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Tormach is about to introduce their first CNC grinder

September 10, 2013, 12:58 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

This video was uploaded a couple of days ago and has sparked fierce debates on PM forums about its feasibility.

There is no official information yet, but some are already wondering how accurate and cheap it is going to be.


And this is why you have safety doors on cnc lathes.....

August 31, 2013, 5:07 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

.....and this is why they are so heavy.

I have stumbled upon this video the other day.

It shows a very good reason to keep those doors closed at all times when runing your machine.


HSMAdvisor "Get It For FREE" program has ended

August 29, 2013, 9:24 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Hello gentleman,

This has been a great run.
Many of suggested features were implemented.
All of the reported bugs fixed and still there is so much to do left.

Out "get it for free" program however has ended.

Here is a list of people who qualified for a free license.

 

Name

 Bug
Reports

Accepted
Suggestions

Points

bevinp 1 1 2
spooq 1   1
jason.t 1 1 2
Kennis   2 2
rlockwood   2 2
Bruce 1   1
RotoRob 1   1
alloutmx 2   2
Scott_M   2 2
cschaffter 1   1
Blue_Chips 4(too many to count) 2 6
rem300wm 1   1
mike   2 2
rloncohen   1 1
xthump 1   1
ChristopherSims   1 1


Users who earned at least 2 points got qualified!

Pleaase send me email at cnc@zero-divide.net with your:

Name
Last Name
email address
Computer ID key

Those are users who gave suggestions on support forums.

If you wrote me emails, please get in touch with me anyway. Most of my email contacts who was involved into beta-testing have already gotten their keys.

Qualified users who suggested by email are:

  • Stan stanmc@****.net
  • David C. Allen

If you feel left out please get in touch with me. i could have forgotten somebody.


Time on great HSMAdvisor deal is running out!!

August 29, 2013, 9:10 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

HSMAdvisor is going fully commercial.

After September the 1st 30th, three seat license for HSMAdvisor currently available for just 75$ will cost 249$

Here are final prices for different packages that will be available:

 


 

Basic Individual License

  • Single Seat  ___________99$
  • Three Seat   ___________249$ (15% savings over single seat)
  • Five Seat     ___________349$ (30% savings over single seat)

Special Company-Wide License

  • Unlimited number of seats within company premise ___________email Quote

 


Hurry UP you only have few days left!!

 

For the list of people whos suggestions and feedback were deemed valuable and who will get a free license please read here.

 


An old trick to reduce or prevent chatter in extension holders

August 23, 2013, 12:36 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Shrink fit holders and extensions often come with a big through hole.

Its primary use is to allow the shank be knoked out from he back should the tool ever snap off. It is also used to supply coolant for CTS machines.

Unfortunately said hole affects rigidity of the holder making it more likely to chatter leaving bad surface finish and badly affecting tool life.

There is however an old trick to prevent or minimize the chatter.

All you have to do is pack that hole with some thick grease.

Don't forget to cap off the oppening so that grease does not escape when the tool is spinning.

Here are several photos of surface finish before and after grease application. All cutting parameters were exactly the same in both cases.


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Latest FSWizard for Android update!

August 23, 2013, 8:42 am by Eldar Gerfanov

I have just published a latest update to our FSWizard for android platform.

Starting from version 1.1 calculations will be persistent. Which means that app will remeber all input fields when its shut down and re-instate them on launch.

Program functions are now accessed through a drop down menu located in the header.

Also tool data is now resetting to default when tool type is changed.

There is a new addition too.

We now have triangle calc


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HSMAdvisor 0.500 has been released.

August 5, 2013, 9:06 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

HSMAdvisor version 0.5 has just become available on downloads page.

There are many improvements and fixes in there.

But the most noticable one is improved Circular Compensation Calculator.

 

Located on FSWizard page and only available for milling tools it allows to calculate with of cut by stock or pilot hole diameter.

Also helical angle calculator hels converting degrees to pitch and vise-verse.

Check it out!


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We all have manufacturer speed & feed charts and have used their recommendations.

But sometimes those charts just don't apply.

For example manufacturer charts assume you are using their endmills at a certain stickout length, flute length and at a certain depth of cut.

But in the real life you rarely match all these conditions.
Sometimes you need to use longer endmill. Sometimes your flute is longer than what manufacturer gave you speeds and feed for.

What i am trying to say is that whenever your real life conditions differ from "normal" you "need to adjust accordingly".
In fact this is what is printed below many charts.

Too bad not many sources tell you how and what to adjust.

While failure to adjust cutting parameters often leads to chatter, poor surface finish and even tool breakage, one of the biggest mistakes people do when machining is ...
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TiAlN coating is NOT for Aluminum!

July 13, 2013, 1:03 am by Eldar Gerfanov

I often read how somebody is suggesting other people to use TiAlN coated tooling for machining aluminum alloys.

I even see that coming from developers of other cnc speed and feed calculators who should know better.

Wake up people and stop misinforming your users.

TiAlN coating is NOT FOR Aluminum!


HarveyTool application chart CoatingsGuide_2010.pdf

FSWizard is now available on iOS and Android

July 7, 2013, 12:08 am by Eldar Gerfanov

The best online cnc speed and feed calculator FSWizard is now available for iPhone and Android.

CNC Milling and Turning Speed and Feed Calculator For Machinists

Update: Certain HSMAdvisor Licenses Include FSWizard PRO For Android for Free!!
Check out ourĀ HSMAdvisor Web Store for Details

Absolutely the best CNC machinist's speed and feed calculator around.
Calculate cutting conditions simply by choosing your work and tool material.
No need to know any numbers.
FSWizard will automatically use recommended cutting speed and chipload.

* Made by a machinist for machinists *
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