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ThreadTracer 4 - Online Guide   Switching Spindle Auto Clearance      

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Acme Thread \\ Settings (Tab 6):

Settings for ThreadTracer

Remember Window Position (Back to top)

This option does not currently work, interface will always be centered and at the bottom of the screen.

New project starts with default values (Back to top)

  • 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 (Back to top)

  • Interface Standard Size : Set the size of the interface to standard size.
  • Interface Large Size (Back to top)

  • 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 (Back to top)

  • 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 (Back to top)

  • 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.
  • To improve the time estimate, you can set your machine tool Rapid Feedrate here. Your machines rapid feedrate can be found in the parameters of the machine.
    As there are as many rapid moves as feed moves in machining a thread, setting the correct rapid feedrate will allow for a more precise time estimate.

    If you work in metric, set the Rapid Feed in millimeters/minute. If you work in inch, set the Rapid Feed in inches/minute.
    Default values in ThreadTracer are 12000 millimeters/minute for GibbsCAM in metric and 500 inches/minute for GibbsCAM set to inches.




    Check for update (Back to top)

  • Check for update : Clicking this button checks if there is a ThreadTracer update available. Requires an internet connection.
  • Update Settings (Back to top)

  • Update Settings : If you changed any settings here, clicking 'Update Settings' button will apply the changes and refresh the window.

  • Interface Language (Back to top)

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

  • Group Processes (Back to top)

  • Group Processes : Set how many threading processes / operations to group together. If Nested Toolpath is on, this function is not active.

  • Enable Operation Manager (Back to top)

  • 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).

  • License Info (Back to top)

    Shows information for ThreadTracer license.

    When running the free version of ThreadTracer, the license number to the current GibbsCAM seat is listed here.


    Control buttons at the bottom (Back to top)

    rough_cut fin_cut material do_rough do_fin process online_guide save_data do_it
    Use the buttons at the bottom of the ThreadTracer dialog to turn on or off actions to make.

    Rough Cuts (Calculated) (Back to top)


    Holds information of the calculated Rough Cuts in the current programmed thread. 'amount of cuts' [ hh:mm:ss ]
    Rough Cuts 60 [ 00h 04m 01s ] means roughing the current programmed thread requires 60 threading passes with an estimated machining time of 4 minutes and 1 seconds.

    Fin Cuts (Calculated) (Back to top)


    Holds information of the calculated Finishing Cuts in the current programmed thread. 'amount of cuts' [ hh:mm:ss ]
    Fin Cuts 112 [ 00h 07m 29s ] means finish machining the current thread requires 112 threading passes with an estimated machining time of 7 minutes and 29 seconds.

    Est. Run Time (Calculated) (Back to top)


    Est. Run Time shows the calculated Run Time for machining, for all Roughing and Finishing passes combined.

    To improve the time estimate, you can set your machine tool Rapid Feedrate in the Settings tab. Your machines rapid feedrate can be found in the parameters of the machine.
    As there are as many rapid moves as feed moves in machining a thread, setting the correct rapid feedrate will allow for a more precise time estimate.

    If you work in metric, set the Rapid Feed in millimeters/minute. If you work in inch, set the Rapid Feed in inches/minute.
    Default values in ThreadTracer are 12000 millimeters/minute for GibbsCAM in metric and 500 inches/minute for GibbsCAM set to inches.


    Material Control ( Checkmark On/Off ) (Back to top)

  • 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.
  • You can change upper and lower machining limits for Material Control in the Machining Tab.

    Do Roughing ( Checkmark On/Off ) (Back to top)

  • 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 when pressing the 'Do It' button.
  • Do Finishing ( Checkmark On/Off ) (Back to top)

  • Do Finishing : This will enable finishing of the thread. When enabled it will run the finishing of the selected thread with the set parameters when pressing the 'Do It' button.
  • Process Ops ( Checkmark On/Off ) (Back to top)

  • Process Ops : This will enable the creation of GibbsCAM threading operations for all the calculated thread coordinates when pressing the 'Do It' button.

  • Do It Button (Back to top)

    Everything in ThreadTracer 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.
    '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.

    As ThreadTracer is an external plugin, there is no 'ReDo' button. If you need to change anything you must delete the threading operations in GibbsCAM and create new ones in ThreadTracer.

    If you delete the threading tool instead, all the operations in GibbsCAM that used that tool will be removed, this is often faster than selecting multiple operations with scrolling for deletion.
    ThreadTracer will always create a new tool based on tools settings from the Tooling tab (Tab 3) if no previous tool exists.

    If you are using NC Tracer to generate g-code for machining, Process Ops should be disabled(off) and instead enable 'NC PostProcessor' in Tab 7.


    Save Data Button (Back to top)

    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.

    Delay Timer (Back to top)


    Visual Delay Timer for in between each calculated thread pass.
    The Delay Timer can be useful for delaying the visual geometry drawn in GibbsCAM. If something seems off, it can sometimes help track the error with a delay and confirm that every pass is done correctly.
    Delay Timer was initially used in development of ThreadTracer, but kept it as it can be useful to slow things down if there is a suspicion of some passes not being laid out correctly.


    Online Guide Button (Back to top)

    Online Guide button will open this ThreadTracer documentation in a new web browser window.
    ThreadTracer will parse information on what thread style and tab thats currently open, and redirects the web browser to the relevant page.
    Clicking the 'Online Guide' while in Stub Acme and Tab 5, will open the documentation for Stub Acme and Tab 5.

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