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Tool Inventory Advisor: Workflow Overview

November 9, 2015, 11:04 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

TiAdvisor (Tool Inventory Advisor) is a new feature under development within HSMAdvisor.

Unlike most cases when developers design a standalone product and then go through a laborious work of integrating it into existing software products, i decided to go the other way.

TiAdvisor will be developed as an integral part of HSMAdvisor and then, once complete, will be moved into a separate standalone product. This will make for seamless integration between our software products.

What TiAdvisor does

  • Keeps track of inventory levels.
  • Automatically add tools that are low in stock to Purchase Request List
  • Generate and print Purchase Request form
  • Add tools to stock when they are received

More functions are being worked on.

Download TiAdvisor bundled with HSMAdvisor over here: http://zero-divide.net/index.php?page=forums&shell_id=170&article_id=4776

TiAdvisor Workflow

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Did you know there are three ways you can touch off your tools?

Because of how Machine Offsets add up, there are several ways CNC machinists can set their Tool and Work Offsets.

This is especially true Tool Length Offsets.

Tool Offsets can be either Positive or Negative.
Depending on your Machine Shop equipment you should use one or the other.

Regardless of how you set you tool length offset you apply it the same way.
Right after the tool change and after turning on your spindle and moving to your X Y position above the part.
The very first abslute Z movement should be the line where you apply the tool length offset.

Code
T15 M6; (TOOL CHANGE)
G0 G54 G90 X1.0 Y1.5 S1500 M3;(APPLY WORK OFFSET, MOVE TO THE FIRST POSITION, TURN ON THE SPINDLE)
G43 Z2.0 H15; (APPLY TOOL LENGTH OFFSET WHILE MOVING TO 2.0" ABOVE THE PART)
G0 Z0.1 M08;(MOVE TO FEED HEIGHT AND CARRY ON WITH THE PROGRAM..)

Positive Tool Offsets (gage line tool length offsets)

In case of Positive Tool Offsets, the offset represent the Length of the tool measured as a distance from Gauge Line of the spindle (typically spindle nose) to the tip of the tool. The longer the tool, the larger your Tool Length offset will be.

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Urgent HSMAdvisor Update

October 27, 2015, 7:23 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

A couple of things got broken after the last update, so I have just released a fix to solve the issues.

Now everything works better than ever.

Thank you to everyone for reporting the issues. I will make sure to avoid these problems next time around.

Cheers!

 


HSMAdvisor v1.199

October 24, 2015, 10:54 am by Eldar Gerfanov

This is update is the last one before a pretty big new additional feature being added to HSMAdvisor. So i cleaned up all the little glitches and made a lot of invisible to naked eye improvements.

Without going into detail i can tell you that those features normally cost users of other software products upwards of several hundred dollars, and they will not be without a cost to HSMAdvisor users too.

This feature will be optional and only those who need it will be able to purchase it as an add-on Later this feature will become a separate software product with HSMAdvisor add-on being just a small part of it.

Development of HSMAdvisor will continue as normal.

 

 What is new and improved in this update:

  • Improved function of Tool Tables. Removed flickering. Faster Filtering and scrolling.
  • App Icon changed
  • Modified over 45 Degree Ramping Feedrates for milling.
  • Fixed Cloud Machine Upload

2015 Haloween Sale!

October 23, 2015, 8:03 am 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!


Before we run any G-Code program, we need to tell the machine where our part zero is.
A Part Zero is simply a bunch of numbers that offset axis to give machine a new coordinate point to work from.

Work Offsets is one of the most basic pieces of knowledge any machinist must have.

Let us account for all the basic coordinate systems and definitions, available in a generic CNC machine

  • Machine Home and (Absolute) Machine Coordinates
  • Work Offset Coordinates
  • Tool Length Offsets

Machine Home and Machine Coordinates: G53

Machine Coordinates (or Absolute Coordinates) is the absolute and constant representation of machine axis position.
These coordinates never change between Machine Restarts and must remain such. In fact there is often no way for an operator to adjust Absolute Machine Axis Home position.

