Download
Download & save the Tool Library. Make note of where the file is saved.
2. Tool Library: Browser

RhinoCAM includes (2) browser windows:

1. Machining Operations Browser (AKA MOps or Machinining Browser) Create, manage and setup machining operations and preferences.

2. Machining Objects Browser (AKA MObs) Create, organize or manage Tool Libraries, Machinine Features/Drive Geometry and template operations.

3. Tool Library: Unload/Load

Unloading an existing Tool Library or Loading a new version, can be achieved through the Machining Objects Browser.

1. OPEN the Machining Objects Browser (MObs) by selecting the TOOLS, MACHINING OBJECTS button from the Machining Operations Browser (MOps).

2. UNLOAD any existing tool libraries, if they exist- by selecting the  UNLOAD TOOL LIBRARY button.

3. LOAD a tool library by selecting the LOAD TOOL LIBRARY button; browse to the location of the tool library and select OPEN.

After loading a tool library, a list of tools should appear in the Machining Objects Browser (MObs)- as shown in the image on the right.

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