HSM Tips and Tricks

29
July
2012

Turning Stock Preview

When creating or editing a turning operation, the stock left over by the previous operation(s) is automatically shown with a orange highlight.

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Stock preview shows stock left over from previous operation.

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29
July
2012

Show Stock in Simulation

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Simulate mode with tool and stock shown.

In addition to the ordinary Stock Simulation mode, you can use the "Show Stock" function inside the normal Simulation mode. From within the Simulate mode, it is possible to show the tool, toolpath and stock individually or together, by enabling or disabling the respective "Show Tool", "Show Toolpath" and "Show Stock" options.

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29
July
2012

Feed Optimization

HSMWorks provides various methods for handling sharp corners in the toolpath, one of these is the ability to lower the feed rate in sharp corners, by means of the Feed Optimization options.

To enable feed optimization, enable the Feed Optimization option on the Passes tab.

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28
July
2012

Facing With 2D Pocket and 2D Adaptive

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2D Pocket operation

For most applications, the Face strategy is the most appropriate option for facing a part, as this provides a very efficient toolpath for clearing an area with a large cutter. In some cases, however, it may be beneficial to use an alternative strategy for facing, and for this reason it is very easy to set up both the 2D Pocket and 2D Adaptive strategies to face a part.

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28
July
2012

Compare & Edit Multiple Operations

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The Compare and Edit dialog.

To edit multiple operations, simply select two or more operations by holding Ctrl while clicking each of the operations. You can also select a range of operations by holding Shift, or by dragging a box around the operations.

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28
July
2012

RS-232 Communication

HSMWorks includes a high-performance editor able to send, receive, and DNC (drip feed) files to your CNC machine.
RS-232 communications requires a COM port on your PC. The COM port is a 9-pin male connector usually on the back of the PC. Some newer computers do not ship with a COM port. In this case you may be able to use a USB to COM adapter but we have found there are only a few models of these that work for CNC communication. Ask and we can give you the make and model of these devices.

 

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28
July
2012

Understanding HSMWorks Adaptive Clearing Toolpaths

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HSMWorks Adaptive Clearing toolpaths reduce part roughing time by an average of 40% while reducing tool wear by half and virtually eliminating tool breaking. This article explains how Adaptive Clearing achieves these extraordinary results. After reading this you will understand how this unique technology works and how it can significantly improve CNC productivity and your bottom line.

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28
July
2012

HSMXpress vs. HSMWorks 2D Milling

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HSMXpress Screenshot

HSMXpress essentially is HSMWorks 2D now. The MachineWorks-based solid verification is disabled simply because it js licensed from another company so we cannot give it away. However, HSMWorks has it's own 64-bit Solids based verification (Right click, Show Stock in Simulate) which is very good and continues to be developed. HSMXpress does not include Multi-axis machining or verification.

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28
July
2012

Sharp Corners for 2D Contour (Outer Corner Mode)

When machining outer corners, it may be necessary to avoid rolling around the corner in order to leave the corner perfectly sharp.

The 2D Contour can machine outer corners in three different ways, controlled by the Outer Corner Mode parameter, which has the following settings:

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Roll around corner
Keeps contact with the corner throughout the motion.

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Keep sharp corner
Continues the toolpath to a single point corner, loosing contact with the material temporarily.

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Keep sharp corner with loop
Like Keep sharp corner, but also performs a horizontal lead-out and lead in at the corner.

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28
July
2012

Scallop "Boundary Overlap"

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Left: Boundary overlap = 1mm - Right: No boundary overlap.

When using slope confinement and/or rest maching on Scallop finishing, you can use the "Machine areas using boundaries" to start offsetting the toolpath from the boundaries created by the slope and/or rest material detection.

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