Release 1.600 is a feature release:
- Added a new tool type for lathes: Parting/Grooving. Nothing too special here, just support for a very common operation on lathes. The hints will remind you that you can run OD grooving (not parting) a little bit faster than ID grooving.
- Reworked the adjustments to spindle HP and added a new type. You now have 3 choices:
- No Adjustment: Use the peak power at all times.
- Weight Adjusted: Look at the machine’s envelope and weight and de-rate lighter weight machines. Folks with small machines like Taigs, Sherlines, and the smallest Siegs report this helps a lot.
- Power Curve Adjusted. You may model a power curve with one peak. Set Low RPM to the lowest rpm your spindle can do, Low HP to the HP (or KW for metric users) at that RPM, Peak RPM to the rpm of your machine’s peak power, Peak HP to the amount of power available at the peak, High RPM to the spindle’s fastest rpm, and High HP to the HP at the High RPM. G-Wizard will then interpolate the available HP Limit based on the rpm selected in feeds and speeds. This is helpful on single speed machines with very peaky power curves. If you have more than one speed, you could try a different machine profile for each speed.
- Added Aluminum 6082 in O, T4, T451, T6, and T651 conditions to the Materials DB. Also added FX-XTRA from A Finkl to the Materials DB.
- Fixed a bug in the ballnose scallop calculator where it was being way to conservative on calculated stepover. Thanks Kvom!
If you’re in no great hurry to get these features, watch for a while until I turn on the upgrade notice within G-Wizard. The download is here for the new release. I will add an article describing how the new Power Curve capability can be used shortly. If you’re not a registered trial or subscription user, why not check out G-Wizard? The 30-day trial is free.