HSMAdvisor operates both in imperial(in) and metric(mm) systems.
Every field on the main Speeds and Feeds page can toggle between "in" and "mm" simply by clicking on the in/mm label located next to the field.
For example, if you enter 0.5 in diameter, you can convert it to 12.7 by clicking on the "in" label like so:
It is totally normal to have some fields metric and others imperial.
Choose your Tool Type, Tool Material and Tool Coating
Cutting parameters depend not only on the type of tool you are using, but also on the material it is made of and its coating.
We have the largest number of tool types, tool materials and coatings to choose from than any other Speed and Feed calculator out there
Here is a short Application Guide for use of different cutting tool materials and coatings.
Tool Materials and Coatings are listed from least preferable to most preferable.
(IE: line "Recommended tool materials: HSS, HSCobalt, Carbide, Diamond" means that HSS is the least preferable material and Diamond is the Most preferable one)
Enter Your cutting tool geometry starting with Tool Diameter (Turn diameter for Lathe)
All input fields displayed on the screen are important.
Enter/Adjust your cutter engagement parameters
The expandable Cut panel is visible when either Milling or Turning Tool Type is selected.
When a Turning tool type is selected, only the DOC input field is visible.
One of the handiest functions of HSMAdvisor is the ability to suggest Depth of Cut (DOC) and Width of Cut (WOC) based on tool type and user-specified tool geometry.
When Cut data matches the default or ideal data specific for the selected Tool Type, the DOC and WOC fields turn Green in color:
This article describes how to balance the Cutter Engagement and find the most efficient way of removing material.
An integral part of HSMAdvisor is its powerful Tool and Cut Database.
Tool Database allows you to store your tools in one convenient location, sparing you the time needed to key-in your tool type, size, etc.
It is very flexible and, since its inception, has grown both in size and functionality.
With every update, the list of its features keeps growing, and at present, it can (among many other things) do the following:
- Store and Edit geometric Tool data, Including automatic creation of tool data from a sample tool entry.
- Store/Create/Manage Custom Tool Manufacturer Cutting data using Manufacturer Brand/Series names.
- Store and Manage Tool Handling data like Number of Tools in stock, Ordering Vendor Information, Physical location in the shop
- Set up Low Tool Stock warning levels and add tools that are low on the stock to a Request List to be ordered.
- Create and Export customizable Tool Request Orders for use in purchasing.
- Restock received tools into the Tool Database
- Attach Cutting Data (Known as just "Cuts") to tools for various cutting scenarios in different materials.
- Store complete MasterCAM Tool and ToolPath parameters for easy importing/Exporting of MC operations
- Organize Tools into Libraries
- Share a single Tool Database between many HSMAdvisor seats in real-time.
- Import Tool Databases in Fusion 360 format.
In the following articles, we will describe the main functions of the Tool Database.
The main point of having a Tool Database is to streamline access to frequently-used tool sizes and custom cutting data, preserving your manufacturing knowledge for future use by you and perhaps to share it with your co-workers.
Tools have to be added by clicking the "Add Tool" button on the "Tool Data" panel of the "Speeds and Feeds" tab.
Once a tool has been loaded, you will not be able to edit it's Tool geometry or access the "Add Tool" functionality. Please click on the "Edit New" or "Reset" button on the Tool Data panel to unload the current tool.
You can manipulate a large number of tools simultaneously by selecting multiple Tool records in the Tool Database tab.
You can select multiple tools in sequence using your mouse and/or keyboard.
When one or more Tool and/or Cut rows have been selected, you can perform various actions on them by right-clicking on the Tool Table control.
- Solid End Mill
- Solid Ball Mill
- HP/Roughing End Mill
- Indexed End Mill
- Indexed Ball Mill
- Indexed Face Mill
- Jobber twist Drill
- High Feed Mill
- Hi-Helix Parabolic Drill
- Straight Flute for hard metal
- Spade Drill
- Thread Mill
- Helical Indexed End Mill
- V-bit Engraver
- Forming Tap
- Chamfer Mill
- Indexed Drill
- Boring Head