I’m starting to think about reserving 1-9 as aliases to use for bits currently in frequent use, but to systematize in the hundreds, and leave double digits for future organization. Or maybe go to four digits; I don’t know how well various tools deal with four-digit tool numbers. I know “dewey decimal system” was a joke, but really I had already thought of it as an analogy for what I want to do; I’m looking for a system after all.
Ultimately I need an accession number. But even four digits isn’t obviously enough. If, for example, I were to have 1000’s means imperial, then 1XXY could be XX 32nds of an inch shank and Y be an accession number, but that wouldn’t work for ⅛" for me since I already have more than 10 kinds of bits with ⅛" shank; I would run out of 104Y numbers.
I’d like one set of tool numbers across all software I use, and directly address my crib. I don’t have and for the foreseeable future won’t have an ATC. I’d like my
T tool strings to directly reference my crib, so I can get a prompt and go straight to the crib for the next bit to avoid confusion.
This is confused a bit because some systems use a convention where a
T tool string has a configurable portion that provides or addresses a tool offset. This is commonly used on lathes, I think. But I have no plans for a CNC lathe at this point, and I can burn that bridge when I come to it.