In ecam is possible define several stock materials.
The purpose of having several stock material is to give the possibility to save different tool cut-data for the same tool.
With the same End-Mill :
-> if you are going to work mild steel , the software will select releated cut data parameter for mild steel
-> if you are going to work aluminum, the software will select releated cut data parameter for aluminum
Default Material List
By default you have 3 material available:
- Mild Steel
- Stainless steel ( INOX )
To open the material dialog, first you need to open tool table :
From Menu -> Edit -> Tools
then click [EDIT STOCK MATERIALS] from tool table.
The button is available only when you open tool window from menu.
When you open tool window in "Tool Selection Mode" this action it's not enabled
Below the MATERIAL LIST window.
Create New : Add a new material to the list. See below the properties you need to edit.
Delete : It delete permanently selected material. It not suggested delete materials after using it in some project.
Save And Close : Save user edits and close the window
Unique Id : This is an auto-calculated property. It's the combination of [Material Group] and [Material Grade] properties.
1) Is important have a different unique id for each material. This property is used to retrive the cutting data parameters related to the material.
2) Don't change this id from existing material , since you are going to lose all the referenced cutting data .
Description : This is the description you are going to see in home treeview or in combobox in the tool store dialog.
Material Group : You can consider this as the material main category . The common group are P - M - K - N - S - H
Material Grade : For the same material group you can have different material grades. Insert the value in this field.
Material Group and Grades are used from tool builder to classificate the various material of component part.
Here and here , some tools website with more information about this classification.
Specific Weight : Right now this property it's not used from the software. It's planned a method to give to the user the weight of the stock. So it will come in handy in the future.