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CAD Tip: Where do you locate your CAD Origin?

If ever taken a CAD class; you normally get told that your first sketch geometry should be connected with the origin. This results that the origin many times gets located in a corner. Is there a better way?

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Autodesk CAM Continuously Making HSMWorks Better

HSMWorks 2015

The Autodesk CAM development team has served up six development builds since the release of HSMWorks 2015 R2 back in March. Adding them all up it comes to over 50 new features, improvements and fixes.

Some examples include continued improvements to the free post directory, including a CAMplete APT and post for my new favorite Haas UMC-750. Also, rest machining has improved for both Milling and Turning. Further, there are new Simulation updates, making sure you can see what is going to happen before hitting Cycle Start.

Looking for a toolpath of a racecar? They have also worked hard on updates for Adaptive Clearing, a toolpath strategy you could never live without. This is the stuff that fills your CNC machinist heart with love.

One highlight is the Silhouette Feature. Check out this short video from Product Manager, Al Whatmough:

Did you know Autodesk CAM shows the list of the development history right on the website? Check it out here:
Now go update and create!

CAD Tip: Start your CAD Design the right way

For some reason we have no patience with getting lines and arcs created on our CAD system. Many times resulting in going down the wrong path with our design. Resulting in recreating way to many things. This week’s tip is to slow down and maybe make sure you think through a few questions before drawing your first lines.

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Podcast Episode 10 – Quick & Dirty Tip, A National Test for Manufacturing & CAD News


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Quick & Dirty Tip, A National Test for Manufacturing… & CAD News!

Show notes:
20 Google search tips
How good are your CAM skills? A National Test will find out
Welcome the AutodeskAEC podcast channel
Lawsuit against 3D Systems
Lawsuit against Makerbot
Makerbot at Sams Club
Autodesk’s update/upgrade to Fusion360
SolidWorks 2015 Service Pack 4.0 is available.
CAMWorks 2015 for Solid Edge ST8 is available.

Other news that did not make it:
Why the apple watch is flopping
How does a driverless car see the road
Here’s how the internet has almost run out of space
In-house manufacturing of the machined direct-drive drum pedal

How to Tell if Nastran Simulation is For You

Does it make sense to stuff more power into your existing CAD tool? Most people will answer yes if it will make their design life easier.
Autodesk Nastran
Take Autodesk’s Nastran Simulation software that runs inside Inventor and SolidWorks. You get the most trusted industry simulation brain right inside two of the most powerful CAD packages. If your designs live outside a box of bubble wrap, Nastran can save you from re-designs caused by product failure in the field. You can, with a few mouse clicks, get a picture of how your designs react to things like temperature, loads, twisting and everyday usage. It’s much better than the old trick of over-designing: beef up material, and then take a hit on cost and weight.

The fear most people have is learning a new piece of software. I have to admit that I was a little scared when asked to learn simulation. You are not going to find any Ph.Ds in my family tree. Lucky for me and other former C-grade students, the simulation software is in many ways easier than CAD software you are using today. You are really just following the same dance steps every time. Pick material, how everything is being assembled, and where the forces are applied.
Check out this great video where my friend, Jim Byrne, gives an excellent example of the power of Nastran In-CAD.

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3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV5)

A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier

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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

3 Quick HSMWorks Tips (REV4)

A few HSMWorks tips that might make you CAM life even easier

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Podcast Episode 5 – The Advantage of a great Design, Engineering or manufacturing team and some Engineering News


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The Advantage of a great Design, Engineering or manufacturing team and some Engineering News

Show Notes:
Looking for some fun, check out Autodesk’s 123D Sculpt

Looking for The Advantage of great Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Teams? Blog post here
Tenlinks, Autodesk University 2014 Best of show

Podcast Episode 3 – What happened at Autodesk University and Manufacturing News You Want to Know About


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What happened at Autodesk University and Manufacturing News You Want to Know About!

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Autodesk University
Education
A360
Subscription
Inventor HSM Pro

Manufacturing News
Lenovo Thinkpad W550
Mastercam X8
Delcam Partmaker 2015