- Notepad++: Absolutely Free G-Code Editor With Code Highlighting
- General Speeds and Feeds Formulas
- FSWizard is now available on iOS and Android
- Programming Efficient Peck Drilling Cycle
- Calculating cutting parameters for custom or form tooling inside HSMAdvisor
- Stylish and functional Operations and Tooling List confings for SurfCam
- Hanita Varimill II Speeds and feeds
- FSWizard: Online CNC Machinists Calculator
- Calculating Tool Engagement Angle, Radial Depth of Cut
- Okuma Lathe G and M codes
- Importing Fusion 360 Tool Libraries into HSMAdvisor by Eldar Gerfanov on February 18
- Announcing HSMAdvisor 2! by Eldar Gerfanov on July 24
- Programming Efficient Peck Drilling Cycle by Nguyen Van Du on March 30
- Calculating Tool Engagement Angle, Radial Depth of Cut by Hank on January 31
- HSMAdvisor hook for MasterCAM 2018 by Eldar Gerfanov on March 8
Things not directly related to machining
Since my garage/shop has a limited workspace, I have long wanted to upgrade the big and clumsy computer I used to drive my little Prolight desktop CNC to something more elegant and convenient.
After quite a bit of googling, and testing the UCCNC control software that i already have I decided to re-use my old Z83 mini-PC with Intel Atom processor.
Then I ordered a SunFounter 10.1" touchscreen monitor with a nice resolution of 1200x800 from amazon.
Since the display does not come with an enclosure I decided to design one myself.
A good opportunity to dust off my 3d modeling skills:
Not affiliated in any way.
I just bought a 3-year license for myself.
On the other note.
HSMAdvisor is also 30% off!
In my days machining blow molds there were lots of parts where I had to make a completely through hole. Sometimes those were up to 4 inches deep and I had to go from both sides!
The trick to machining cores like that is to leave about 0.05" on skin all around AND pick milling direction and start point such that when the last bit is milled through, the core gently pushed away from the cutter instead of jumping out.
Due to the current situation with lack of N95 masks in the stores I resorted to 3D print a pair for me and my wife.
I also made the designs freely available on thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4264883
Here is the description of the project:
High airflow Respirator mask in 3 sizes: Large, Medium and Small.
Large works for a large male face. 125mm height*
Medium for a smaller male face. 115 mm
Small works for a female or a 10 y/o kid face. 105mm height.
*I measure face height from chin to the centre of the nose bridge.)
Designed to take 1 or 2 55mm cotton pads into each of 3 filter housings.
Install filter medium into the bottom of the cap and screw on to the mask body.
Make sure to print 3 caps for each mask as well. Caps are the same for all mask sizes.
Used white window insulation sticky cord on the inside to add cushion and improve insulation.
Had to also use a file and fine sanding paper to make sure the mating surfaces on the mask body are smooth and do not have any air gaps.
Disclaimer: I designed and printed this for me and my family. It has not been tested, and although I designed with safety in mind, I do not claim it can prevent any infections or viruses. Use at your own risk. PLEASE be careful when testing: different cotton pad brands have different density and 2 pads per filter may cause difficulty breathing! Please make sure to remove the filters and sanitize the mask and caps after each use.
The models are designed in Fusion 360.
Parts printed on Creality Ender 3S Printer with the following settings:
- Layer Thicknss: 0.2mm
- Infill: 20%
- Filament Material: PLA
- First Layer Speed: 35mm/s
- Wall Speed: 75mm/s
- Support: everywhere
- Support Speed 75mm/s
- Support Density: 1 line at 5%
1 mask plus 3 caps takes about 14 hours to print at: 75mm/s.
Please wash your hands and stay safe.
We will get through this!
I personally would like to wish every one of my supporters Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
I like to consider every sold seat a start of new partnership with the goal of making Your work easier and more productive every day.
New year will bring lots of very cool developments and I am glad, that since all of the licenses we sell never expire, every single on of my customers will be able to enjoy the latest improvements.
Cheers and Have Great Holidays!
3D Prining is about to to take over traditional machining the same way CNC Machining took over manual machining.
Eventually 3D printing will replace casting too.
Since 3D Printing does not require complicated setup and programming, this in turn will lead to massive loss of machining-related jobs.
Read more to see if this is true!Read More
I try to not comment on things outside of my immediate area of knowledge or specialization.
But this one caught my eye and I thought it would be interesting to share with you guys.
So the news in a nutshell is Amazon applying discounts to products that third-party vendors are selling on its platform.
For example. Company "A" is selling its smartphone for $1000.
That is the price of the product on their online store and brick-and-mortar stores and other platforms like for example Amazon.
Well not the bad mayday. It is the good one.
Today is the International Worker's day.
My best wishers go to all machinists and cnc programmers out there.
Keep it safe.
Btw. HSMAdvisor v1.509 has been released just yesterday. It is a big release which has lots of improvements. So we updated the Mastercam x9 and 2017 hooks as well.
Btw2. User's feedback has been plenty and steady recently. Please keep it up! We really like making HSMAdvisor even better by adding stuff that you actually need!
Out of all kinds of feedback forms on HSMAdvisor (we have Forums, User Feedback and Unistall Feedback) web site the only one I dread opening is the "Uninstall Feedback".
When someone uninstalls HSMAdvisor, on the last step the program asks to provide the final feedback to maybe help us make HSMAdvisor better.
I do not like reading this form very much because it means that would-be users left in some way dissatisfied with the program.
And that really breaks my heart!
Among the most common answers is stuff like "does not support metric" even though IT VERY MUCH SUPPORTS METRIC.
We have, without a doubt, one of the most flexible units system of all machining-related software products.
I guess I have to improve in helping people learn how to use many unit switches within the program.
But the one that stood out is this one:
Thank you Jeremy! Really made my day!
Just a heads-up.
Another update is coming this weekend.
I am adding some materials and this threads specification drawing:
Requested by one of the users, I am sure it will be a big help.