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Combating Chatter: 4 reasons to NOT reduce your feedrate

April 30, 2016, 7:58 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

We all have heard hundreds of times that when chatter is happening during machining we should simply reduce our feed rate. The same advice we also hear for compensating for extra-long tools and unstable setups.

Let me explain why I think this is mostly incorrect.

Let’s list  the effects of reducing the feed rate:

  1. Reduces tool life.
  2. Reduces productivity.
  3. Increases deflection.
  4. Causes chatter.

Let me explain from my own experience and research i have done each of these points and a simple single way to avoid the the adverse effects of chatter....
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HSMAdvisor is moving to the Rolling Release model

April 21, 2016, 8:33 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

From this point on, all holders of valid HSMAdvisor licenses will be eligible to free Life-Time updates and upgrades to their HSMAdvisor product.
Likewise there is not going to be a big functionality jump between the version 1.99 and 2.0 like in some other software products.

This release model is called "rolling release" and it is becoming the new industry norm.
It offers smoother transition and no steep learning curve for existing users. It also helps prevent unavoidable bugs when a large amount of changes is introduced all at once....
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Hi-Feed Milling at 600 ipm!

April 8, 2016, 11:19 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Latest advances in tool technology make milling of high carbon and tool steels as reliable and predictable as benign aluminium alloys.

In this video a large 4140 steel component is being roughed out at 2700RPM and 600 inches per minute.
While achieving  impressive material removal rate (20 pounds of steel machined off in a matter of half an hour!) the tool life puts the old school square shoulder endmills to shame.

Yes, it could(and should) have been machined using a bigger cutter, but I wanted to put the tool to the test.
And it performed beautifully: Was able to surpass the recommended starting speeds and feeds by at least 170%!...
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One Case of HSM Machining: HSMAdvisor vs. All

April 2, 2016, 7:41 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Look for the HSM machining of the round central pocket in the beginning.
Here we have a 12mm 6 flute Coated hi-performance endmill, cutting 1" deep at 0.047" (10%) rWOC.
at 10000 RPM and 300 ipm feedrate. the chipload works out to be 0.005". Material is 4140 pre-hardened steel.

Impressive isn't it?
Those results have been achieved with uber-expensive BlueSwarf tap-test technology.

This is one video that caught the eye of one of my HSMAdvisor trial users:

 

Being a geek and wanting to help the user make the right decision I immediately punched the numbers into my HSMAdvisor app.

Here is what I've got:...
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Tesla Model 3: Is This The End?

April 2, 2016, 1:04 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

There have been purely electric cars long before the Tesla Model 3.

But Tesla has made it cool. Sort of like how Apple made the iPhone cool, Tesla made not just gas-free, environment-saving cars. It made cool high-performance vehicles that are fun to drive.

And nobody really cares that Chevy Volt has already been available for years for a comparable price. Couple of days since its unveil, the new Model 3 has already outsold the Volt. Not a small feat, considering, they are only going to start delivering in about a year!

But Tesla, like Apple, like Amazon is in many ways a disruptive technology....
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We are announcing a New Product!

April 1, 2016, 6:01 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I would like to announce the launch of a brand new product called HSMCode.

HSMCode combines the power HSMAdvisor speed and Feed calculator, its advanced Tool and Cut Database and the new functionality of HSMCode into one seamless product!

What does HSMCode Do?

HSMCode allows you to create ToolPaths from imported CAD or Solid geometry with ease.

All you need to do is pick features that need to be machined and HSMAdvisor will pick the most suitable tool, calculate proper speeds and feeds and then HSMCode will generate the G-Code for your machine

As simple as that.

You can also create additional geometry using an in-built CAD designer and Simulate your Toolpaths to verify the correctness of your work.

The sales will begin in a couple of months on June 31 2016!

Please contact me if you would like to test the early demo version, affect the development of the software and (depending on the value of your input) receive your Lifetime Subscription for free!

Cheers!


Mind the Gap!

March 29, 2016, 4:22 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Don't you hate when "that guy" cuts your stock a little too short?

Holding on to just 0.060" here. The part is 1.5" tall made out of 4140, which helps it stay in place and not collapse under machining pressure. Pretty sure it would have moved if it was made out of mild steel.

PS. Did I eay I love those CR vise? I do. Can't lift that jaw with a lift truck.


FSWizard:Mobile 1.47

March 29, 2016, 9:43 am by Eldar Gerfanov

There have been reports of troubles our FSWizard users were having after updating to Android 6.0

I issued some hotfixes before but they did not help.

So I would like to announce that with the latest update all the problems have been fixed. There were also minor updates in the UI, but nothing major.

Cheers!

 

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Jazzed-up Registration Module!

March 29, 2016, 8:59 am by Eldar Gerfanov

The number of this site's registered members is approaching 5000 and I am more and more often receiving requests to reset someone's password because they forgot it.

See, up until now there was no way for a user to reset his pass on his own. So I had to do it.

Being as lazy as I am (when it comes to petty chores) I have revamped our registration module.

You can now Register, Login, Forget your Password and Reset it in one convenient place.

Just go to Sign In menu option.

Oh, if you want to reset your pass you need to provide the email address, you used to register. And it needs to be valid, because it is where your new pass will be sent to!

Cheers!


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HSMAdvisor Easter Sale!

March 24, 2016, 9:24 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Let us kick off the first HSMAdvisor sale of 2016!

Until April 1st save 15% on all HSMAdvisor purchases over $90

You can buy a 3 year subscription for $82
A Lifetime Subscription for just $165

Offer is combinable with our standard 30% multiple seat discount!

So, you can save even when buying the 2 seats of one year subscription.

Check our web store for updated pricing: http://hsmadvisor.com/index.php?page=buy

Happy Easter and have a Good Long Weeken


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