Tips

Our applications engineers share their years of CAM and milling expertise with you in the form of a weekly tip.

Speed Up Your Programming Time – Stock Simulation

The integrated stock simulation allows the user to see the stock being removed and automatically checks for shaft and clamp/fixture collisions. The resulting stock model can be inspected by coloring the surface by tool number.  3+2 machining is supported and multiple toolpaths can be verified in a single operation.

Speed Up Your Programming Time – Stock Simulation

The integrated stock simulation allows the user to see the stock being removed and automatically checks for shaft and clamp/fixture collisions. The resulting stock model can be inspected by coloring the surface by tool number.  3+2 machining is supported and multiple toolpaths can be verified in a single operation.

ALT Key Keyboard shortcuts for HSMWorks

HSMWorks contains some keyboard shortcuts that can save you a lot of time when using. To use some of the tips, and see what the ALT Key keyboard shortcuts are, watch our tip video below:

Derived Operation

Use Derived Operations to program faster. For example if you do one operation on some portion fo your part, and you want to follow up with another operation on the same areas of the part, using the same tool, than make a derived operation. This can cut down on the programming time necessary to make the part.

Component Pattern

When milling part, several times in one setup, use component setup to transfer the machining strategies and information from one copy to the other. This is significantly faster than programming the same part multiple times.

HSM Show Log

When programming CNC toolpaths for your pat, sometimes a particular toolpath will not calculate for a variety of reasons. When this happens, it is usually a good idea to look at the log and maybe glean some information on why this happened. Here is how to do that.

Reset CAM menus in SolidWorks

Sometimes your CAM menus in SolidWorks may start to act weird, usually this is after an update to SolidWorks. Today's tip shows you how to reset your CAM menus within SolidWorks.

Default Folders

Ever wonder how to set the default folders in your CAM browser. We show you how to accomplish this in today's HSM tip.

Duplicate Setup

Often when milling multiple parts, or other sides of the same part, you want to use the same styles and parameters of toolpaths. HSM software allows you to quickly duplicate tool setups so you can finish programming your part quickly.

Taper Helix

When using a ramp or helix motion to get to the correct Z-Level for adaptive clearing, we want to be as easy on the tool as possible. We can accomplish this by providing a slight taper to the helix motion. This video helps you out.
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