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ThreadTracer 4 - Online Guide

   Switch interface tabs with the buttons below to view documentation for each tab  
                      Thread Data Fillet / Chamfer Tooling Machining Thread Options Settings Control                                                                        

Acme Thread \\ Tooling (Tab 3):

Select what type of tool to use for machining the Acme thread.


Tools shown in the window will be correctly represented for Righthand and Lefthand threads, click the Update button if they are not shown correctly.

Supported tools

  • Grooving tool, rectangular with radius on corners.
  • Grooving tool, with full radius.
  • Round Insert (Button Insert).
  • Diamond Insert - Pointing towards the main spindle.
  • Diamond Insert - Pointing straight down.
  • Diamond Insert - Pointing away from the main spindle. (Points towards the sub-spindle)

  • Tool Presetter

    Use the 3 radio buttons to select where on the insert/tool presetter you measured the Z offset for the tool. (right/left side or center)

    Tool Geometry

  • Insert Width : Enter the insert width for grooving tools. For diamond tools this input box is disabled.
  • Insert Radius : Enter the insert corner tip radius. On diamond tools this is the tip radius.
  • Face Relief : Enter the insert face relief for diamond tools. A standard holder will usually hold the insert with a 5 degree face relief.
  • Inscribed Dia : Enter the size of the insert.
  • Diamond Style : From the dropdown, select diamond style for insert. VBMT, DNMG and CNMG are supported.
  •     Its important to select the correct style and Inscribed Diameter as the geometry of the tool are used to detect tool gouging against the thread profile.

    B-axis machines and toolholder orientation

  • B-Axis Tilt : Set the B-axis tilt in degrees. For B-axis machines, the angle set here will be used when creating the tool for machining.
  •     You may experiment here what values to set with a B-axis machine, if the tool requires the B axis to be rotated 45° for the tool to be correct,  the value in ThreadTracer may be 45° (or -45°)



    Control buttons at the bottom.

    Use the buttons at the bottom of the ThreadTracer dialog to turn on or off actions to make.


    Everything in the window is controlled by the 'Do It' button.

    You can turn on/off options, generate visual geometry, change cut depths, change tool sizes and everything will be recalculated and updated when you press 'Do It'.
    As long as the 'Process Ops' or 'NC Postprocessor' are disabled, no GibbsCAM operations or g-code will be generated.

    Set up the all the roughing and finishing of the thread and only enable 'Process Ops' when everything seems correct. With 'Process Ops' enabled it will generate GibbsCAM threading operations.

  • Material Control : This will enable material control, and keep all threading cuts within the set limits. By default the limits are always set to Major and Minor diameter.
  • Do Roughing : This will enable roughing of the thread. When enabled it will run the roughing of the selected thread with the set tool parameters.
  • Do Finishing : This will enable finishing of the thread. When enabled it will run the finishing of the selected thread with the set parameters.
  • Process Ops : This will create GibbsCAM threading operations for all the calculated thread coordinates.

  • 'Do Roughing' and 'Do Finishing' can be set individually. If only 'Do Finishing' is enabled and 'Process Ops', it will only create GibbsCAM threading operations for the finishing passes.

    Click 'Do It' button to start running the options that's selected.

    Click 'Save Data' to store the current thread setup into the GibbsCAM program

    It will create a new data entry if its a new thread, after the thread setup is stored the button will change to 'Update Data'.
    This way you can store and update the same thread entry, and not create a completely new thread entry every time the 'Save Data' is clicked.
    If you need to create a new data entry in the GibbsCAM part, you must close ThreadTracer and restart it, and it will now start with a new data entry.


    These lines of text can also be copied and pasted into other GibbsCAM programs, to quickly recreate the thread without typing in all the parameters again.

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