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HSMAdvisor v0.830

July 27, 2014, 8:13 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I have just uploaded a pretty big update to HSMAdvisor. Check it out on DOWNLOAD page!

In this update i have completely redesigned the way Tool and Cut Drop-Down lists work.

Now Information is diaplyed in neat columns and rows. Rows also alternate in color.

But wait, there is more!

You can also now change the order and the type of information displayed in these Drop-Down lists!

Just Right Click on either Tool or Cut DropDown list to choose the visibility of any column:

You can use Up and Down buttons to re-order columns in a way that pleases your eyes.

New Things:

  • Redesigned Tool and Cut dropdown lists on the FSWizard page
    Ability to not only choose the kind of data displayed in the lists, but also order of columns.
  • Added "Generic" switch to the Tool Information Dialog that allows to create tools with editable cutter geometry (can change things like diameter, flute lengths etc.)
  • Added NITRONIC 50-60 and ToughMet 2-3 to material list.  

Improved Things:

  • Fixed faulty in/mm conversion for saved metric cuts
  • Adjusted cutting speeds for some stainless steels

HSMAdvisor MidSummer Sale!

July 14, 2014, 10:32 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

For a limited time purchase any HSMAdvisor license at more than 15% discount.

We hadn't had a sale in quite a while, so i thnik it is time for one more to mark.....eh.. the very middle of the Summer!

It is July 15, and i just realized we are past half-way point and it is not long before summer is over.

Invest into software that takes "guess" out of your machine shop work!


An interesting conversation

July 12, 2014, 11:32 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

A few days ago one of FSwizard:PRo users questioned me over how FSwizard works.

The way SFM calculates seemed off to him.

As a result i made a quick sketch for him, that i thought i would share here.

Omar was asking me how come SFM seemed wrong for a 1" dia ball-nose cutter when making shallow depth cuts.

The sketch above shows exactly why.

On the left part we see a cutter engaged into the material to the depth equal to its corner radius.
At that depth the maximum effective diameter is achieved. So an old good RPM=4xSFM/Dia formula would apply.

But at shallower depths, effective diameter of the cutter is reduced.

At 0.1" depth of cut, effective diameter would only be around 0.6"

In fact it goes to zero at the very centre. So a higher RPM will be required to achieve the recommended cutting speed.

In the same thread i also explained how DOC/WOC balancing works.

So if you are interested - read on.

Here is the thread http://zero-divide.net/index.php?page=forums&shell_id=170&article_id=4590

 


HSMAdvisor v0.822

July 12, 2014, 6:06 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

A latest update to HSMAdvisor is available right now in the downloads section!

The main new thing is ability to assign custom or Tool Manufacturer-recommended Speeds and Feeds to tools saved in the database.
Please refer to this tutorial for a detailed walk-through on how this can be accomplished.

Why have manufacturer-recommended speeds and feeds when my calculator already does pretty much the same thing?
Simply because cutter geometry and composition varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. And tools made by different companies often vary in quality and performance.

Even things like cutter material and coatings vary in hardness and toughness.

Aside from this major update, little bugs were fixed.

Fixed and Improved:

  • New "Speed and feed source" indicator disappearing problem solved.

  • Fixed limits for drilling, taping and turning.

  • changed layout for Reference Calculators

Edit: I just uploaded a video showing how to add custom Speeds and Feeds to youtube.


Manufacturer-Recommended Speeds and Feeds in HSMAdvisor

July 12, 2014, 4:34 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

One of the latest additions to HSMAdvisor speed and feed calculator is the ability to set manufacturer-recommended speeds and feeds for work-piece materials and groups of materials.

Here is a YouTube video walk-through showing how to add S&F tables into the program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJOgWfgy99U

HSMAdvisor uses Brand Name and Series Name to assign speed and chipload tables to tools.

A new "Speed and Feed Source" (S&F Source) indicator has been added to quickly tell user which speed and feed table is being used right now.

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FSWizard Lite for Android reaches 10 000 downloads!

June 29, 2014, 8:30 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

FSWizard Lite for Android reaches 10 000 downloads!

To mark the ocasion, prices for the FSWizard PRO for Android have been dropped by a whooping 50%!

Reduced pricing will only be available for a limited time!

Here is a link to FSWizard PRO in Google Play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.beta.fswizard


HSMAdvisor v0.812

June 14, 2014, 3:40 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

The latest release of HSMAdvisor is now available on Download Page

There have been many important improvemnts. So please download this update ASAP

  • Important!: Add Tool Error fixed
  • Expanding and then contracting window would sometimes cause layout to break. This issue has been fixed
  • Layout problems when using non-standard Windows scaling were fixed.
  • Window resize by dragging one of its edges has been turned on.
  • Program Launch Time was improved

Recent service problems

June 1, 2014, 3:37 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Recently i noticed that I (and everyone else) could not add new information to my website.

The issue affected everything. New support forum posts were getting rejected, you could not save online calculations and even automatic payments were not saving in my online database.

Turns out my hosting (the company that hosts my web sites on their servers) changed a bunch of settings from their end.

This caused all the issues many may have been experiencing.

Now everything has been fixed. In fact it only took me half an hour to fix things, but 3 days webservices were immobilized until i noticed the problem.

I also made some changes to HSMAdvisor program.

In version 0.811 i have fixed an annoying glitch that crashed the progam when less than 3 days were remaining on the trial.

It did not affect paying customers, but i guess it cost me a few of potential ones.

I guess it is another drawback of releasing updates as often as i do.


HSMAdvisor v0.810

May 25, 2014, 1:34 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

New Things:

  • New "Indexable Drill" Tool Type
  • Some tool will now have Usage Tips in the warning box, IE new Indexable Drill Tool type will have recommendations to use through coolant.
  • New Buttons on Tool Geometry pane:
    [Edit As New] button allows to quickly drop current tool and use its data to create a new one
    [Add Tool] Allows to quickly add tool to the library of your choise
  • Edit/Add Tool dialog now allows you to choose tool library when you add or edit tool information data into the database

Whats fixed:

  • On systems where comma (,) is used to in place of a decimal point, selecting Tap tool type would throw an error.
    This glitch has been fixed in this update.


HSMAdvisor v0.803

May 19, 2014, 6:13 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

What's new:

  • Revised chiploads for smaller endmills.
  • Revised recommended Depths of Cut for different material types for endmills with various number of flutes.
  • Improved Deflection model to include cutter lead angle.

In this update i have re-visited speeds and feeds area of the calculator.

Recommended Depth of Cut and Deflection calculation was revised.
At the same time Chiploads for endmills smaller than 3mm or 0.125" were reduced in half.

This resulted in most things regarding actual Speeds and Feeds remaining the same, but i believe this update works better as it considers material type and number of flutes to calculate recommended depth of cut.

Also Deflection calculation was changed for tapered endmills


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