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HSMAdvisor Integration with CADCAM

November 1, 2013, 10:53 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

NOTE. THIS INTEGRATION MECHANISM HAS BEEN DEPRECIATED AND REMOVED FROM HSMADVISOR.

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR MASTERCAM X9 AND MASTERCAM 2017 HOOKS FOR MASTERCAM

One of the most requested features in HSMAdvisor has long been integration with various CAD/CAM solutions available on the market.

There are two possible ways of achieving said task.

First way: using CAD/CAM API to create plugins to enable HSMAdvisor to "talk to" various software packages.
This road could produce the best results, however implementing it would be laborous and results not always very convinient to use.
Also developer(me) would have to create plugins for many dozens of cad/cam software packages. Muliply that by the fact that with each CADCAM release, a new version of plugin would need to be produced, tested and debugged. This work is for a whole software department and would call for a product far more expensive than what a lot of my customers could afford.

Second way: Grab tool, speed and feed data directly from the CAD/CAM window, process it and then update required information when the calculation is done.
This solution is easyer to implement and could prove to be the most convinient for user as well.

Need i tell you that i have chosen to go the easy way?

Without further delay let me introduce the first Speed and Feed calculator that can be integrated with a CAD/CAM solution by a user himself!

This is How it Works

Step One: User launches CAD/CAM solution. We will use MasterCAM x2 in our case.

A toolpath is programmed the usual way, a proper tool is selected and when it is time to enter your speed and feed data you launch HSMAdvisor.

On FSWizard page you first select ...
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Comparing HSMAdvisor vs. FSWizard:Mobile and other products

October 31, 2013, 12:58 pm by Eldar Gerfanov
Comparing HSMAdvisor vs. FSWizard:Mobile and other products

Update: It has been a while since i updated this table. So i decided to bump it.

I am often asked what are the differences between HSMAdvisor and FSWizard CNC Machinist's Speed and Feed Calculators.

To address it in a form that will be easy to understand, here is a little neat table. I also included competing software into the last column, so people can compare and make better decisions.

Feature HSMAdvisor FSWizard:Mobile FSWizard:Online Competitor "G"
Download
These Products Here

Get it on Google Play

Launch Online  G-Wizard, GWizard by CNCCookBook
Basic Speeds and feeds
Constantly Updated with latest tools and materials  
Chip Thinning and HSM
Tool Life estimation
Full Tool length/deflection compensation
Flute length compensation
Show Tool Deflection

Tool deflection limit
(Breakage prevention)

Show Tool Torque
Tool Torque Limit
(Breakage prevention)
Circular Interpolation compensation
Cut optimization
Tool Library
Advanced Tool Management
Machine Profiles
Spindle Power Curve compensation
Scientific calculator
Geometry calculators
Threads: 3 wire measurement
Reference:Tap/Drill charts, Fasteners, etc.
Application Wizard
Payment type

One time for life, free updates until next major release

-----OR-----

Yearly or Lifetime Subscription

Free for LITE version

One time payment for life,
free updates for life for PRO version

Free with most HSMAdvisor Packages

Free Yearly and Lifetime subscription
Hardware and Software Requirements  PC, Windows XP/7/8/10 Microsoft .NET 2.0+ Smartphone
Android 2.0+ or iOS5+
Any device with
web browser and internet connection.

PC, Mac. Requires
Adobe Air, Internet connection

 Regular Price for one unit  From $65 per year  $29
Free with most HSMAdvisor Packages
 free

 $79 per year

Legend:

Fully Supported Feature
Not Supported Feature
Partially Supported Feature

HEM is a relatively new term.

It means High Efficiency Milling. It only became available when constant tool engagement toolpahs became almost standard on most of the CAM software.

Unlike HSM that utilizes chip thinning effect, HEM relies on much larger widths of cut and thus chip thinning does not occur. What gives it its name is much higher material removal rate that would normally be possible.

When you are machining a pocket you are most often only milling at about 50% WOC. But nevertheless you need to calculate speeds and feeds based on the fact that the very first move and every corner will be full slotting action. Which means that the whole pocket needs to be machined at lower feedrate.

HEM uses constant engagement toolpths to make sure that this never happens and that Width of Cut remains optimal. Tool never needs to make a full slot so you can ramp up the feedrate as if you were doing outside profiling.

Here is a video of a 1/2" 3 flute endmill machining a 5/8" deep pocket in aluminum at full depth. Normally this pocket would have been machined in 2 steps at 150 inches per minute.

Using Constant Tool Engagement toolpaths we can go full depth at 0.175" stepover and 275 inches per minute.

