Network License Manager Instructions

How it Works HSMWorks uses a software licensing scheme virtually identical to SolidWorks. There are two types of licenses: Stand-Alone License(s) Network Licenses Stand-Alone License Stand-Alone licenses use an access code* issued by HSMWorks. Your PC must have Web access so the PC can check our servers. When this happens, your computer “checks out” a…

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Thin Wall Machining

HSMWorks include special support for machining thin walls with the contour finishing strategy. On a part with thin walls, running the contour finishing with default settings will create a toolpath which is ordered by area. In the case of a thin walled pocket, this can cause the wall to break when machining one side completely…

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2D Chamfering

There are two ways to use the HSMWorks chamfering feature, depending on whether the CAD model already has the chamfering as a feature or not. Left: CAD model with no chamfering / Right: CAD model with chamfering feature   In both cases, you can use the 2D contour strategy to chamfer the model. First, define…

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Up/Down Milling

HSMWorks allows you to specify when the tool should do up and down milling, or only one or the other. In the strategy specific parameter group on all 3D finishing strategies, except Horizontal and Contour (that is Parallel, Radial, Spiral, Projection, Scallop and Pencil), you can choose the up/down milling mode by selecting the preferred…

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Stock Comparison

The stock comparison for Tutorial4 after the Contour1 contour finishing operation. We clearly see that we still need to remove material on the bottom and along the fillets. HSMWorks supports Stock Comparison (also known as Target Part Comparison or STL Compare) directly on the solid verification screen. To show a stock comparison press the following…

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Use Even Stepdown (2D Contour)

The Use Even Stepdowns option controls how the stepdowns are distributed. The Use Even Stepdowns option. Enable this setting to force even stepdowns. By default, the maximum stepdown is used to ensure as much as possible of the flute is used. However, this means that the last steps are adjusted to fit the machining depths and hence…

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Using Axial Offset Passes

On some of the finishing strategies, HSMWorks supports Axial Offset Passes. Axial offset passes work much like multiple finishing stepdowns in the 2D operations and is useful for removing a fixed amount of stock in several passes. If you, for example, have 1mm of stock left you can remove this in 5 passes of 0.2mm…

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Spiral Finishing Modes

Spiral (default)  Spiral With Circles Concentric Circles The Spiral Finishing strategy offers several different modes of operation. The mode is selected from the Spiral mode drop down in the Spiral Finishing parameter group: Selecting spiral mode The first two modes; Spiral and Spiral With Circles produce similar results, with the exception that Spiral With Circles…

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Using Entry Positions on 2D Contour & 2D Pocket

HSMWorks allows you to control the position of the entry and exit on 2D contours by means of selecting a number of entry positions. The entry positions are selected on the  of the 2D Contour and 2D Pocket strategies.   Entry positions can be selected from any geometry that results in a point or a…

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