HSM Tips and Tricks

28
July
2012

Disabling Feed Height for 2D Contour/Pocket

For 2D contour and pocket toolpaths you have the option to disable the feed height, which causes the tool to rapid down to the lead-in. Simply pick the Disabled option from the Feed height drop down.

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Feed height Disabled setting

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28
July
2012

2D Adaptive "Use Slot Clearing"

Enable this setting to start pocket clearing with a slot along its middle before continuing with spiral motion towards the pocket wall.
This feature can be used to reduce linking motion at corners for some pockets.

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Use Slot Clearing Disabled

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Use Slot Clearing Enabled

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28
July
2012

Using Dongles

Before a dongle can be used, the dongle must be attached to a license. This can only be done by HSMWorks!
To attach a dongle please send the dongle number (as printed on the dongle label) and the license number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Once the dongle has been attached, you will see the dongle number listed on the Licenses page in the ordering system.
If a permanent license has already been activated, the customer will have to de-activate the system before we attach the dongle, so please check that no permanent licenses are activated before e-mailing the dongle information to us.

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27
July
2012

Extending the 2D Contour Geometry

When selecting geometry for the 2D Contour strategy you may want to start the toolpath further away from the model than what you can directly select on the geometry.
The following screenshot shows an example without any extensions.

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2D Contour toolpath without any extensions.

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27
July
2012

Duplication Pattern From Sketch With Points

In some cases it can be useful to pattern a set of toolpaths without relying on features in the design model. In such cases, using a sketch containing a point for each instance can be a quick way to create the pattern.

1. Create a toolpath for a single instance.

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27
July
2012

Toolpath Fillets

HSMWorks provides a toolpath filleting function, which is useful for avoiding sharp corners in 3D finishing toolpaths. With fillets applied, sharp turns in the toolpath can be reduced so that the CNC control can maintain a higher feed rate and/or prevent overshooting.

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The Fillets group and Fillet Radius parameter is located on the
Passes tab between Stock to Leave and Smoothing.

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27
July
2012

Using "Select Chain" on Sketches

If you have a sketch containing multiple contours, it is possible to choose a subset of these by using SolidWorks' Select Chain function.

Simply right-click on a sketch segment in the sketch, and choose Select Chain. Keeping Ctrl pressed will add the chain to the existing selection.

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27
July
2012

Up/Down Machining for Turning Profile Grooving

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Direction "Up Only"

On the Turning Profile Grooving strategy you have a Up/Down parameter which works much as in Parallel milling.

In Turning Profile Grooving, the up/down parameter controls the direction of the finishing passes, and can be either "Up and Down", "Up Only" or "Down Only"

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27
July
2012

Using Custom Shaped Form Mill Tools

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Custom shaped milling tools in HSMWorks are collectively know as Form Mill tools, and can be created from a sketch or revolved solid saved in a separate SolidWorks part file.

To create a form mill tool, follow these steps:

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27
July
2012

Protect Operations

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The toolpath for a protected operation after a change to the model.

HSMWorks allows you protect individual operations from getting invalidated when changing the model. This is useful if, for example, you have operations that have already been run on the machine, and want to do rest machining from these operations, while accommodating changes to the model.

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