The advantage of this method is obvious- Higher Productivity.

HEM is not ideal for all cases and each application merits its own method of machining, but its always nice to know more than one way to do your job.

 


Halloween Sale is On!

October 22, 2013, 8:17 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Haloween sale is ON!

All HSMAdvisor Licenses over $90 are currently 15% off!

You can buy a 3 Year Floating License Subscription Or a Permanent License now for just $82

Life Time Subscription is only $165 And Permanent License with LifeTime updates is $186

 Cheers!


Eric Sun from OrangeVise releases another cool video.

October 14, 2013, 1:21 am by Eldar Gerfanov

This is another video from his Productivity Series.

In there we get a quick demonstration of HSM techniques Eric is using to produce his beatiful vise.

Also my own HSMAdvisor is featured there!

Thank you Eric!

Orange Vise are produced in the USA.

Check out this website for more info http://orangevise.com


Ways in which High Speed Machining (HSM ) works

October 12, 2013, 12:32 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Lately there have been a lot of really interesting HSM topics on PracticalMachinist forums.

In one of them a guy who owns his own resharpening business posted a video of his endmill milling a block of D2 hardened to over 60 RC.
The forum topic is located here First try on D2 62Rc(video)

Here is his post so you know what we are talking about:

Quote:
In an effort to perfect our speeds and feeds while hardmilling, this is the first try. Its not right yet, but far from a failure. I apologize for the language at the end, but I do not edit my videos. The endmill was a reground garr VRX at .353 diameter. Parameters were 750 sfm, .018 radial, .300 axial and .004 ipt.
The next run will be at 650 sfm, .006 ipt using a mist sprayer. Also, any small areas will be blocked off to be ran at lower speeds to allow cooling time for the cutter. Just a note for anyone using a Mag Fadal, The E-stop button is not quick enough, use feed hold. The endmill was badly worn on the corners, but not broken, and will be resharpened and used again.

In the ensuing discussion i posted my own take on how and why HSM works

Quote:
HSM works in many ways.

1) Reduced cutting time per edge per revolution allows it to cool down more.
2) Chip thinning allows to increase chipload (advancement per tooth per revolution)
3) Increased depth of cut combined with shallow radial positively affects deflection. Tool bends less as it is more rigid towards the tool holder.
4) Higher cutting speed actually reduces cutting forces as heat generated in the cutting zone makes it easier to shear off a layer of metal. Yet because the time of contact is so small, most of the heat is carried away with the chip.
5) Higher RPM also allows to get rid of hot chips faster thus further reducing heat transferred to the tool.
6) Higher feedrate actually reduces relative cutting speed.
7) At high axial engagements more than one flute is in contact with the workpiece at different points along the axis of the tool. This too helps combat vibrations and chatter.
8) You are using more of the tool than just its tip, so technically you can do more work with one tool before it gets dull.
9) lastly it looks cool as hell and is very impressive. Whenever we know visitors or bosses are coming we try to make sure some HSM is going on even if application does not merit that
I am not sure if the air that is moved by the endmill is doing much, but i suspect he didn't mean exactly that.

 


New FSWizard for android is out!

October 8, 2013, 11:40 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I have added Fillet Calculator to our android version.

It allsows to calculate tangent points on a circle and two lines.

All you need to specify is an angle beteen them and a radius.

Also lines intersection point can be moved around.

As a result it returns coordinates of the points and the centre of the circle.


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FSWizard:Android update is coming soon!

October 5, 2013, 10:21 am by Eldar Gerfanov

Normally i can't keep secrets and announce what i am working on.

But this time is different.

I can only tell you that i am working on a unique feature in our android version

Nobody has done anything like that. I can only tell you that i will be adding more tools for aiding manual programming on the control.

Check back soon. Like my facebook page to get the latest updates on our many projects.

The link is on the right :)

 


Huge machine milling miniscule detail on a car scale model

September 29, 2013, 10:05 am by Eldar Gerfanov

Check this video out.

The whole thing is pretty impressive, but the best part starts closer to the middle of the video. At around 3:20 you can see the size of the machine. Truly amazing.

Note: TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN


Working with HSMAdvisor myCutDB Tool Library

September 25, 2013, 10:09 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I have been asked to create a tutorial on how to work with the tool library, so here it is.

myCut Tool Database is quite a unique thing.

It not only contains all of your tools, but also each and every tool can have multiple operations or "Cuts" attached to it.

Everything is very simple.

Database contains Libraries

Libraries contain Tools

And Tools contain Cuts


Each entity behaves according to specific rules and "knows" specific kind of data.

Please read more to learn how it all works....
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