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FSWizard Cut Cloud Integration.

June 30, 2021, 10:04 am by Eldar Gerfanov

New feature coming to FSWizard - the ability to save your tools (and later cutting parameters) online for re-use later.

It is now a feature in development, but the online app already has it enabled: https://app.fswizard.com.

Take it for a spin!

This was initially planned only for the HSMAdvisor app. But since it is easier to develop for FSWizard, I decided to implement it there first. Iron out all the kinks and the flow and then roll it out for HSMAdvisor as well.

Yes, that's right. You will be able to share tools between FSWizard and HSMAdvisor!

Cheers!


FSWizard Print Report!

June 27, 2021, 10:12 pm by Eldar Gerfanov
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FSWizard can now print calculation reports right from your browser or device!

Check the app out at https://fswizard.com

Just go to the Results area and tap/click on the Print Report button.
FSWizard will show the print preview dialog.

Tap/click on the Printer icon in the header, and your OS-specific print dialog will show up.

In other news, I am progressing well on adding Tool Libraries functionality to FSWizard.

This is going to be a long-awaited and huge update!

Cheers!


HSMAdvisor Machinist Calc plugin for Mastercam 2022!

June 17, 2021, 1:53 am by Eldar Gerfanov
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Inhouse Solutions has released their latest version of MasterCAM 2022 just this past Monday ...

I am sure it has lots of improvements, which I didn't yet have time to explore because I was busy porting the HSMAdvisor plugin to the latest version.

Without further adieu. Please download the HSMAdvisor hook for the latest Mastercam over here:
https://hsmadvisor.com/?page=HSMAdvisor_for_MasterCAM

As usual, please report any issues or suggestions to our support forums and/or my email!

Cheers!


HSMAdvisor: Monthly Subscription!

January 26, 2021, 12:25 pm by Eldar Gerfanov
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, I wondered how I could make HSMAdvisor more accessible and affordable for the customers?

Then it hit me: "What if I create a subscription plan for a price of 2 cups of coffee per month?"

So let me introduce a new HSMAdvisor payment option: $5/mo Unlimited Monthly Subscription.

With it, you get all the HSMAdvisor Power without the usual upfront commitment - you can simply drop the subscription at any time.

https://hsmadvisor.com/?page=Buy

Obviously, all the other options are still available under the "HSMAdvisor Licenses" category.


New PLM2000 Benchtop CNC machining video!

January 14, 2021, 1:18 am by Eldar Gerfanov

Did some testing for HSMAdvisor in A36

Tool: 3/16" 4 FL 0.25" LOC 0.7 Stickout

RPM: 5000 Feed: 32.0ipm

Original engagement DOC:  0.25, WOC: 0.083

Was successful and sounded nice, but the TTS holder started to pull out. Had to half both DOC and WOC for the video:


Holiday Sale!

December 15, 2020, 4:13 pm by Eldar Gerfanov
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

Hopefully, you have weathered this pretty horrible year in good health and spirits.

Anyway here is 30% off for all products in the HSMAdvisor store ONLY!


First real project almost done!

December 10, 2020, 8:36 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

Machined this 2-piece utility knife on my ProLIGHT2000 benchtop CNC.

Just one little lock left!

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HSMAdvisor v2.1.12 for MasterCAM

October 20, 2020, 9:55 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

I have just released a big update for our HSMAdvisor for MasterCAM.

Plugin v2.1.12 now supports Mastercam 2021, 2020 and 2019

Features for all versions are now aligned to the latest HSMAdvisor code!

Check it out here: https://hsmadvisor.com/?page=HSMAdvisor_for_MasterCAM

Cheers!


HSMAdvisor and 3rd-party Tool Libraries

October 3, 2020, 10:55 pm by Eldar Gerfanov

It only recently occurred to me that since the introduction of the Fusion 360 Tool Library import feature, HSMAdvisor users can import all kinds of libraries designed for F360!

Thanks to the popularity of F360, many tool manufacturers offer their stock in Fusion format.

You can see and download them all from here:
https://cam.autodesk.com/hsmtools

You can download and import the .hsmlib file you need into HSMAdvisor using the Tool Database ->Actions->Import->Fusion 360 menu.

For example, Harvey offers F360 Tool Libraries for all of their tools over here:
https://cam.autodesk.com/hsmtools?p=%20Harvey%20Tool&utm_source=Pardot&utm_medium=Redirect&utm_content=Harvey_Fusion&utm_campaign=CAM_Tool_Libraries

I tried it with their endmill database.

It is huge, contains about 16 thousand tools, and rendering all of them on the same page takes about 10 seconds on my computer.
It is not too bad, though, since you can use filters to limit the number of displayed tools and find the one you need faster.

Perhaps I should include the ability to download them directly into HSMAdvisor without having to go to the web site?

Let me know what you think about it!


Finally got my proLIGHT CNC Mill running with UCCNC control software.

Chose that over mach3/4 because uccnc software seemed better made. Unfortunately, it too has bugs.

Most importantly, executing gcode.
Instead of running all codes in a block simultaneously, it does them in the incorrect order.

For example, code like

Code
G55
G0 G90 G54 X0 Y0

Instead of going to X0 Y0 defined in offset #54, it will go to coordinates of offset #55!
Only after executing that line, the offset will change to G55.
Similar issue with
Code
G28 G91 Z0

Don't need to tell you this may lead to crashes.
So I changed the MasterCAM's post processor to output some of the codes in different lines.

Hopefully, devs will fix this issue soon.

In other news, I have just finished the first 2-tool piece.

It was a miniature skull figure made out of aluminum:

I got 150 bucks for machining that for a guy I met in a Facebook group. Nice!

The smallest endmill was 1mm ball nose, and it held up perfectly at max RPM of 5000 and feed rate of about 25ipm.

The DOC and stepover were about 0.004"

Now I wish it had a 20k spindle. If I could run at 100ipm, it would make a quick work of that little piece.
This way, it took 1 hour, which is not too bad either.

Cheers! 


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