Articles tagged with: Multi-tasking

13
July
2012

Avoiding Unnecessary Regeneration

Even though the calculation speed in HSMWorks is very fast, reducing the number of times you have to regenerate your toolpath can save you a lot of time. The toolpath has to be regenerated whenever you make significant changes to the model or to the operation. Additionally, operations which are rest-machining from other operations need to be regenerated whenever one or more of the source operations are changed.

HSMWorks automatically determines which (if any) operations a change affects and invalidates the operations accordingly to avoid unnecessary regeneration.

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

13
July
2012

Using the HSMWorks Task Manager

HSMWorks allows you to continue working inside SolidWorks while generating toolpaths in the background. In this tip we will explain how to best use this feature.

The main interface for controlling toolpath generation is the HSMWorks Task Manager:

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The Task Manager with two jobs running on a dual-core
system, while two additional jobs are pending.

 

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks

12
July
2012

Previewing and Simulating Toolpaths While Calculating

In HSMWorks you can preview and simulate toolpaths even while they are being calculated. So if you have a toolpath that is taking some time to calculate, you have the option to continue working by pressing Hide on the Task Manager (if it is visible).

If you select a calculating operation, the preview will show the toolpath generated up to this point. This can be very useful for spotting incorrect parameters - like an incorrect machining boundary - without waiting for the calculation to finish.

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Preview for a calculating Scallop toolpath

Categories: HSM Tips and Tricks