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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 \\ Settings (Tab 6):

Settings for ThreadTracer

  • Remember Window Position : Enable this to always use the same window position. This will always open the ThreadTracer window where you left it on the screen.
  • New project starts with default values : Enable this to let ThreadTracer always start with the default values. Leaving this off, ThreadTracer will start with the values that was last used.

  • Interface Standard Size : Set the size of the interface to standard size.
  • Interface Large Size : Set the size of the interface to large. Use this if the interface and text are too small.

  • Allow Out-Of-Spec threads. Enable this to allow setting up threads with diameters or pitch that are outside the selected specification. (ISO/ANSI standard)
  • Machine Rapid Feed : Enter the rapid feed the machine travels at. This number is only used for more accurate calculaton of run time for the thread.

  • Check for update : Clicking this button checks if there is a ThreadTracer update available. Requires an internet connection.
  • Update Settings : If you changed any settings here, clicking 'Update Settings' button will apply the changes and refresh the window.

  • Interface Language : Select the language for the interface. Currently English, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish are available.

  • Group Processes : Set how many threading processes to group together.

  • Enable Operation Manager : Enable this to control how the threading operations are placed in the operation list.
  • - Move new operations to selected tile : This will move all new threading operations to the selected tile.
  • - Move new operations to top of list : This will always move all new threading operations to the top, any existing operations will be moved down.
  • - Insert empty tile after last operation : This will place an empty tile after the last operation, this makes it easier to find there the last threading operation is.
  • - Select all new operations : This will highlight or select all new operations (marked yellow).


  • 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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