The dressing principle of a newly developed metal bonded superabrasive tool named porous self-generation superabrasive tool (PSST) is introduced. It is found that the ‘soluble’ filler added in the bond material can be dissolved by certain solution, and porous structure can be formed on the highly compacted surface layer of the metal-bonded superabrasive tool. The dressing process of PSST are investigated by a series of lapping experiments. Surface topography of PSST during lapping process is observed. It is found that the porous structure can be maintained on the PSST surface layer during the lapping process. There is little jam happened on the PSST surface. The generated porous binder on PSST surface layer is more susceptible to bond fracture, which is benefit to the self-sharpening of the metal bonded superabrasive tool.