HSM Tips and Tricks

27
July
2012

Pocket Clearing Core Roughing (Boundary "None")

You can now choose a machining boundary of "None" for Pocket Clearing.

Choosing "None" as the machining boundary puts the Pocket Clearing strategy in Core Roughing mode, where it starts from outside of the Job Stock instead of ramping down.

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Setting Machining Boundary to "None".

The following screen shots shows a comparison of the two modes, as well as an Adaptive Clearing toolpath with comparable settings.

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27
July
2012

Drill Heights "From Hole Top" and "From Hole Bottom"

When you create a new Drill operation, by the default height for Top and Bottom, are "From Hole Top" and "From Hole Bottom", respectively. With this default, the entire depth of the selected face(s) is machined - or if "Auto-merge hole segments" is enabled, it will machine the depth of the entire hole.

In some cases you may need to drill only a part of the depth of the hole, and (from HSMWorks 2011 R3) you can select e.g. "From Hole Top" for the Bottom height, in effect giving you the option to drill, say 1mm down from the top of every hole.

The following screen shot shows a few possible combinations of the drill height settings.

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Bottom "From Hole Bottom".

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27
July
2012

Automatic Drill Depth for Conical Faces

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HSMWorks provides a unique way to drill conical faces such as countersinks. When you select a conical face, the drill depth is automatically adjusted so that the tool tip touches the end of the conical face:

 

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27
July
2012

Using Assemblies for Production Work

The following screenshot shows a simple example of a fully configured machining assembly:

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Machining assembly with one version of a file

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27
July
2012

2D Contour- Finishing vs. Roughing Passes

In the 2D Contour strategy, you have a number of options for controlling the number and behavior of the passes.

In this tip, we will investigate the behavior of the options "Multiple finishing passes" and "Roughing passes".

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27
July
2012

Single Stepping in Simulation

In Simulation, it is possible to single-step through the toolpath by clicking the Next and Previous buttons while the simulation is paused, each click will jump to the next or previous point in the toolpath.

A faster shortcut is to hold down the Shift key while scrolling the mouse wheel. Scrolling up will move to the next point, and scrolling down will move to the previous point.

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Single Stepping in Simulation

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27
July
2012

Machining STL Files

SolidWorks supports importing STL files, but only for display purposes. HSMWorks supports machining directly off STL files by using the "Load model" function in a Job.

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Load model button

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27
July
2012

2D Rest Roughing

To rest rough a 2D Pocket, enable the "Rest Machining" check box on the geometry tab, and enter the tool diameter, tool corner radius and stock to leave settings that was used previously on the geometry.

So if, for example, you start roughing with a 20mm tool that does not fit in all areas of a given pocket, then make another 2D Pocket operation with a smaller tool, and specify 20mm for the "Rest Material Tool Diameter" parameter.

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27
July
2012

Face Stock Offset

The facing strategy allows you to specify an additional offset for the automatic or manual stock contours by means of the "Stock Offset" parameter.

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The Stock Offset Parameter for the Face strategy

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27
July
2012

Turning Tool Clearance Angle

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Tool sides keeps touching the stock material.

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Tool sides are clear of the stock material by
2 degrees - the tool clearance angle.

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