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New Educational HSMAdvisor Licenses

October 18, 2017, 6:01 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Ever since we stopped offering free educational licenses, there has been steady demand for either free or discounted license options for colleges and schools.

We could not give out free licenses any longer because they still cost money in hosting and support. 

So today after a lot of consideration we decided  to start offering special Educational HSMAdvisor License Package 

We do feel it is important to support education so this license packs huge savings. For example a small class can get 10 Lifetime Floating seats for just $467. Or 30 seats for just under a thousand bucks.

The advertised number of seats can also include special "Use at Home" seats for students and staff. Those seats will require a different license credentials and thus will not affect the seats installed in the classroom.

There is only Lifetime Floating license option available because we did not want college staff going through hoops every year trying to get renewal approved.

As you can see we really went out of our way to offer educators something that will be insanely helpful for their students with figuring out machining speeds and feeds and hopefully launching them into the career!

Again check out here for more details https://hsmadvisor.com/?page=News&shell_id=222&article_id=4973_hsmadvisor-educational-license

Cheers!


HSMAdvisor v1.515

October 1, 2017, 6:57 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I have done quite some work on HSMAdvisor in the last couple of weeks.

Let's just cover real quick the new things in this update.

New Shoulder Diameter field

You can now use Shoulder Diameter field to account for T-Slot and Woodruff cutters reduced neck.
Also the deflection calculation and torque limits this functionality relies on this have been updated and improved.

Yep, HSMAdvisor now takes into account reduced neck of the cutter and warns you if it is close to snapping off!

Reordering Tool Libraries 

To re-order your tool libraries, just go to Tool Database page and right-click on any tool library tab.
Then select "Reorder Tool Libraries" and use arrow keys to move your libraries up and down the list.

New Speed and Feed Overrides sliders

All sliders in the Speeds and Feeds Adjustments are have been improved to match the rest rest of the adjustments sliders in the app.

Best regards!


More Materials in the latest FSWizard Online update!

September 17, 2017, 3:03 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Howdy everybody!

I hope you guys enjoyed your weekend.

Mine was a productive one.

FSWizard Online has had a big update and now Materials list contains all material groups:

There is a catch, however: In the free version, ONLY material groups are available.

To get all the avialable materials you need to go to Settings, click on the "Customer Login" button and enter your FSWizard PRO credentials.

Also in this update I fixed the Thread Milling tool type glitch and added inverted trig functions to the Scientific Calc:

Will keep you posted.

Cheers!


New Functionality in Online FSWizard

September 5, 2017, 9:41 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

As you might have noticed, our FSWizard.com Online Speed and Feed Calculator has a limit of just 3 workpiece materials.

But if you are our customer you can get access to all the latest materials using your FSWizard login details.
Just go to Menu->Settings->Customer Login and enter your First name, Last name and email.

Once authorized, you will be able to use all available materials!

By the way we have made a decision that FSWizard Online will have all other features and calculators available for free. So even if you are not paying, you can still find this calculator quite useful!

Speaking of which. I just added Triangle Calculator, and Flat Head and Socket Head Cap Screw reference widgets.

Enjoy!


HSMAdvisor has more materials and better tool deflection model!

August 7, 2017, 5:36 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Better Material Cross Reference

Yes you can now use HSMAdvisor with non-US/UNS material standards!

Our users have asked for better integration between HSMAdvisor's built-in Materials library and the thing called Cross Reference table and finally here it is!

Now when you click on the "More" button next to the "Material" drop-down list...

... the updated Material Cross Reference dialog appears.

It has new Search feature to easily find the material you are looking for.

The table also has a new column called "Name" that contains the name of the closest material found in the HSMAdvisor's database.
Please note that the name of the matching material does not necessarily need to be matching the proper standard name.

Standards that have been matched to the materials are in bold font style.

When you select the proper standard, you click on the OK button and the matching material will be selected in the HSMAdvisor's Speeds and Feeds tab.

In addition to the changes above quite a few new materials were added to the fold as well.

Better Tool Deflection

I felt that the previous tool deflection model was not perfect as it did not include taper of the End Mill's shoulder.
To solve the issue we added "Tapered Shoulder" checkbox next to the "Shoulder Len." field.

If you suggested new features in the past, you know how much I hate to add new controls...
But i just had to in this case. There was just no other way!

