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    HSMAdvisor Speed and Feed Calc Hook for MasterCAM

    Just a heads up. HSMAdvisor Hook for MasterCAM 2020 is now available at the usual place: Regards!
  2. I have released the first HSMA hook for MasterCAM X9 earlier this month. So far not all toolpath/tooling styles are supported. But to me application of it looks very promising. I have been using it at work for some time. It has, of course, has ways to go but you can check it out right now I am planning to keep the ToolPath Parameters Import/Export features free for all users, so there is something for everybody, not just my customers! You can check out more info over here: There is a list of supported features and a couple of videos to show how everything works. As usual YOUR feedback is very welcome. Update: 1. installer has been fixed. 2. .NET 4.0 required for the hook to work
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    Hsmadvisor what is 100% tool life?

    Since I created the program I can tell you how 100% is calculated. 100% tool life is assumed when all values are default (green). It is a standard base line and for most tools it corresponds to medium hogging toolpath at about 30% radial engagement and 100% SF overrides. There is no fixed hour value to 100% though. For Aluminum 100% may be 10 days and for D2 steel it may be 60 minutes. Then as you adjust cutting parameters, your expected tool life will change as well. In your case if you are getting 600% tool life and your actual tool life is 6 hours, you can reasonably assume it would last 1 hour when is shows 100% (assuming you are using the same tool)
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    Having trouble with speeds and feeds

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  5. Tried to use this one: TpMainMatMgr.GetMainMatList().DatabaseAdd(opEnt) Still no luck
  6. Hello, I am getting a material from the Material Library and then Adding material with the following 2 methods (C++/CLR code): bool COperation::GetMaterial(String ^ mat_name, CMaterial ^%ctp) { bool result = false; ent opEnt; if (TpMainMatMgr.GetMainMatList().DatabaseRetrieve(mat_name, opEnt)) { ctp = gcnew CMaterial(opEnt); result = true; } return result; } bool COperation::AddMaterial(CMaterial ^ctp) { bool result = false; ent opEnt; String2CharA(ctp->name,; String2CharA(ctp->comment, opEnt.u.matl.comment); if (TpMainMatMgr.GetMainMatList().Add( opEnt.u.matl )>0) { result = true; } return result; } I am ONLY setting the name and comment at this point. It works just fine and the new material is in the list. Yet when I re-open MasterCam, the material is gone. I am sure there is something simple i need to do to make it save, but just can't figure out what is. Thanks in advance!
  7. Hi, I am trying to adapt my HSMAdvisor c-hook to work with MC2019 and having major issues. I got it to compile, but the following code seems to return invalid operation data: TpMainOpMgr.GetMainOpList().DatabaseRetrieve (opId, opEnt) Mainly does not contain any info about the tool Has this changed? how do we get info about the operation's tool now? Thanks1
  8. Thanks! You are the man! Btw. I think last time 2018 SDK was released there was a list of breaking changes and workarounds published. Would be cool is this fine tradition could continue;)
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    Dynamic Milling Help

    By the time it does that move there is no material there: it is taken off from both sides.
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    Dynamic MIll Spreadsheet

    I thought you are also using HSMAdvisor.... If so please upload your cuts to the cloud using the "stars" on Speeds and Feeds panel.
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    Titanium spd/fd for HSM request

    Cool! Thanks for great feedback! I am trying to build an online database for cutting data within HSMAdvisor called Cut Cloud. Would be really great if you guys could contribute to it by rating and uploading cuts. Its really easy to use. Just click on the stars on the Speeds and Feeds panel. Enter some cut info and click Submit. I think having access to real proven data would be a great help for everybody.
  12. HSMAdvisor is not only for HSM machining. Because of a very scientific approach I built into it, it will very accurately tell you what the tool can handle. It especially shines when you need to get proper DOC/WOC for long tools. Obviously for it to work you need to accurately enter as much info about the tool as available. But if tools are "mystery" just use Generic Endmill tool type with whatever coating you think it has. Steer away from "Roughing HP Endmill" if you are not sure.
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    HSM Advisor Chook for X8

    Nope. X9 and 2017 only
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    HSMAdvisor hook for MC 2017

    Yeah, it uses your HSMAdvisor license. The cHook itself comes at no additional cost. Thank you for support, guys!
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    HSMAdvisor hook for MC 2017

    Hi guys, Just wanted to let you know that HSMAdvisor Speed and Feed Hook is now available for both MasterCAM x9 and 2017 now! A lot of improvements were made specially to cater to CAM guys. Like the ability to save and quickly load Tools and Cuts or the new tree on "Load Tool" dialog that sorts cutting parameters according to the toolpath, tool type, coating etc. I also added some cuts from Rizzo's Dynamic Database to HSMadvisor's Cut Cloud. Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Question for all users here: do you think it will be useful to be able to upload complete CAM toolpaths to the cloud, so they can easily be shared with your pals?
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    high speed machining

    But my calc does calculate that! In results area it shows the Torque on tool. If one had information with max holding power for their holder, he could use it to determine if pullout / slippage could be an issue. Generally I notice that setting Torque Limit to 100% in HSMAdvisor completely eliminates slipping for properly tightened ER 32 holders.
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    High feed toolpaths & high feed inserts

    +1 on setting it up as a bullnose endmill. Also because the last wall pass in the issue you can set up a finishing pass at lower feedrate.
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    Machine all half-way down out of a plate. Can leave tabs too. Cut on a bandsaw and machine back of each in vise + clean up the tabs if any.
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    Feed rate question

    Holy Crap!
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    Latest HSMAdvisor Hook for x9

    The MC 2017 has been out for a few month now and because it has received quite mixed reviews from the machinist's community, i decided to release one more big update to our MCx9 hook before starting to fully work on adapting it for MC 2017. Here is a youtube video showcasing most of the improvements: What is new and improved in this HSMAdvisor update New Hardened D2 and M2 Steels New 17-4 and 13-8 Stainless Steels in various conditions Plunge Speed Lock New Free GD&T Reference Tab Updated Look and functionality of Scientific Calculator Updated look of all Geometry Calculators. Improved Toolpath import and export New Improved Select Tool/Cut Dialog with Side Contents Tree Plunge RPM lock for toolpaths, that do not support Plunge RPM different from the main RPM Ability to choose which data is read and written into the toolpath. Full ToolDB Functionality including editing and saving tools is now free. As usual Here you can download the latest updates:
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    Drill P20 with HSS drills

    Speeds and feeds at 100% on HSMAdvisor are considered uber-safe conservative. 150% on speed and feed will move you close to what many manufacturers suggest.
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    nevermind. Doublepst.
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    Civicegg, That would be cool. Please send me your tools to [email protected] You can use Tool Database->Actions->Export command to get the file. I will look into it. Perhaps one of us is missing something. Thank you.
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    It is dependent on the tool manufacturer, of course, but 100% feed rate in HSMAdvisor is considered moderate and at 150% you get into what most manufacturers would suggest. Here i am going at 170% and even at 100 i surpassed what was recommended as starting parameters: Just to help me out, In what way do you say manufacturer's number are better?

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