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

Question:

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

Solution:

 
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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A CNC machine for $4000? Really?

Thanks Ryan Dennes!  He sent me an email outlining a new CNC machine that will cut everything up to and including aluminum, for only $4000. The post for it is already baked right into HSM too, so you should be able to send code for it right out of Inventor! It’s called the Pocket NC.

I am NOT saying go rogue and buy one… do NOT say “well Chris and Jim said…”. I have not even seen one in action yet, except for a few Youtube videos. Just saying that if you had an extra $4k kicking around and you know a bit about CNC, this machine may do all we need it to to make projects for CIM. Oh… and it has a fifth axis to boot!  Just let us know how it works out for you.

Here are a few Q & A’s from their FAQ:

How much does the Pocket NC cost?

A Pocket NC costs 4000USD plus shipping.  

What materials can you cut with the Pocket NC?

The Pocket NC can cut wax, plastic, wood, and aluminum.  Basically any materials with hardnesses up to that of aluminum.

What size parts can you make with the Pocket NC?

The travel of the Pocket NC is 4.3 inches (109 mm) in X, 5.0 inches (127 mm) in Y, and 3.5 inches (89 mm) in Z.  How your part fits in this envelope is highly dependent on your setup.

What kind of software will I need to run the Pocket NC?

We are partnering with Autodesk to offer a one-year commercial subscription to Autodesk® Fusion 360™ with each of our machines.  After the one-year period is over, Fusion 360 is free for enthusiasts, hobbyists, and startups and is compatible with Windows and OSx.  You may also use whatever CAD/CAM software you would like, we would be happy to help facilitate the generation of a post processor for our machine.

Are you going to make a machine with a larger work area?

We do plan to design a machine with a larger work area, however it is still a couple of years from being released.

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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 get G&M Code Using Inventor HSM?

Question:

How do I get G&M code from Inventor HSM to make my actual part on the milling machine?

Answer:

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It’s really gotten very easy to do with HSM. Follow the directions below, and you should be all set!  Be sure to download the PLTW tool library, and watch video 0 at the link below so that when you verify it in CNCmotion, it will work. This link shows you how to install the post and tool store, and provides a link below Video 0 to download the toolstore and post for the Intellitek machines: HERE
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  Step 1   Click on the Post Process tool in the toolbar as shown above.
Step 2 Choose the type of machine you have. In this case I am using an Intellitek mill.
Step 3 Chose where you want it to save the NC file.
Step 4 Click on the Post button at the bottom. Your code will then open in a code editor, and be saved in the folder where you told it to be. You should now be able to open it in CNCmotion and simulate it or run the code on the machine of your choice!
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