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Aug 23, 2013



Well... the way I see it there is actually some really positive news out of Autodesk this week.

Autodesk hired Al Whatmough For HSMWorks. Al Whatmough was previously working for a reseller and doing videos that showed how to use HSMWorks. See You Tube. Some of his videos are outstanding.

Al Whatmough might represent the first person that Autodesk has hired for HSMWorks that has some actual machine shop experience and who has a very good idea of all the basics that HSMWorks is so badly missing. There is a ton of work to do on HSMWorks because it's never been developed properly. Despite the constant B.S. that gets floated about HSMWorks, its only real strength is very good integration with SolidWorks.

There is no doubt that Al Whatmough knows what's wrong with HSMWorks as I've made sure he knows in excruciating detail. :>)

HSMWorks doesn't have the proper support for multi-part machining and its solid machine/part simulation leaves a lot to be desired.

HSMWorks doesn't keep full track of a stock model for all 2 and 2 1/2 axis machining operations so you end up Chaining till your wrist gets sore.

HSMWorks surfacing toolpaths require far too much manual boundary creation to control them.

Hopefully Autodesk will empower Al Whatmough to force HSMWorks developers to focus on what they've ignored for many years. If this happens all end users who want much better CAM than what exists now will be the winners.

Jon Banquer
CADCAM Technology Leaders group on LinkedIn

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