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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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HSMAdvisor. Try It Again!

September 20, 2015, 12:02 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

The latest update of HSMAdvisor Advanced Speed and Feed Calculator resets trial clock for all users.

So if you tried it before and were not sure if this is for you, you can use it again absolutely for free for another 30 days.

As usual you can download the latest release over here -> http://hsmadvisor.com/?page=HSMAdvisor


HSMAdvisor Cutomer satisfaction survey

September 13, 2015, 9:35 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Please help us make HSMAdvisor a better software product.

Tell me if we are heading in the right direction.


New stuff in HSMAdvisor 1.191

September 13, 2015, 10:01 am by Eldar Gerfanov

 

We have some (I am sure welcome) addition to our family of tool types supported by HSMAdvisor.

The new tool type is "Boring Head".

This tool is used for finishing holes on milling centres. Also in this release I have made a lot of improvements to operation of myCut Database and revised ssuggested depth of cut for milling tools when used at low radial engagement.

More details on the HSMAdvisor Download page.

Regards!

 


Key factors Determining Success of High Speed Machining (HSM)

September 12, 2015, 8:29 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

As a developer of a very successful line of speed and feed calculators I sometimes get questions like : "I calculated speeds and feeds for a conventional toolpath. Got 5.5 cubic inches MRR(Material Removal Rate). And then I calculated S&F for the same endmill with HSM parameters turned on and got almost the same amount of  MRR! What is even the point in using HSM parameters?" -they ask.

I would like to clear some things up for my friends.
In this article I will explain exactly WHY HSM machining is better and HOW to achieve better productivity and tool life.

For starters here are the main features of a HSM-capable cutter:

As usual there are several components of HSM that need to be present in order for it to work to its fullest. These are:

a) Machine
b) Tool
c) Workpiece geometry
d) Workpiece material

I intentionally did not number these as each one of those is equally important.

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HSMAdvisor v1.181

September 7, 2015, 5:09 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Major Machine Profiles Updates in This release:

  • Added HSMAdvisor Cloud Services that allow users to Download and Upload their Machine Profiles.
    You can now access your Machine Profiles from everywhere!
    Users can also download each-other's Machine Profiles, uploaded as public.
  • Machine Power Curve Estimation wizard to help users map their Spindle Power Curve
  • Right-Click mouse click on selected rows launches a pop-up menu, that allows to insert and delete rows from the Power Curve table


A new Help article on HSM

September 2, 2015, 11:23 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I often get email questions asking for clarification on merits of use of HSM And Chip Thinning check boxes when calculating speeds and feeds with HSMAdvisor and FSWizard calculators.

In this new help article will try to explain just what HSM means and in which situation you should use it:

http://hsmadvisor.com/index.php?page=help&shell_id=241&article_id=4574

Hopefully this will fill in the gaps and help our users to get more comfortable with our software.

Regards!


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