HSM Tips and Tricks


Term Pricing- You Can "Rent" HSMWorks!

We are very pleased to announce a new way to get HSMWorks for SolidWorks or Inventor: Desktop Subscription. Think of it like "renting" HSMWorks year-to-year. This is the exact same software you would get if purchasing outright (not a cloud-based solution).

"We are really excited to offer this option to our customers", says Charles Davis, CEO of NexGenCAM. "This is an attractive program, especially for start-ups and small businesses that need to conserve cash. Renting reduces the marginal risk of starting a new enterprise or moving up to 3D machining. It does not take a lot of work to justify the $2470 per year to get professional 3D CAM."


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Inventor HSM Release Press Event

Inventor HSM was launched in San Fransisco the first week of April at Pier 9. Here are a few pictures of all the hip happenings.  Be sure to check out Inventor HSM 2015 at  http://cam.autodesk.com/inventor-hsm/ !

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Autodesk CAM Inventor HSM Express Webinar Series

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Join us for a Getting Started webcast for Inventor HSM Express – the free CAM Solution for Inventor!

Autodesk Inventor HSM Express was designed to get more people making their own parts. Whether you’re trying to turn around prototypes in record time or you’re struggling with suppliers getting to provide you with quality parts on time, Inventor HSM Express gives you all the tools you need to turn your projects into a physical reality – all on your own.

Topics covered will include:

  • CAM user interface
  • Job Setup
  • Overview of the 2.5D CAM Strategies
  • Simulation
  • Setup Sheets
  • Post Processing
  • And Inventor HSM Edit (CNC program editor)
  • Bonus – Sneak Peak at Inventor HSM for 3D and 3+2 Machining!

Register Now!

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New Simple Ordering Option for Parallel

In the latest 2013 R4 development release we have added a new option to force simple ordering for parallel. By default the ordering will be done by shortest distance to reduce the machining time.

However, this can result in marks on the machined part for various reasons (for instance tool wear) where the passes get split in branches due to machining boundaries, check surfaces, etc. By enabling the new "Simple ordering" option the order will be continuous across the cutting direction.

Note that you will get extra linking motion when using this feature so the machining time will be correspondingly longer.

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Simple Ordering Option

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Minimum Cutting Radius

The developers have been releasing a number of new features in the R4 development versions this past week, including a new algorithm for the minimum cutting radius feature to avoid collapses in narrow areas.

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New minimum cutting radius algorithm

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5 Ways Autodesk is Proving Their Long-Term Commitment to HSMWorks for SolidWorks

1) HSMXpress for SolidWorks - Just Got Better

Autodesk has removed the firewall between HSMWorks and HSMXpress. The files are now 100% compatible which means you can move files between HSMWorks and HSMXpress seamlessly.  You can even open, review and verify HSMWorks files in HSMXpress!

Download the latest release of HSMXpress now: http://www.hsmworks.com/download/hsmxpress/

2) Distributed CAM - Free to all HSMWorks for SolidWorks users!

Distributed CAM lets you distribute toolpath calculations across a local area network. By borrowing unused CPU power in your company or office we dramatically reduce CNC programming time for complex jobs. This is a great way to get the most from your computer hardware and gain a competitive advantage in your business! Autodesk has made distributed CAM free to all HSMWorks users.

To start using distributed CAM simply install the DCS client on a PC in your local area network you want to offload calculation too.


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What's Happening With HSMWorks?

This is a status update on HSMWorks for SolidWorks and the family of CAM products resulting from the acquisition by Autodesk.

HSMWorks, The CAM Solutions for SolidWorks, is here to stay. Thankfully, enough time has passed that we no longer need to ask everyone to take our word for it. Carl Bass (CEO), Buzz Kross (SVP), Carl White (Director), and anyone else authorized to discuss the matter, have stated their commitment to the SolidWorks platform. Next week we will release another update with toolpath enhancements and support for sharing HSMWorks and HSMXpress files with each other. And stay tuned for a big announcement about HSMWorks with the next release (sorry, no hints).

HSMXpress is not only still here, it still offers all HSMWorks 2D (2-1/2 Axis) strategies, still has no banners or ads, and still does not cost one penny. HSMXpress is available at no cost to licensed users of SolidWorks 2010 or newer. If you are just now reading this and don't believe that Autodesk is giving away the world’s best 2D CAM system complete with simulation, graphical setup sheets, post processing, and the world’s best CNC editor, just go to HSMXpress | Integrated CAM for SolidWorks.

So, what does the future hold?

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Check in With Texas A&M Formula SAE Racing

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It is the time of year that SAE teams are getting ready to compete. This month, we checked in with Make McDermott, faculty advisor for the SAE team at Texas A&M.

Mark McDermott has been the FSAE faculty advisor at Texas A&M for 15 years. During this time he has seen CAD/CAM technology use in education evolve. We asked Mark for his perspective.

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Understanding Shafter & Holder Mode


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Shaft & Holder Mode:

Specifies how the toolpath should handle a collision between the shaft and/or holder and the work-piece.

shaft and holdermode Trimmed - Sections of the toolpath that result in safe distances between the shaft and/or holder being violated are trimmed away.

Pull Away - The toolpath pulls away for the work-piece to maintain a safe distance between the shaft and/or holder.

Detect Tool Length - The tool will automatically be extended further out of the holder to maintain the specified safe distance between the shaft and/or holder and the work-piece. A message that indicates how far the tool is extended out of the holder will be logged.

Fail on collision - The toolpath calculation is aborted and error message logged when the safe distance is violated.

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