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FSWizard:Android update is coming soon!

October 5, 2013, 9:21 am by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

Normally i can't keep secrets and announce what i am working on.

But this time is different.

I can only tell you that i am working on a unique feature in our android version

Nobody has done anything like that. I can only tell you that i will be adding more tools for aiding manual programming on the control.

Check back soon. Like my facebook page to get the latest updates on our many projects.

The link is on the right :)


Huge machine milling miniscule detail on a car scale model

September 29, 2013, 9:05 am by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

Check this video out.

The whole thing is pretty impressive, but the best part starts closer to the middle of the video. At around 3:20 you can see the size of the machine. Truly amazing.


Working with HSMAdvisor myCutDB Tool Library

September 25, 2013, 9:09 pm by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

I have been asked to create a tutorial on how to work with the tool library, so here it is.

myCut Tool Database is quite a unique thing.

It not only contains all of your tools, but also each and every tool can have multiple operations or "Cuts" attached to it.

Everything is very simple.

Database contains Libraries

Libraries contain Tools

And Tools contain Cuts

Each entity behaves according to specific rules and "knows" specific kind of data.

Please read more to learn how it all works.

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HSMAdvisor v0.601 Release

September 23, 2013, 11:07 pm by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

I have just uploaded a new release of HSMAdvisor.

I have decided to extend trials every time major releases come out.

This will happen every several months or so.

This release is pretty big. So every one who has not purchased yet gets 30 days more to play with it.

We have material cross-reference tool.

It allows you to quickly figure out material group for a large number of materials. Around 1000 of them.
You can access it by pressing "MORE" button next to material drop-down list.

Here is it looks:

Second Big thing is new tool life estimator.

It allows to show you how tool life reacts to changes in speed, feed rate and depth of cut.

It is a percentage based on normal shoulder milling cut that should equal 100%

Nobody else has this feature- it is absolutely unique to HSMAdvisor and that is in part why i decided to extend trials this time.

Besides tool life gage there is a new tab in results area.

It is called Gages.

It shows important information like what percentage of deflection, torque and machine load we are running at the moment.

It helps to figure out at a glance if something is out of whack.

As always feedback is welcome.

New Single Seat License is now available!!

September 18, 2013, 11:51 pm by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

I was originally going to introduce new License types on september the 1st.

But it turned out to be a little harder than i thought and everything got delayed by almost one month.


The revised date of september the 30th is still standing though.

So until then 3 seat license will still be available for 75$ and a new single seat will be available for just 49$ !!!

If you have been procrastinating, this is your time to save.

Also check out my Online store that i coded myself.

Niagara Elite HP 3 flute Hi Performance Endmill Test

September 18, 2013, 11:22 am by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

Here is a video of a 3 flute Hi-performance endmill slotting aluminum 0.75" deep per pass.

Well, not entirely slottimg, more like pocketing, but the very first move is a full width slot.

Stepover is 0.4"

First i calculated the cut on HSMAdvisor.

Used 6061 aluminum as material and HP endmill at a tool type.

Tool torque and deflection limits were both set at 100% and performance slider was at maximum.

This is what it came up with:

S9127 RPM 125 IPM.

Full slot, 0.75" deep.

45 in^3/min mrr.

Looking at how easy it went i think i should allow for more load in my calculator.

If you have not yet tried HSMAdvisor, make sure you do.

You will be amazed at how much productivity you have been missing out on.

Calculating cutting parameters for custom or form tooling inside HSMAdvisor

September 10, 2013, 5:00 pm by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

If you are working in mold-making, prototyping or even in a job shop you have had to use unusual form tooling before in your life.

Form tooling is often used to machine undercuts and other features on regular 3 axis machines that would otherwise require a multi axis machining centre or are not machinable o at all.

The classical example of a form tool is a tear-drop ball mil, also known as a "lollipop". It has a tip with a certain diameter and a much smaller shank that produces enough clearance to machine undercuts on straight walls. It can also be used to regular surface finishing and 2d milling.

Another example is a T-slot cutter that is used to produce key-ways and t- slots

The main thing to consider when machining with reduced shank end mils is deflection and torque.

While deflection is especially dangerous for long tools, torque becomes much more important for tools with severely reduced shank.

Torque required to break a tool is directly proportional to the diameter of its shank.

And when shank diameter is much smaller than the tip diameter it does not matter how short that weak portion is: unless you compensate for it you will snap the tool.

The first thing that crosses the mind in many such cases is "I gotta run this tool very slow". It may take forever, but in many cases job gets somewhat done.

Contrary to that many experienced machinists have been proponents of different approach. Instead of reducing feed rate to the point of rubbing and below, it is much more productive to reduce cutter engagement if possible and leave feed rate settings largely unchanged.

Trying to keep proper chip load is even more important when machining work-hardenable materials like stainless steel and titanium. In those cases rubbing is not just unproductive, it leads to a very premature, in many cases instantaneous tool failure.

Just how much of a cut is possible to take in each particular case is the black magic that separates beginners from seasoned pros.

Not to worry though

Here is an example

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Tormach is about to introduce their first CNC grinder

September 10, 2013, 11:58 am by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

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, 4:07 pm by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

.....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, 8:24 pm by Eldar Gerfanov (Admin)

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.






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 with your:

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.

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