Should you know the difference between Ordinary & Generative Design? – 2 Minute Read

“Never memorize something that you can look up.”- Albert Einstein.

 

Do you remember your childhood phone number? Most likely you do. But, what if I asked for your best friends current number? Or your brother or sister? Most of us will turn to our smartphones for that. Same thing for calendar events and driving directions. We are moving away from storing information in our head that can be accessed in a better way.

 

Ordinary vs. Generative Design.Fusion 360 Generative Design
The same is happening in the manufacturing industry. The distinction between ordinary and generative design is going to be crucially important.

 

Ordinary design is based on conveying known information to achieve a specific outcome. This is how people are designing in CAD today. You know how you want the part to look like in the end before you even start. In short, ordinary design is about creating a part to specifications that someone has decided acceptable.
Generative Design, on the other hand, is about figuring out a design that is better than the known.

 

With generative design, we only have to know the boundaries and what our design will encounter. Then, the generative technology can create multiple iterations of possible designs. Letting the designer or engineer explore and validate different designs within minutes. This is the tool to make your best design better.

 

Ordinary design maintains the status quo. You design to the best of your capabilities and experience. While, generative design involves not just what you know but also generate new information, opportunities, and more options for better results.

 

As our world is moving from a “This is how we have always done it” to a “Figure out better ways” one, it is critical to the manufacturing industry that we look for more efficient ways to design and create products.
Generative design is a way to empty the limited space in your design brain and letting technology work harder and smarter, so the result is a truly better design.

 

Want to learn more about generative design? Check out this, Rob Cohee, article Here

Don’t Worry….The 3D Printing train is NOT moving fast – 1 Minute Read

In manufacturing, there is always a fear of falling behind in technology. You better not miss that next industry trade show! Or you lose the edge on your competition on what is happing tomorrow.

Take 3D Printing….Take METAL 3D Printing!….Don’t worry…. Technology moves slow. 10 Years from now, there will still be sold more CNC Milling machines than 3D Metal printers.

Fun fact, Stratasys, one of the leaders in 3D printers has their 30th. Anniversary this year. And yet, how many companies can you name in your area who successfully are leading with 3D printing? Plastic or Metal?

It is coming, but you got plenty of time to jump on the train.

Just my two cents…

Now, Manufacturing and Facebook! That is another talk…Check out this video:

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I Don’t Donate to Checkout Charities at the Grocery Store.

It is common in the US when, in line with your basket, the cashier asks, “Shall I add a donation of a dollar for Fill-in-the-blank charity?”

 

You can’t help feeling a little captive, stuck between candy aisles and conveyor belts. So, I came up with an idea; one that works for me.

  

Instead of donating casual change when buying milk, how about adding it all up and support something I am passionate about?…Manufacturing!

  

This is super simple! One young scholar who is pursuing the trade of manufacturing. You can do it too! Check out the two-minute   

“There are no perfect charities, just as there are no perfect cars. But the imperfection of cars doesn’t keep us from buying one.” ~Seth Godin

The foundation of learning CAD – 1 Minute read

No one is spending more than 30 seconds on the foundation when looking to buy a new home. Though, Most of us understand the enormous importance of a solid structure on the ground.
It is no different when trying to learn a new CAD system. The foundation is what will make or break the life of the design.
The recipe for a house foundation is simple, dig deep enough and have the right mixture of concrete.

Here is the absolute beginner foundation for a good CAD design:
1. It starts with a 2D Sketch that then extrudes into a 3D Shape. Think to doodle on a paper napkin that then becomes alive.
2. Make sure you connect your first sketch entity to the origin. This is like nailing your part in space.
3. Always fully define your sketches, turning them from blue to black*. Dragging corners will normally help to show where you need to constrain the sketch.
If you are having trouble where to start your model process; use the manufacturing approach. Think, How would I carve the model out of a bar of soap? Simply, Start with a block of 3D mass and start cutting material away.
*Color if using Autodesk Fusion 360

Understand Smarter Toolpaths – Adaptive…

I am sorry to bring it up, but someone has to do it.
If you on a regular basis gets in contact with a CAM program or a CNC milling machine tool, you better keep reading.
They said it was for roughing and so much faster, but that was only because they did not know how to explain it to you. If you are in the game of removing metal chips, making money and at the same time take care of your endmills and machine. Then, You need to know that smarter toolpaths exist. Adaptive Clearing, Vortex, Dynamic Milling, Volumill and whatever other names the CAM companies could come up with are your answer.
If you are using any kind of professional CAM system, but still machine like it was 1996…Just watch the video…
Sincerely,
Lars
lars.christensen@autodesk.com

Standing on Shoulders of Titans Academy

Lifting the veil on a CAD/CAM Academy that has gained much support (from likes of Kennametal, Haas Automation)— and it’s as good as you thought it might be.