Machine Home is simply that magical place where all Machine Coordinates should become Zero.

To Home the Machine is to start a machine operation, that will move all Axis to their soft limit position where X,Y and Z axis reading will be set to zero.

Homing must be done every time you restart your machine. Without it machine does not know where is the position of its table or spindle.

When homed your machine coordinates will read X=0 Y=0 and Z=0 and it is going to look like this:


The point where Machine X and Y intersect is called Table Home Position and the one where the Machine Z axis starts from is called Spindle Home.

Now, there is no agreement between machine tool manufacturers on where the machine home should be.

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Proper machining depth and width of cut are just as important as proper Speeds and Feeds. 

This is not only importanttant for professional machinists, who are machining on the edge of their tooling and setup capability, but also for hobbyists, who often face limits from the machine rigidity side of the equation.

HSMAdvisor Speed and Feed calculator has a unique tool used for figuring the best engagement values for each particular cut you are making.

It is called Performance Slider. And it adjusts expected load on the tool and machine depending on your preferred machining mode.

Check out this video I made that explains Performance Slider' functionality:


Suggested new feature to HSMAdvisor: Quick G-Code Wizards

September 20, 2015, 4:54 pm by Eldar Gerfanov
Recently i have received a very interesting suggestion, which i would like to discuss with you, guys.
 
A HSMAdvisor user wants to be able to create quick G-Code snippets based on the Tool and Cut information that HSMAdvisor has.
 
G-Code Wizards will allow you to quickly create a stub program for various standard machining operations.
 
For example you calculate speeds and feeds for drilling.
Then you have the ability to create a G-Code program based on your input like so:
 
T15 M6(T15 1/2" HSS Drill)
G54 G0 G90 X[Hole1_X] Y[Hole1_Y] S1500 M03
G0 G43 H15 M08
G81 G98 X[Hole1_X] Y[Hole1_Y] Z[Depth] F15.0
X[Hole2_X] Y[Hole2_Y]
X[Hole3_X] Y[Hole3_Y]
G80
G0  Z0.5 M09
G0 G91 G28 Z0 M05
 
All with a few clicks of a mouse.
This piece of code with minimal modifications you can then quickly insert into your program.
 
What do you think about it?
 

FSWizard:Mobile Has Been Featured on ENGINEERING.com Website!

September 20, 2015, 4:26 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Quote:
Zero_Divide's FSWizard speed and feed calculator is the latest professional-grade mobile calculator to hit the i0S and Android stores.

For those who aren't happy with the accuracy of the speeds and feeds generated by their CAM software, FSWizard may be your solution. Like a Swiss army knife, it also includes a toolbox of essential charts and standalone calculators to make life easier for machinists.

Check it out here: http://www.engineering.com/CAM/ArticleID/10667/First-Look-Speed-and-Feed-Calculations-Go-Mobile-with-FSWizard.aspx

Can not say it gave me an immediate influx of new sales (although every bit helps!). I guess most of the sales are driven through this web site and the buzz around HSMAdvisor Advanced Speed and Feed Calculator or the free FSWizard:Online calculator.


Canned cycles are used every time we need to drill, ream or tap holes on our CNC machine

Standard Fanuc G-Code language supports more than a dozen canned cycles.

The most common cycles that will cover 99.9% of your g-Code CNC programming work are:

G-Code Name Motion Style
G81 Standard Drilling Feed-In, Rapid-Out
G83 Deep Hole Peck Drilling Incremental Feed-In by Peck Distance, Rapid Out, Repeat
G84 Right Hand Tapping Feed-In,Reverse Spindle, Feed-Out
G85 Reaming/Boring Feed-In, Feed Out

Subsequent holes

You can drill additional holes After your canned cycle has been initiated.
Any line with X Y position will be treated as another hole position.

Each position can have its own Retract value, feed rate and retract height modifier.

G80 - Canned Cycle Cancel Code

After all the holes of the canned cycle have been drilled, it is required to call G80 code in order to cancel the current cycle.

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