HSM Tips and Tricks

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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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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27
August
2014

5 Tips for 5-Axis Machining

The Following tips and examples should be helpful to those considering or just getting started with Multi-Axis Milling toolpaths.

Tip #1: Use “clean” geometry.

Garbage in = Garbage out. Multi-axis calculations are complex, so it is essential to drive multi-axis toolpaths with as simple and robust geometry as possible. For example, the part below has two slots. They are identical except for the circular cutouts in slot 1. In this case it is better to choose the slot 2 (without the cutouts) because it the floor surface is simpler. The toolpaths can be Pattern copied to machine the other slot.

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Figure 1: Pick simplest features

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24
July
2014

Where to build? FirstBuild!

FirstBuild is an online and physical community dedicated to designing, engineering, building and selling the next generation of home appliances. Think of it like TechShop with engineers on staff. This is very exciting for my home town of Louisville. It is a successful cooperation of G.E., University of Louisville and Local Motors. We here at NexGenCAM are glad HSMWorks can be a part of it.








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27
June
2014

5 Axis Machining Demonstration

Autodesk was recently invited to Selway Machine Tool Company to participate in their West Coast Manufacturing Expo. This part was programmed in HSMWorks to showcase the versatility of the new Haas UMC-750, 5-axis universal center. Try HSMWorks today!

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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

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20
June
2014

Drag/Drop Operations

Did you know you can drag and drop operations onto geometry? It's easy!

Step 1: Identify operation to Copy.

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03
June
2014

Inventor HSM Express

Did you miss the Inventor HSM Express Webinar? No worries, we've got you covered. Here's a webinar from Autodesk's Curtis Chan showing the basics of Inventor HSM Express.

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09
May
2014

Updated Selection Tools

The Autodesk CAM Team recently introduced updated selection tools with the release of Inventor HSM 2015 (and Inventor HSM Express 2015.)

The goal is to give users more options to select geometry when defining toolpath strategies, and provide better visual feedback on their selections. If you can't wait and want to get your hands on Free 2.5D CAM for Autodesk Inventor and Inventor LT 2014 or 2015 Inventor called Inventor HSM Express 2015, go here: http://cam.autodesk.com/get-inventor-hsm-express/

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08
May
2014

Bore Heights

We get a lot of questions about how to set Heights: for bore operations in turning. The following graphic explains how heights work when using a boring bar.

The meaning of heights for boring bars may at first seem reversed. That is because, in OD turning and milling, height values get larger as the tool moves away from the part. However, with a boring tool, heights get smaller as the tool moves away from the finish, as shown in the ISO view below.

A good way to visualize this is shown in the Right view below. Imagine the part is sliced in half, and that you are looking down at the bottom half at the finish diameter. Viewing the part like way, Heights look and act exactly like a Mill part: Bottom: is the finish, Top: is the rough stock of the bore (usually the previous drill radius), then Retract and finally Clearance.

 

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