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August 29
Solid Model and 3D DXF Import FAQ
  1. What can I import?
    1. You can import DXF documents or solid models in STEP format.
    2. .dxf, .stp, and .step file extensions
  2. How do I Import?
    1. See our videos covering the basics of using the 3D DXF and Solid Model Import options, along with an overview of the buttons available
    2. Buttons 
    3. 3D DXF
    4. Solids
  3. My DXF imported but is very small or very large.
    1. DXF documents are unit-less so change the WinMax display units and import again.
  4. My Solid Model imported but is very small.
    1. STEP handles units differently than DXF so when you save the file please use Metric units for best results.
  5. My Solid Model fails to import correctly.
    1. If you saved an assembly try saving each component separately. For more assistance please reach out to Hurco. Click here to email our applications team
  6. Does WinMax respect drawing Layers?
    1. Yes, WinMax will import layers, including layer name and color. If the imported file has a layer with the same name as one in the current document, the layers will be merged.
  7. Does WinMax support drawing blocks?
    1. Yes, WinMax will import the blocks and then expand them into their components.
  8. Does WinMax support modifying solids?
    1. WinMax only supports translating, rotating, and scaling your solid parts, as a whole or by individual surfaces.
  9. Does WinMax support modifying drawings?
    1. Yes, WinMax supports various drawing operations such as: trim, extend, split, and so on. Please see How-To videos for details.
    2. 3D DXF
  10. Can I save my Solid after I have adjusted it?
    1. No, WinMax does not support exporting changes made to solid geometry.
  11. Can I save my Drawing after I have edited it?
    1. Yes, WinMax supports saving drawings in the DXF format.
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August 06
How to Program from a Solid Model in WinMax [VIDEO]
Importing solid model files into WinMax allows you to program features directly of the model and automatically calculate transform planes. 
July 23
Tutorial: Conversational programming from .stl and 3d dxf files [VIDEO]
Watch this short video and learn how to bring solids and DXF files into WinMax, cut pockets, holes, create transform planes, and more.

July 23
Tutorial: Max5 Button Overview [VIDEO]
Watch this short video to learn the basics of the Graphics side of Hurco's WinMax software
July 09
Solid Model Import and 3D DXF Options in Winmax [VIDEO]
This video tutorial​ walks you through the process of programming from solid model and 3d DXF files in the latest version Hurco's WinMax software. Learn how to automatically create transform planes and select the features you want to cut.
April 26
Alternate 5-Axis Trunnion Centerline Procedure

For Hurco Trunnion Machines

STEP 1: Find the C-axis Centerline

STEP 2: Determine the Y-Axis Offset Distance

STEP 3: Find the A-axis Centerline

STEP 4: Compare the values obtained in the steps above with the current machine centerline values for the A-axis and C-axis.

Click here to download the pdf with detailed description of each step

February 16
What are the minimum system requirements for Winmax Desktop?

Please reffer to this page for WinMax 9 features, minimum system requirements and link to download the free trial.

WinMax® 9

January 17
What is Transform Plane?

The Hurco WinMax control is programmed using Universal Rotary for multi-sided programming. Simply program the tool as it would rotate around the part, and don’t think about how the part is moving.

  • Designed to operate on any 4 or 5-axis Hurco machine
  • Control determines the necessary rotary movements based on the axes available
  • All rotations are incremental from original WPC
  • Programs can be shared between different machine configurations


Click here to download the WinMax Transform Plane Quick Reference Guide​

January 17
What is Universal Rotary and how do I program with it

What is Universal Rotary?

​The Universal Rotary program type is designed to operate on any 4- or 5-axis Hurco machine - regardless of the axis configuration. 

The control will make the necessary movements based on the axes that it has available.

This means that Universal Rotary programs can be shared between many machines in the shop, and allows the operator to use whichever machine is available at the time…not just the machine that the program was run on previously.

Click here to download the PDF document about Programming with Universal Rotary.

This document includes:

  • Rotary Orientation Settings
  • Rotary Parameters are used to orient the cylinder
  • Axis of Rotation Settings
  • Zero Angle Settings
  • Cylinder Origin Point Settings
  • Cylinder Radius Data Settings
  • Tool Vector Angle Settings
  • Off Centerline Distance Settings
  • Machine Configuration Settings
January 17
What is Automatic Safe Repositioning and how do I change the Conversational ASR Parameter Settings

What is ASR? (US Patent US8244386)

A method for automatically repositioning a tool within the three-dimensional working space of a machine tool system from a current position to a target position, the method including the steps of:

(A) computing at least one retract move of the tool, based on a retract vector, from the current position to a retracted position in a retract plane by adjusting the retract vector, as necessary, such that the retract vector corresponds to movement of the tool toward the retract plane while remaining within the working space of the machine tool system;

(B) computing at least one plunge move of the tool, based on a motion vector that is an inverse of a plunge vector, from the target position to a plunge position in the retract plane by adjusting the motion vector, as necessary, such that the motion vector corresponds to movement of the tool toward the retract plane while remaining within the working space of the machine tool system; and

(C) moving the tool from the current position, to the retracted position and from the plunge position to the target position, wherein the retract plane defines a desired safe distance of the tool from a part prior to moving the tool from the plunge position to the target position.

Click here to download the PDF document for Conversational ASR Parameter Settings Tutorial

Click here to download the PDF document for NC ASR Tutorial and Quick Reference Guide

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