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Podcast Episode 9 – Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, The design of your world is changing… & CAD News.


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Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, The design of your world is changing… & CAD News!

Show notes:
Quick Inventor Tip : Clean screen & View cube
The design of your world is changing, are you going to change with it?
EASTEC Promo code :ETINVITE May 12 – May 15.
Fusion 360 Live Classroom: Make it with CAM with Lars!
PROCAD V2016 Relased
Autodesk Project Scorch extended
Airbus uses Stratasys parts
3D Printed Metal Pricing Analysis

Quick Inventor Tip: Direct editing

A quick Inventor tip that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

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Look behind the curtain of upcoming Inventor HSM and Fusion 360 CAM releases

When your priority is keeping CNC machines removing metal, creating high quality parts, and do so fast, you need great CAM software. The CAM tool will help take the design on 2D print or on the screen and generate code that in the end will make the machine run. When my task was to keep half a dozen CNC machines busy 24/7, I was always looking to be part of beta testing of upcoming CAM releases. This would give me chance to see what development was working before the annual software release.
Today we can do better than secret beta testing clubs. One thing that makes the Autodesk CAM development team stand out, is continued updates, willingness to listen, and helping users on the camforum.autodesk.com
To top that of here is a couple of videos on what is being worked on right now…

Podcast Episode 8 – Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, 3DConnexion Cadmouse & CAD News.


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Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, 3DConnexion Cadmouse & CAD News!
Show notes:
Quick Inventor Tip : Make your part look good
3DConnexion created a true CADMouse, is it worth it?
Engineering.com and TenLinks merge operations
How to password protect Autocad drawing
Tooling up for challenging cuts
Fusion 360 Classrom: Make it with CAM with Lars

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.

Quick Inventor Tip: Faster Edits with Assembly Express Mode

A quick Inventor tip that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

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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.)

Inventor HSM 2016 can Increase Your Productivity

Autodesk Train
It gets exciting when the Autodesk train arrives. The cargo is the 2016 release of Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, Simulation capabilities and Autodesk Inventor HSM, the fully integrated CAM solution that runs inside Inventor. If you are in the business of making things, this is the tools and applications for getting things done in the world of manufacturing.
Inventor HSM 2016 Turning
Inventor HSM 2016…
At the end of 2014 the developing team added 5-axis to the existing CAM family of 2.5D and advanced 3D that includes 5-axis tilt. For the 2016 release they have incorporated all the traditional turning operations.
Turning operations: Roughing, profiling, facing, grooving, threading, parting and stock transfer. This in addition to some of the best simulation capabilities and of course the continued support for free post processors.

Running inside Inventor, Inventor HSM results in the most integrated, high quality, ease-of-use CAD/CAM package available.
Autodesk CAM’s 2.5D Milling is free and 3D, 5D and turning can all be downloaded for 30 day trials here.

Check out this video…

Quick Inventor Tip : Sketch Tips

A Quick Inventor Tip that may possible be helpful kick starting your 3D day.

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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!!