HSM Tips and Tricks

29
July
2012

Turning Tool Preview

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Turning tool preview. Spindle rotation is forward.

When selecting a tool for a turning operation, the tool is previewed both in the tool library and on the model while editing the operation.

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July
2012

Continue Machining From Previous Job

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Job1 roughing.

When using multiple jobs from different orientations, you can perform rest machining between the jobs.

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July
2012

Turning/ 4-Axis Radii From Selection

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Selecting a Face for bottom radius on a Turning Profile operation

For turning and 4-axis milling operations you can set the radius limits by picking faces, edges or points just as you can select faces and points for 3D milling heights.

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July
2012

Turning Confinement

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The Front- and Backside Offset parameters can be used to extend the tool path outside of the
containment regions or restrict the toolpath further within the region.

HSMWorks Turning operations attempt to remove all the remaining stock possible with the selected operation type. Using geometry confinement the toolpath can be containing within a specific region of the part.


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29
July
2012

Setup Sheet Pictures

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Setup Sheet with a custom picture

By default HSMWorks include a single picture of the model at the beginning of the setup sheet. It is, however, also possible to include a custom picture per operation in the generated setup sheet.

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29
July
2012

Toolpath Trimming

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Toolpath before and after trimming.

HSMWorks provides many different ways to confine the areas being machined (e.g. check surfaces, rest machining, slope, boundaries, and more).

HSMWorks also provides an alternative approach called "Toolpath Trimming" which allows you to remove unwanted cutting passes from the generated toolpath by directly selecting them.

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29
July
2012

Renumber Tools

The tools in a library can be sequentially by right-clicking in a library, on a selection of tools, or in the tree, and choosing "Renumber Tools".

The tools will be numbered sequentially beginning at 1, and in the order they are currently listed in the view.

You can use this function if, for example, you want to populate the tool magazine with just the tools needed for a particular job.

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29
July
2012

Show Operations in Tool Library

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Tool Library with Show Operations enabled, showing both tools and operations in the tool list.

When listing tools for an open document in the Tool Library, the list also includes all the operations by default.

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29
July
2012

Ramping With Compensation

When using both compensation in control (G41/G42) and ramping for 2D contour, the ramp toolpath will also use compensation in control.

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Toolpath preview before and after compensation is applied.


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29
July
2012

HSMWorks Network Installation Options

When deploying HSMWorks on a network in schools or larger companies, the IT department will often use automated deployment tools to install HSMWorks on all the PC's. This tip highlights a few options that are useful in this scenario.

Silent Installation

The installer can be made silent by passing /SILENT on the command line. It will still show progress and a few dialog boxes, but this is by design and avoids the user thinking that the system has hung. There are a few other options that may be useful to you, and I have listed these below. To make the installation run completely in the background, use "/SILENT /VERYSILENT /SUPPRESSMSGBOXES /NOCANCEL"

Force Use of Floating License

In silent mode the activation dialog will not be shown. Should you wish to, you can just run it separately after the installation. Just run "activationform.exe --onlyifnotactivated" from the HSMWorks installation directory. However, if you are installing a license server, you may prefer to set the license options directly in the registry.

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