When passion for manufacturing and learning is in the front and the attitude for “getting things done” are rooted deep, no surprise then that the jungle drums have been beating about Titans of CNC— Academy for a while now.

Founded by Titan Gilroy, the owner of TITAN America MFG, an aerospace CNC Machine shop and Star of the television series, TITANS of CNC, The Academy is a free learning site including 2D pdf drawings, 3D Fusion 360 models, and detailed video lectures.

This is not just for school kids…However, the brilliance of designing a ten part course where every part can be cut out of the same bar of stock, and supplying the Fusion 360 Tool library with feeds, speeds, and links directly to Kennametal’s website should make any shop teacher smile. One could say this is the stepping stones for the next generation in manufacturing.

Let’s deal with the most obvious question first: It is totally free. You create an account and have access to the biggest CAD/CAM and CNC Manufacturing education program ever developed.
Titan of CNC

Manufacturing around the world has had its ups and downs. Mentoring and apprentice programs have, by many companies, been trashed for faster production of parts, either for more profit or simply for survival. The question many top machine shop owners are asking themselves “Where can I find skilled people?”
The truth is that most shops must do the work themselves. Find the young ones with the right attitude and teach them the skills.

Titan’s Academy is your resource library; Structured projects that will teach step-by-step. Everything from basic “How-To” design and model in Fusion 360 for mill, lathe and Mill/Turn.

Education…
The core of a great learning site is an ease of navigating. At the academy, everything is sorted in projects. Each project is ranked in difficulty, contains 2D pdfs and 3D Fusion 360 models followed by a video lecture showing you how to model the part in Fusion 360. These videos are between 8 to 30 minutes long and professionally produced.

Each video starts with a short introduction followed by a detailed explanation in a step-by-step format on how to access and download the 2D print. Making sure you are not lost in the process of sharpening your skills.

3D Models…
With over 100 Fusion 360 files (I stopped counting) available for download, and let me just remind you, with associated 2D pdfs. There is so much great content for you to practice your skills. It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned machinist or a newbie; here is something that can help raise your level.

Videos…
This might be the most valuable item. The academy has tutorial based videos teaching you how to setup your part on a CNC. There are CNC Tooling classes and even in-depth “How to quote jobs” and “How to build a CNC Machine Shop.”

Conclusion…
It’s clear that the Titan of CNC Academy is taking on some of the hurdles most machine shops are facing. It is peeling back the first layer and providing content to train the skills of designing parts in CAD and machining them with CAM. Even if you don’t normally use Fusion 360, you can easily transfer the learning content to other platforms. Of course, you have to ask yourself: “With a 30-day trial and already a free post processor available for your CNC machine, why not just test it out”…Remember, besides a little of your time, all of this is free.

http://academy.titansofcnc.com/

Best Way To Learn Autodesk Fusion 360

Best way to learn Fusion 360

My hero, Tony Robbins said:
“You can only learn by connecting something unknown to something you already know.”

Trying to learn a new CAD/CAM software can be painful, especially if you have no idea where to find someone to connect the unknown to the known.

Now, there is a place for Fusion 360 users to close the gap between the unknown and known… The Getting Started Portal:
https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/get-started

I can still remember that Saturday afternoon in 2007. After hours of fighting, frustrated, confused and defeated, I drove to the book store and bought SolidWorks for Dummies…Man, did I feel dumb that day.

2007 was a long time ago, and yes, I still feel frustrated when learning new software. But luckily for you and me, when it comes to Fusion 360, the new Getting started With Fusion 360 takes the feeling dumb out of the picture.

Remember…
Remember, all you need is a good strategy to get a handle on Fusion 360. And, a strategy is nothing but a way to organize your resources. That is what this is.

What is it?
This is your Fusion 360 specialists, call them professors if you like, providing you with the best-structured learning site for Fusion 360.

Why use it?

