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Fusion 360: Make it with CAM with Lars!

Fusion 360 CAD/CAM lives in the spotlight of Autodesk’s slogan “The future of making things”. But what if the “future” ambushes you while sipping your morning coffee, busy catching up on yesterday’s news?
This—design, engineer, fabrication—tool will bring you the future, today. Beginning with CAD that creates form, features and drawings, and in the end lets you manufacture products with built in 3D printing layouts and create nifty CNC toolpaths. This all happens while you can collaborate with anyone on any type of cloud connected device.

I had a chance the other day to be a guest on the Fusion 360 Live Classroom with James Herzing, Fusion 360 Community Manager, and I got to show the basics of 2.5D CAM inside Fusion 360.

Podcast Episode 7 – Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, Autodesk Subscription & CAD News.


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Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, Autodesk Subscription & CAD News!
Show notes:
Quick Inventor Tip : Parameters & Equations
Autodesk Subscription licensing
Autodesk launch design Suite package for manufacturing
DEVELOP3D LIVE – Carl Bass
DP Technology releasing Esprit 2015
Fusion 360 CAM Webinar
Inventor HSM Webinar on Engineering.com (9am. EST.)
Inventor HSM Webinar on Engineering.com (2pm. EST.)

Outstanding Autodesk Fusion 360 Update

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It’s definitely time to sit down and get comfortable. Autodesk Fusion latest update is full of snacks and goodies, so come and join me, plenty of seats available. One of my favorite things about this CAD-in-the-cloud experience is that updates gets pushed directly to you. This assures that you have the best and up-to-date tools to get the job done.

The Autodesk Fusion team has stitch together an update that contains an overflow of power updates, that covers the whole portfolio of Fusion 360’s capability of taking an idea all the way to fabrication.

From idea to fabrication…

I think it is best to simply start a list with some improvements and new functions:

  • Stability and Performance
  • Enhancement assembly command
  • Insert McMaster-Carr Components
  • Pimp up the Measure command
  • New Cloud Render functions
  • Animations
  • CAM
  • Drawings (Don’t forget about those important 2D drawings)
  • Import options
  • API
  • Learning

I think it is clear that Fusion 360 is a tool that is getting some serious attention, and is packing a pretty heavy punch when it comes to getting things done. Here is a few of my favorite highlights…

Highlights…

McMasterCarr

Its not just the wonderful life of the software updates getting pushed to you, being on the cloud also lets you easily connect to vendors. From within Fusion you can open the McMaster-Carr website and browse and insert components. Click, Click and Done.

Error Handling

Lack of error reporting can drive me insane, nothing worse than struggling figuring out why the software is not preforming a desired task. My thanks to the Fusion team for being on top of this. Keep it coming.

Cloud rendering

Rendering in the cloud. What if you could use all the computer power in the world? Hooked up with Autodesk A360, Fusion will let you use the cloud resources to render awesome looking pictures. This means huge savings in Render-Beast-Computers that cost a lot of money, and imagine sitting at a customer site and execute a rendering using the cloud from your laptop. Awesome!

Parts listBalloons

It’s interesting that when talking CAD, the cloud and the future most people forget that 2D drawings is still necessary for a functional CAD package. Even though Fusion has CAM build into it, most people on the shop floor will demand a 2D print. So the Fusion team have enhanced this version with parts list and balloon annotations. Nailed it!

Fusion CAM update

CAM, CAM, CAM…Making it available to create personal tools, post and template libraries. Improvements to tool libraries on the Mac ( That’s right, a true CAD/CAM system supported on Apple devices). Selection enhancements, face strategy with chip thinning, stay-down feature for Adaptive Clearing. The list goes simply on, over a dozen of specific CAM enhancements. Get the chips flying!

Conclusion…

Design, integration with outside vendors, rendering, animations, 2D drawings, data management, API and CAM is a healthy update list. That should make you fuzzy inside knowing this “from design to fabrication” package starts at comfortable $300 a year. Job well done Fusion team!!

Podcast Episode 6 – How to learn Fusion 360 CAM and a bunch of Engineering News!


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How to learn Fusion 360 CAM and a bunch of Engineering News!

Show Notes:
How to learn Fusion 360 CAM – Basic -
Free Autodesk software for students and educators
GrabCAD Workbench
cadcamstuff blog post about GrabCAD Workbench inside SolidWorks
Autodesk Ember Printer
Autodesk Desktop Subscription
Tired of the computer just sitting there A 5 minute must see with Carl Bass

Big shout-out to my good friend, Kevin Holbrook, winner of Tenlinks Top 5 SolidWorks Blogger Award

How to learn Fusion 360 CAM – Basic -

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“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great” – Zig Ziglar.

Sometimes things just happens for a reason. Today has to be one of those days.
Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, wrote a great article earlier today named:
How and Why We’re Building Fusion

Zig’s quote above is one of my favorites. You simply have to start! But the title of Carl’s article also holds the important keys: Why? and How. When you are trying to learn something new, you should always start with the “Why?” then you can move on to the “How”.

Most CAM videos are “How”…This one is different…
In this 5 chapter video series we are not just trying to show the “How”, but also the “Why”.

Are you ready to start with Fusion 360 CAM?
Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Getting started with the 3D Printing Utility in Fusion 360

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.
Download Autodesk MESHMIXER

Why Integrated CAM and Free 2.5 Axis Milling

“With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.” –Aristotle

Every single morning people are waking up with new ideas for greater and bigger things; things to be imagined, things to be designed and things to be created.

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Integrated CAM:
With integrated CAM you no longer sacrifice flexibility, performance and ease of use.
Integrated CAM has a continued workflow between your CAD and CAM. This assure that your designers, engineers and machinists has the best CAD tools available to design the parts, jigs and fixtures, and also has a robust CAM containing roughing and finishing strategies that assures high quality precision machined parts done right.

Free 2.5 Axis Machining:
The next generation in manufacturing is innovative problems solvers, and they demand high quality CAM tools that are also easy to use.
Why not provide a tool for everyone to see for themselves?. With full functional 2.5 Axis free downloads that show designers, engineers, and even veteran CNC programmers that integrated CAM not only makes sense, but you shouldn’t settle for anything less.

3 reasons for the Designers and Engineers.
• Seamless Workflow.
• Model Associativity.
• Managing fewer files.

3 reasons for the CNC Programmers and Machinist.
• Proven Multi-core CAM Technology.
• Adaptive Roughing Tools.
• Advanced Toolpath Strategies.

To get all above, one option is Autodesk CAM.
With Inventor HSM, Fusion 360 and HSMWorks, you have a tool that will take your design and let you create high precision parts the same day you install the software. It is simply flexible, high performance and easy to use yet powerful.

To learn more:
CAM for Inventor
CAM for SolidWorks
CAM for Fusion 360