Timely post. I just got an order of end mills in the mail yesterday, so last night after work, I dutifully sat down to begin my “add new tool” workflow…
- Check end mill manufacturer page for recommended SFM and chip load numbers
- Using the basic feeds / speeds portion of G-Wizard, try to calculate ideal feeds and speeds based on material use
- In Fusion, start a new tool in my tool library (sorted by material type)
- Using the information from G-Wizard, set RPM / Feed / and Plunge factors in Fusion library for that tool
- Repeat for the next mill
That sounds simple, but I realized last night that my feeds and speeds from G-wizard might not accurately account for how I’m using the tool in Fusion (Slotting, adaptive clearing, contouring, etc. Then I realized that while I’m gradually building a comprehensive tool library in Fusion, I haven’t been building a library in G-Wizard “face palm”.
I’ve got to get better at using the CAD/CAM calculator in G-Wizard as the article suggests. I feel like so far G-Wizard has been phenomenal for getting me good basic feeds and speeds to avoid tool breakage, but I’m not using the software to its full potential.