HSMWorks 2016 R3


With the Blog kicked off, it only makes sense to look at today’s release of HSMWorks 2016 R3. Delivering on 49 user submitted tickets, it is clear that HSMWorks 2016 R3 focused on improving the “Quality of life”.  If you submitted on of these tickets, you should have received Personal E-mail from me letting you know the ticket was resolved when it was released in a development update.

Now, let’s take a moment to review some of the highlights in R3:


image 1On the milling front we continue to build on our 2D Chamfer operation by adding “Preserve order”.    With Preserve order checked, toolpaths will be applied in the same order the geometry was selected in.  As we continue to expand on the 2D Chamfer toolpath, you will notice support for tools that come to a point as well as giving you the ability to set the tip offset value to zero.

For any of you who have forgotten to un-check “Keep tool down” when doing engraving, you will be happy to know, it is now un-checked by default in both 2D Chamfer and Trace.  No more accidental lines through your part.

Of course, no release is complete without continued improvements and refinements to Adaptive clearing.  For this release we focused on reducing the number of segments in the toolpath.  Believe it or not, Adaptive clearing has been around 12 years already, it is mature and it produces results on a daily basis.  That said, we are not done yet! Over the past months, we have put significant effort into modernizing some of the underlying code to put us in a place to better leverage technology in Adaptive in other areas of the software.  More to come on this in upcoming releases!



image 2Turning continues to be an area of focus for our development team. R3 Introduces an Alternate flank threading option that evenly distributes the cutting loads on  threading insert by alternating the side of the insert that is doing the cutting.  In addition, we also progressively reduce the depth of the pass to balance out the fact that as the insert goes further into the material more of it will be engaged in stock.

I believe, the most important update for most turning users is the ability to allow radial grooving while not allowing axial grooving.  As a side note, we do still have a backlog item to offer completely independent control of axial and radial grooving.

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For users who like to be testing the latest and greatest, enable beta mode and check out the new No-Drag mode we are working on in turning.

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Read more about that here:





If you don’t know how to enable beta more, you can learn how here:

HSM BETA Mode in HSMWork, Inventor HSM & Fusion



Web based Post Library

image 5Launched late last year CAM.Autodesk.com/posts isn’t new.  What is new is the ability to access it directly from the post dialog in HSMWorks.   Now, while this may not been seen as a major change, what it represents is.  We are heading in a direction where we will minimize the list of post processors that installs with the software while maximizing the number of posts available in our online library.

A change to managing the delivery of posts via a web library allows the team to deliver new and updated posts independent of software releases.  It also provides a user experience that supports having many very specific post processors as apposed to a few very generic post processors.


Here are my top 7 post library tips and tricks:


  1. Selecting “Recent Changes” will show you the recent changes to a post processor
  2. Using the share link alows you to share posts with others and remain confident they will get the latest file.  No more E-mail .cps files!
  3. Selecting “Sample” will show sample code for the given post processor
  4. Downloading and double clicking a post will automatically add it to your personal posts folder
  5. Typing “Help” into the search box will show the advanced search functions
  6. Typing the file extension for your machine will show posts that produce that file extension.  For example; fgc finds the Torchmate post
  7. You can share search terms with others.  For example, you can share a link to all the haas posts like this: http://cam.autodesk.com/posts/?search=vendor:haas



Again, we have only touched on a few of  the many improvements to R3.   Take a deeper look at list of updates and improvements here:



Al Whatmough is Product Manager at Autodesk for the HSM based CAM product; HSMWorks, Inventor HSM & Fusion 360. A machinist by trade, prior to joining Autodesk, Al was involved in the CADCAM field by running or owning companies that provided sales, services and created training for businesses wishing to implement integrated CAD/CAM technology.

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