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HSMAdvisor v0.300 has been released

June 23, 2013, 2:05 am by admin

This release features some pretty major updates and features.

First of all, Tool deflection model has been radically improved over previous versions.
Now model fully considers not only the flute length, but also depth of cut and how it affects deflection!

No other speed and feed calculator alows you to do that.

Calculator now helps getting full advantage of those Hight Axial engagement toolpaths.

New things

  • HSMAdvisor can now print!
    For now you can print a screenshot of application window. Make sure to select "Album" layout in your printer settings, otherwise portion of the window may get cut off.
    Tool library printing is next in line to be done.
  • User Library Export and Import in XML format is now available.
    You can use it to back up your tool library and share library files with others.
  • Library Tabs are now right-clickable by mouse- this allows to right click on the library tab and select desired action like "Delete" "Merge" and "Rename".
  • Speeds for some tool and stainless steels have been revised.
    Couple of materials were added.

Things updated and improved

  • Improved tool deflection model.
  • Improved and fixed machine and tool limits trigering.
  • Creation of new Tool or Cut now forces newly-created tool/cut to get loaded, so you dont have to search it from the drop-down list- it becomes active right away.
  • Viewing and editing of tool/cut info in myCutDB page now does not close opened tool tree.
  • Tool material and Work Material are now a single column. Its called Tool&Work Material and it shows tool material for Tool rows and work material for Cut rows

HSMAdvisor 0.201 Update has been released.

May 26, 2013, 9:48 pm by admin

This is a bug fix release.

Because of amount of new features that was added to the front and back end in the previous version some bugs have crawled in.

Bugs fixed in this update

  • Fixed the behaviour of Manufacturer Settings- Speed and Chipload

  • Fixed Slotting Checkbox getting stuck when it was supposed to be unchecked

  • Fixed Edit Tool and Edit Cut dialogs that did not update changed data properly

  • Click on DOC label in turning mode now resets DOC to default

  • Removed the nag screen that appears after 15 days of usage - was never intended to be there

Again thanks to everybody sending their bug reports and suggestions to me.

Without you my job would have been much harder.


Pre-Hard Stainless & HSM Advisor Test

May 19, 2013, 3:55 pm by admin

Sevaral weeks ago i saw a post on CNCZone.

A HSMadvisor user Peter Neil used it to calculate cutting conditions for cutting a block of pre-hardened stainless steel.
His machine was Tormach.

Here is an exact copy-paste from that forum post:
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Did a test cut on the Tormach today using feeds & speeds from the latest version of the excellent HSM advisor.
To make it interesting, I did the cut using some 1.2085 pre-hard Stainless Steel as I have plenty of stock of it and have a job in mind for this, and wanted to see how it cut on the Tormach.
The material is like a stainless P20, at 16% Chrome/1% Nickel & 0.5% Sulphur (which makes it slightly free-er machining) and is hardened to around 33-35 Rockwell C, so I used the HSM advisor guidelines for machining P20 rather than Stainless. Cutter was a 10mm 4-flute Carbide TiAlN coated EM.

So...... ticking the HSM/Chip thinning option I got a speed of 5120 and feed of 2214mm/minute( 87 IPM). I used a DOC of 10mm and WOC of 0.5mm/0.020" - and turned off the flood cooling to machine it completely dry. The finish pass on the 1st level was 15mm DOC and 0.5mm WOC and slightly lower speeds/feeds.

Loaded up a 40mm x 63mm block , pressed the start button, and it went from this....





...to this!

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HSMAdvisor 0.200 Is available for download

May 12, 2013, 11:36 pm by admin

This HSMAdvisor v0.200 release is a major step forward.

Aside from major rewrites that i did to improve stability of the code there are also new features that will improve user experience 
and move us one step ahead towards making it the best tool for machinists. 

New Features

  • Circular Interpolation feedrate compensation
    Now you can get compensated feedrates for milling inside and outside round features.
  • HSM and Chip Thinning 
    are now two separate check boxes.
    Chip thinning allows to compensate for thinning chip thickness at low radial and axial engagements.
    HSM allows to increase cutting speed when chip thinning occurs. 
  • Manufacturer's Speed and Chipload input
    For when you need to enter manufacturer recommended S&F values.
  • .NET 2.0 Framework 
    Starting from this release i have downgraded required framework version from 4.0 to 2.0
    This will allow us to target wider audience as it immediately drops requirements for Windows computers.
  • UNEF and UNS threads
    New thread sizes were added into the Threading section. 
  • Drill Chart 
    was expanded to drills up to 1.5" in diameter

Bugs Fixed

All the existing bugs were tackled when code re-write happened.
I took a long time testing and fixing all of the problem and suspect areas, so at this poing it should be bug-free.


HSMAdvisor v0.101 (FIXED)

April 14, 2013, 11:31 pm by admin

HSMAdvisor v0.1 is now available.

(newest version is 0.101)

A decision has been made that updates containing new features will increment by 0.1 each time

Bug fix updates and improvement updates will increment by 0.01

This should be a hint that first fully commercial release is in sight. (you still have another 6 months or so of free updates).

There is only one major feature

  • Machinery with gear boxes is now supported- users can enter a list of RPM machine can have set and FSWizard will force all calculations to stick to those pre-defined numbers.
    There is a sample machine called "Manual Lathe" that demonstrates this feature. You can use "Import" function in Machine Definitions dialog to load that machine and see how it works

Several bugs have been fixed

  • Manually entered RPM for lathe tools have been fixed
  • Minimum RPM entered in Machine Definitions dialog now actually forces FSWizard to not go below that value and generate a warning.

 

How Sticky RPM works:

  • Create new machine in Machine Definitions by clicking Add button and giving it a name you would recoginze.
  • Fill up all of the input boxes including Min and Max RPM, Horse Power and Torque.
  • Enter list of RPM values your machine supports into the Power Curve table.
    (Note RPM values HAVE to be in incremental order)
  • Against each RPM row enter the max Horesepower your machine has (because its a gear-box, machine HP value is constant at any spindle speed)
    Tip: if Max torque was unknown, now you can enter the highest value you see in Torque row.
  • Check Calculations Stick to pre-defined RPM only check box (Yes i know the picture shows that box unchecked, but you have to CHECK it)
  • Check Use Horse Power Curve Compensation check box

Thats it!

Now FSWizard will force calculated RPM to match the closest RPM value from the table.


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