This recent post was taken from CamBam forums. It was made by a reputable and longstanding member of CNC DIY community Bob La Londe.
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Re: Speed & Feed Primer ~ Long & Boring & Essentials « Reply #18 on: October 06, 2013, 20:31:44 pm »
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I will probably buy a copy of HSMAdvisor sooner or later. HSMAdvisor and FSWizard are opposite sides of the same coin. FSWizard is web based and free to use, and HSMAdvisor is standalone PC based but costs. I have found that FSWizard is quite good, but very aggressive. If you put in all the setup data it asks for, use coolant or lubricant when you should, and have a fairly rigid machine you can make all the cuts it calculates. Its also got a pretty decent material database built in and calculates for different tools, geometry, coatings, and even machining types like milling, drilling, and turning.
I've also found zero-divide (the author of FSWizard and HSMAdvisor) is quite easy to work with. He also has a free and a paid version of FSWizard for the Android Market. When I am doing a quick simple job using the Mach 3 Wizards I'll often double check my numbers using the FSWizard cell app rather than walk in the office and use the CAD/CAM computer. I've got 4 FS apps on my cell phone, but FSWizard is the only one I use anymore.
ALL OF THAT ASIDE:
What would be cool regardless of the tool is a direct interface from something like HSMAdvisor to drop the numbers back into CamBam rather than manually entering them one at a time. Calculate a cut using all of your parameters, step over, DOC, stickout, etc, and then click OK to send all of the appropriate numbers to the MOP you are working on.
Getting started on CNC? In or passing through my area?
If I have the time I'll be glad to show you a little in my shop.
Some Stuff I Make with CamBam