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Thread: Mixing imperial tools with metric files?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Durham, NC

    Default Mixing imperial tools with metric files?

    My shop is set up primarily for metric units. So I'd like to do my ShopBot work in metric units as well.

    But almost all of my available bits are imperial.

    Is there any problem using an imperial-sized cutter with a metric-drawn project? I'm assuming I use one of the "mm" post processors.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Delray Beach, FL


    No-You can add a bit to your tool database that is imperial but enter it in metric with the appropriate metric width. I did the opposite for years doing all my work in Imperial but using a 5mm bit that I entered into the Imperial database as a .1917" (or something close to that) bit.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Dothan AL


    No problem, just enter your bit sizes with plenty of significant digits

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