One place of Fusion 360 learning content that will constantly be updated and expanded…bigger is better!

What can you gain?
You will for sure leave the Getting Started with Fusion 360 a lot more confident in your modeling skills…if not, beers on me.

How does it work?
It is easy; it is free. You simply click on the path that excites you the most. And, the distance from unknown to known just got a lot smaller.

Conclusion…
Yes, I think YouTube is great, but nothing replaces a structured learning path. This learning site has the resources you need in an organized fashion; a place you can start out, and come to for continued learning. Like I said, it is free…Check it out:
https://www.autodesk.com/products/fusion-360/get-started

Why Should Small-Midsize Manufacturing Be On Social Media— Haas Demo Day 2017

Why Manufacturing should be on social media

Your current customers, future prospects, and possible dream hire are on social media.
You have an opportunity today, to create REAL Awayness and REAL Brand for your small to mid-size manufacturing company.
It is free and everyone, even grandma are there.

This is easy. You Google “How to setup a Facebook fan-page” and have something great in less than sixty minutes. And, Yes, it is totally FREE.

Keeping up with technology
Show your current customers and future prospect that you are keeping up on technology when you are unwrapping new and exciting equipment.

When the company buys lunch
Show you next dream hire that you are a company that cares about their employee’s

lunch brought in

Create Awareness and Brand
Show the world who you really are:
Mold coming together

Check out this presentation from Haas Demo Days 2017 at Nymat in Fairport NY.

Job Shops— How About Working With An Autodesk Expert Before You Buy CAD/CAM Software?

Many will tell you that Fusion 360 is not only the latest CAD/CAM on the market but also very different…For example, different that the initial sale is not important; What is, is that you SUCCEED in using the software and continue to be successful using it.

I still remember the Saturday afternoon when in frustration I throw my arms in the air and with tears in my eyes drove to Barnes&Noble to purchase SolidWorks for Dummies…What a defeat. That was when I realized that CAD & CAM software is complicated, and asking someone to just figure it out on their own is a ridiculous ask.

So if you are a Job Shop, click HERE for your invite to the webinar on Thursday, May 4th. I want to show you the the software and schedule your personal time with the Autodesk Adoption Team. Real Experts ready to support you from the beginning.

Connect Design to Machining— Once Difficult, Now Easy

Connect Design to Machining
Could you imagine the design and manufacturing team work in a connected, collaborate environment? Be on the same page as the design goes through design changes, and you would not have to worry when CNC toolpaths need updates?
It’s called Connect Design to Machining— Once Difficult, Now Easy…

There is no reason to argue the phrase “Because that is the way we have always done it…” is the stupidest reason for doing anything. However, the reason people are still holding on to this behavior is that of distrust and lack of confidence.

I know that there have been times where I decided to start all over and completely re-program a part when faced with a few design changes. This is happens when there is a disconnect between design and machining.

One question could be: is the CAM system older than the CNC programmer himself? The software is simply not up to today’s standards. Another: are the design changes not communicated clearly enough? CNC Programmers demand clarity! Both scenarios are too risky to gamble when your job could depend on getting the part right.

Connect Design to Machining 2D

Take a look at the new, full-blown CAD/CAM system: Fusion 360 from Autodesk; this is the manufacturing software that will take you to the Future of Making Things.

First and most important, the magic of having your toolpaths connected directly to the same geometry the designer used to create the part. No disconnect and no invading each other’s spaces. It is simple: the design updates, the toolpaths are flagged, and the CNC programmer can update with a click of a button.

No need to send files by email, convert your data into other formats or ask people to download viewers. From within Fusion, you can share your design by using nothing other than their email address. They can view, measure and make markups in their web browser. And, don’t worry about platforms—This runs on Windows, Linux, Mac, even on mobile devices.

We have never been busier in the manufacturing world. Design changes are more frequently, as no one has the time to sit down and double check anything. You need to have a design and manufacturing package that can be flexible and help to keep track of things.

You costumers will demand that you can handle change. Within Fusion 360, everything is version-controlled in the background, so everyone can go back and forward between design changes. Your manufacturing department doesn’t have to stall, since there are no trust and confidence issues, as the design is connected directly to the machining toolpaths.
To put it simply: more money can now be made.

Check out this video:

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Want to learn more about Fusion 360? Check out this link:
http://autode.sk/2bZypPp