Articles tagged with: HSMWorks Customization

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

07
September
2012

Edit HSMWorks/HSMXpress Expressions

Most of the parameters in HSMWorks has default values based on expressions involving other parameters, such as the tool diameter (referenced by tool_diameter in an expression). You can enter a new expression directly in a parameter field or you can modify an existing expression by using the Edit Expression option.

To edit an expression, right-click in the parameter field and choose Edit Expression, or simply press F2 while the parameter field has focus.

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Edit Expression menu

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

20
July
2012

Selecting the Default Setup Sheet

In this tip we will explain how it is possible to select a different setup sheet to be used when pressing the Setup Sheet button.

To select a different setup sheet as the default, do the following:

1. Right-click in a blank area of the operation manager
2. Choose Options
3. Choose Select Default Setup Sheet

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4. Select the post configuration file (.cps extension) that should be used. The default is setup-sheet.cps

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

20
July
2012

Operation Manager Inline Information

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Inline information shown for a Job, and various operations.

HSMWorks can show additional information in the operation manager alongside the name.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

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

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

13
July
2012

Understanding Parameter Fields

The parameter edit fields in HSMWorks are a bit more intelligent than the average edit field. As you change a value - using the keyboard, mouse or scroll wheel - HSMWorks evaluates the value, and changes the appearance of the field to indicate errors or warnings.

In case of an error, the field background is changed to red, and a red cross placed beside the field. If a field is indicating an error, bringing up the tooltip will show additional information about what is causing the error. In the example below, the user specified a negative Optimal Load:

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Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

12
July
2012

Expanding HSMWorks Tab Flyouts

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HSMWorks 2011 improves the tab flyouts introduced in 2011 R1 by adding options for expanding often used groups of strategies.

The new options are located in the HSMWorks Preferences dialog under "User interface".

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Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

12
July
2012

Resetting the HSMWorks/CAM Tab

If you wish to reset the HSMWorks/CAM tab on the command manager to it's default layout you can do so by deleting the tab, and then restarting SolidWorks:

1. Right click on one of the command tabs and choose Customize CommandManager.

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Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

12
July
2012

Creating Fixed Planes

HSMWorks 2010 R2 introduces as new way to easily create fixed planes from the current view. This feature is often convenient if you have to apply 5-axis indexed toolpath to a model and the exact tool orientation is not important when machining.

The feature is called "Create Plane From Current View" and is found in Helpers menu located in the HSMWorks main menu.

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The helper menu.

 

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

12
July
2012

Setup Sheet as Spreadsheet

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The operations worksheet.

HSMWorks has so far included a single setup sheet generated in HTML for easy visual presentation. However, some users prefer might prefer different formats than HTML. We have therefore in HSMWorks 2010 R2 included a new setup sheet which outputs to a Microsoft Excel 2003 supported format.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

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