So much good stuff to be found in Autodesk’s standard Fusion 360. Check this video out! Link
On the fabrication side you have a pretty cool 3D Printing utility that talks with Autodesk’s Free MESHMIXER.
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If you are a leader; it’s your responsibility to help get the best out of your team. If you aren’t a leader, but consider yourself a team player; it’s your responsibility to help get the best out of your team. The end goal is the same, so stop looking at someone else to pick up the slack. You are in the driver seat, and you can be the driving force for how your team success.
Imagine two teams.
The first is full of team members who are open with one another, passionately debate important issues, and commit to clear decisions even if they highly disagree. They call each other out when needed, always trying to help each other out, and focus their attention and energy on the good for the organization.
The second is a random group of people who are guarded and less then honest with one another. They hold back during difficult conversations, and hesitate to call one another on unproductive behaviors. Often they pursue their own agendas rather than those of the greater organisation.
The question: What kind of advantage would the first team have over the second, and how much time and energy would it be worth investing to make this advantage a reality?
It doesn’t matter if you are part of a design team surrounded by the latest hip furniture, colors and Macintosh, or if this is a shop floor, blue collar, CNC cutting oil crew.
Building a great team takes the same steps.
When being part of a team it is normal that not everyone is at the same level. Some have more experience because they have done the job longer, some of the team members might even get paid more, but it is important that everyone understand that everyone do carry part of the load. If you do not bring something to the team, even just an opinion, you might not belong there.
It’s not only important to get the team together, it is also important to get everyone looking in the same direction. Your help to the team can be as simple as asking “What is the end goal look like? What should be considered? And what is the steps to get there?”. That question can help the team figuring out how to make the next design project come within budget, or lead the next shipment of parts being delivered on time.
Don’t you hate sitting in a room where you feel someone has their own agenda? It’s important to understand that when trust is questioned, vulnerability is many times the factor. The absolute first step is to put yourself in their shoe’s. If you were that person, would you have concerns? For a team to build trust it is essential that the team gets to a point where things like “I screwed up,” “I need help,” “Your idea is better than mine,” “I’m confused,” and even “I’m sorry,” can be said. Consider it might be in your best interest to lead in this category.
As a team leader it is pretty clear that one of your objective is to get commitment from your team. But, even just as a team member it’s critical that you not only are open to give your commitment, but also seek commitment from others. Sometimes when tasks are at hand that you do not want to do, remembering your commitment to be committed to the team might be the signal to role up your sleeves and get things done.
There can be no question of the advantage of a strong team, but creating such a team is like a marriage, it takes constant effort from everyone involved. If there is a starting point, I would recommend the 6 critical questions from Patrick Lencioni’s book “The Advantage”.
1. Why do we exist?
2. How do we behave?
3. What do we do?
4. How will we succeed?
5. What is most important, right now?
6. Who must do what?
I challenge you, I challenge myself, let’s take “the advantage” and make better teams!
A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier
This is not much of an article, but just a short post on one of those strange things we sometimes come across that in the moment seem very difficult to wrap your head around, but in the end is nothing more than a confused state that easily can be explained.
Inventor Project files
Going from being a SolidWorks expert to a Inventor rookie. Well, that is kind of the place I am living these days, and though the two CAD programs are extremely similar and easy to use, I have to admit that I had to stop and investigate. Want to know more? check out this video…
Autodesk creates a Powerful CAD/CAM Bundle
Inventor HSM Pro 2015
Many will agree that Inventor is super easy to use when it comes to 3D CAD. Many will also agree that CAD software is a decade ahead of most CAM software when it comes to power and user friendliness.
Autodesk is changing that by streamlining the workflow, giving the CNC programmer more control, and more power by utilizing latest technology, such as 64-bit multi-core machining strategies that significantly reduces toolpath calculations and in the end, the ease of use by bringing the machining power into Inventor.
With the release of Inventor HSM Pro, Autodesk is creating a true integrated design-to-manufacturing powerhouse. It is a package of powerful CAD and CAM. With this CAD/CAM bundle, you get a full license of Autodesk Inventor Professional and HSM’s 2.5D, Advanced 3D and 5-Axis Machining operations. One could argue that this is the best CAD/CAM package when it comes to price, workflow , ease-of-use, and making sure to shorten the time from the idea to the finished part.
More details on CAD…
So what do you really get? besides all the powerful 3D CAD tools in a standard seat of Inventor, the Professional version includes Electrical system design/tube and pipe runs, Validate performance with simulation & FEA and Mold, and tool and die functions. This gives you a high end CAD packages that will not only let you create machinable parts faster, but also the power to create and design all the reliable work holding and fixturing you as a CNC Programmer need.
More detail on CAM…
On the CAM side you will get 5-Axis Swarf and 5-Axis Contour. This is sitting on top of standard Inventor HSM that already have 5-Axis tilt build into its 3D toolpaths. All-in-all you get everything from 2.5D to Advanced 3D and all the way to 5 Axis milling toolpaths including the awesome Adaptive Clearing for roughing. All the toolpaths are placed right on the CAD model and are fully associative. Changes in the design are automatically reflected in the toolpath.
If you want more information and catch a trial of Inventor HSM Pro 2015, click here cam.autodesk.com
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Podcast Episode 3 – What happened at Autodesk University and Manufacturing News You Want to Know About
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A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier
People are streaming to Las Vegas for one of the hottest event of the year, Autodesk University.
Now, I’m pretty excited, this is my first AU, but on top of that I have had the chance to spend most of the day behind closed door inside the exhibit hall.
Tomorrow night the exhibit hall will open up for 10,000 people who all are creating, designing and creating the world we are living in.
Here is a few images as we where setting things up for all of you, and if you have the time to stop by The MFG Spot I would love to say hello.
Hope to see you tomorrow!