How do you install the HSM Toolstore and a Post Processor?

Question:

How do you install the HSM Toolstore and a Post Processor?
 

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The trick is to have the right files and know where to put them! Watch the video below as Jim tells us where to put the files that can be downloaded at the link below. Be sure to unzip them first.
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What else do we need to teach CIM?

Question:

What else do we need to really teach CIM? Are there any “extras” that you recommend?

Answer:

We get this question weekly. So here’s what we are going to do. Give you a preview to a Google doc that is live so we can update it on the fly. You will see it right below this paragraph. Be sure to scroll left and right and up and down to see all of the content! Links are live too!

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CNC Vocabulary For HSM

Question:

Since I switched from EdgeCAM to HSM, the vocabulary is a little different. Do you have any Key Terms that you use in your classroom that you wouldn’t mind sharing?

Answer:

Of course not! The terminology is a little bit different when you switch from EdgeCAM to HSM, but the concepts are the same. PLTW has not updated their key terms in many years, but I have in my classroom. Please understand that these are definitions that I made up for use in my classroom; I do not utilize definitions from a dictionary. That being said, feel free to utilize the attached vocabulary list.

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Also, please feel free to edit the definitions to your liking, and then send them back to me to update them. Thank you in advance!

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How do I use an edge finder?

Tired of using the I.L.A.R method of finding the corner of your stock (It Looks About Right…). Then here’s the video for you! This video was made by Tormach, and it shows you how to utilize two different types of edge finders. Thanks Tormach!

This video demonstrates the use of a mechanical edge finder and an electronic edge finder. Essentially, an edge finder is a dynamic indicator of the location of a workpiece edge with reference to the centerline of the spindle to which it is attached. Both versions of the edge finder are used in a similar fashion. The edge finder is put in the rotating chuck and the edge of the workpiece is moved towards the chuck. As the lower cylinder of the edge finder touches the edge, that lower cylinder “kicks” to the left (assuming a clockwise rotation as seen from above). When the kick is observed, the axis of the spindle and the edge of the workpiece are located to 1/2 the diameter of the edge finder. Continue Reading

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