Does HSMWorks offer feature based machining? When feature based machining is done right I notice it can save a good deal of time.
Does HSMWorks have a way to Edit the Common Parameters of many Machining Operations?
Can HSMWorks easily solid cut part verify many different parts mounted on a tombstone at the same time?
If I have five vises mounted on the CNC that do a part in stages can HSMWorks use solid cut part Verify to show me all the operations in all the vises in one shot so that what is happening on the CNC is accurately represented in just one solid cut part Verify simulation?
How does HSMWorks handle manipulating solid cut part Verify files?
Does HSMWorks do drilled hole recognition? If it does, does it turn the part transparent and highlight all the recognized holes and put them into "Groups" in a "Holes Tree"? Is the "Holes Tree" with its "Groups" a part of HSMWorks machining parameters user interface? This kind of interface allows you to use one tool, say a 1/2″ NC Spot drill, to spot and chamfer many different sized tapped holes at different Z depths. You have total control over the Z depth you wish to use because this interface contains a "Delta Depth" control that allows you to adjust the Z depth for each individual hole if you wish. Not only does this interface do all of this and do it well but it also does this with only one machining operation in the Machining Operations Manager for the same tool rather than loading up the Machining Operations Manager with many Machining Operations for the same tool.
Does HSMWorks have toolpath editing? If it does can the integrated backplotter be used to do the toolpath editing?
This integrated CAMCAM approach seems to be catching on. This shop no longer uses Mastercam and now has many seats of Open Mind Hypermill running inside of SolidWorks.
They are one of the fastest growing shops in this area.