How to create custom threads

You may occasionally need to use a type of thread that is not included in the set of default thread options in the hole tool.

To create your custom threads:

  1. Shut down any instances of Alibre Design, so that the program is closed.

  2. Go to C:\ProgramData\Alibre Design\System Files and then open the "alibre_unicode_sample" file in Notepad.

    Note: If you can't find the above file, Display Hidden Files and folders by going to Start>My Computer>Tools>Folder Options>View. Click the check on Show Hidden Files and Folders.

  3. The alibre_unicode_sample contains a sample of how to define a thread. Follow this example to input your thread parameters at the bottom of the page, following the format in the examples shown in the sample.

  4. Next, do a "save as" and make sure you select "all files" from the "save as type" field. Name the file ""

  5. Now, when you are creating the holes with the custom thread, you can select them from the Insert Hole dialogue.

Note that by default Windows does not display file name extensions - to see the .thd (or other Alibre system file extensions) you may need to check 'File name extensions' on the View ribbon.

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