Now when this box is checked, the shoulder will have a shape of expanding taper connecting with the shank diameter.
The slope of the taper is controlled entirely by the length of the Shoulder and diameter of the shank.

Check out the tool display for the straight versus tapered shoulder:

With all engagement and feed values identical the sample on the left shows 0.0036" deflection and the sample on the right shows just 0.001" of deflection.

Which is the way it should be!

Does your "other" calculator do the same?...don't think so!

Things to Do Next....

In the near-term scope of the development I am planning to:

  • Release an update for MasterCAM 2018 hook that has been in the works for a few weeks.
  • Combine the data from the Materials Cross Reference dialog with the HSMAdvisor's own Materials database And add Favorite Materials functionality.
    This might require a complete rework of the Material selection UI. Perhaps the whole thing will be moved into a separate window to prevent cluttering the Speeds and Feeds page.

Will keep you updated.

Regards!


FSWizard:Online Beta!

June 22, 2017, 4:39 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

The new FSWizard mobile Beta was just released for everybody to try.

This is a test version intended to check compatibility on different computers, mobile devices and browsers.
Some of the features do not yet work. Others work better than in the old version. Basically excercise caution when using it.

The number of materials is still limited to a couple of test peices and will be expanded later.

FSWizard.com is now (perhaps) going to become the new official home of FSWizard Online and Mobile calculator!

You can check it out right now and post your concerns and wishes in the comments below.

If reporting an issue. Please specify which OS and Web Browser you are using! 


FSWizard Build Blog n3

May 9, 2017, 10:48 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Today was quite productive.

All the remaining milling tool types have been finished.

The last one to complete was Chamfering tool type:

Looking at the HSMAdvisor's tool graphic on the right i realize how useful it is to understand where your tool engagement is.
Especially so for tapered, Ballnose and Chamfering tools.

FSWizard does not yet have that functionality, but i will definitely try to add it in one of the updates after the initial release.


FSWizard Build Blog n2

May 8, 2017, 11:42 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

As you might know after i pulled online FSWizard, I set on a huge task rewriting its code to reflect better on all the great improvements HSMAdvisor has had in the last 4 years

So far I have completed rewriting FSWizard code for all Endmill tool types.

Special attention is being paid to have it produce exactly the same results as its big brother:
 

Do not mind the mobile phone frame around the new FSWizard. It will be available online in your desktop browser as well!

I am going to continue posing here about my progress.
So far it seems I will be publishing a first online alpha version in a few weeks.

Best Regards.


Running HSMAdvisor on Linux

April 17, 2017, 9:56 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Previously when someone asked me whether HSMAdvisor works on linux or Mac I would steer them towards using VirtualBox or Parallels or some other virtual machine to run HSMAdvisor in the virtual Windows box.

As it turns out it is not always necessary.

Our customer has just managed to successfully run HSMA on Linux using package called Wine.

All he had to do was to use wine in 32 bit mode.

I, personally, did not think it was possible to run an app as complex as HSMAdvisor on linux without any modifications on my side. But i was wrong!

Here is a helpful link if you are running 64 bit version of linux and your Wine refuses to launch HSMAdvisor in 32 bit mode:

https://askubuntu.com/questions/136714/how-to-force-wine-into-acting-like-32-bit-windows-on-64-bit-ubuntu

Reportedly Reference and Geometry tabs do not work. But this is not surprising, since they use Internet Explorer to show the information.

Also pressing ENTER key causes the app to crash.

I am going to install a test Linux system on my workstation in the near future and figure out how to fix those issues and make Non-Windows support more readily available.

On another news.

Having made a new FSWizard App design and right before publishing. I decided to rewrite the whole core almost from scratch.

This was needed to make room for new modules like User Tool Libraries and Machine Profiles.

The work is going ahead at full speed and in due time i will roll our the brand new spanking FSWizard!


HSMAdvisor v1.506 For MasterCAM

March 5, 2017, 10:38 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I have just uploaded the latest update to HSMAdvisor hook for MasterCam x9 and 2017.
This is a catch-up update to the latest HSMAdvisor improvements.

Additionally i promised few guys a tutorial on how to easily install the hook into MasterCam 2017

So here it is:

Please excuse my lack of artistic prowess.
Hey, You can be ANYTHING but you can not be EVERYTHING

And i am more of a technical guy who, perhaps, lacks the hypnotizing narrating skills of a salesman :)


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