Articles tagged with: HSMWorks Basics

23
October
2014

Transferring HSMWorks License Between Computers

It is easy to move an HSMWorks license from one computer to another. Before beginning, locate the activation code you received when you first purchased HSMWorks. If you cannot find it, contact us and we will resend the code to you.

Before installing HSMWorks on the new computer, select CAM, Licensing, Deactivate License...

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Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

02
October
2014

HSMWorks Cutter Compensation

Cutter Diameter Compensation (CDC) is a key to holding extremely tight tolerances. CNC provides a way for toolpaths to be adjusted to compensate for tool wear and deflection. We get a lot of questions from those new to CNC about how to use compensation. Part of whay makes it so confusing is there are so many options: In Computer, In Control, Wear, Inverse Wear and Off.

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Figure 1: HSMWorks Diameter Compensation Options

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26
June
2014

Introduction to Post Processing

This video will be of interest to those who are new to HSMWorks and want to know the basics of post processors. Topics Covered:
  • What is a Post Processor?
  • How to post process using HSMWorks
  • Default Post (CPS) file location
  • Default G-code (NC) file location
  • Changing Post and G-code locations
  • Program Name field
  • Program Comment field
  • Units field
  • Reorder to minimize tool changes switch
  • Open NC in editor switch
  • Properties/Values settings
  • How to make a simple Post Processor edit

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

25
June
2013

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.

http://www.hsmworks.com/download/other/

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06
May
2013

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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06
May
2013

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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02
May
2013

Adaptive Clearing in HSMXpress - The Free CAM Solution for SolidWorks

Key Facts About Adaptive Clearing

  1. Remove material up to 3 times faster
  2. Reduce tool wear by using the full flute length of the cutter
  3. Eliminate tool breaking.
  4. HSMWorks pioneeried modern high-speed machining.
  5. While others have tried to copy us we continue to innovate and remain the leader in high speed machining.

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06
December
2012

The Future of HSMWorks for SolidWorks

Friends,

The acquisition of HSMWorks by Autodesk, Inc. obviously created some uncertainty about the future of an HSMWorks for SolidWorks product. We have been relieved since to get many direct and unambiguous commitments, from the highest levels at Autodesk, on continuing to offer and update HSMWorks for SolidWorks. I am glad to report that everyone else I have been in contact with at Autodesk has echoed and amplified this commitment.

Last week I attended Autodesk University (think: Autodesk's version of SolidWorks World). The event started off with a keynote by Jeff Kowalski, Chief Technology Officer at Autodesk stating, "At Autodesk we are tool makers. We make tools for you guys -the ones who are imagining, designing and creating a better world." This statement was profound because it reflects a big shift underway at Autodesk and how the HSMWorks acquisition is a major part of this change.

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13
July
2012

Keyboard Shortcuts

Many of the actions that are used often have keyboard shortcuts associated with them. The most common ones are the actions on the right-click menu in the operation manager. These include:

Shortcut
Description
Ctrl+C Copy selected operation(s)
Ctrl+P Paste copied operation(s)
Ctrl+D Duplicate selected operation(s)
Ctrl+G Regenerate selected operations
Ctrl+A Select All (items of same type)
Delete Delete operations/folders/job
F2 Rename operation
Alt+Arrow Up Move selected operation(s) up
Alt+Arrow Down Move selected operation(s) down
Enter Edit selected item

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13
July
2012

Using Jobs and Folders

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A 3+2 part with a job for each side to be machined.

HSMWorks supports multiple jobs in a document and grouping of operations in folders. This tip explains how to use these new features.

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