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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!!

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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 – 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

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How to learn Fusion 360 CAM – Basic -

Fusion 360 CAM cadcamstuff
“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

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Autodesk adds 5-Axis CAM into Inventor

Autodesk creates a Powerful CAD/CAM Bundle

5-AXIS INVENTOR HSM PRO

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.
Inventor HSM Pro Adaptive Milling
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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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

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Welcome to Autodesk University Day -1(The day before the day)

People are streaming to Las Vegas for one of the hottest event of the year, Autodesk University.
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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.
Hanging the glider
CAM Booth
5 Axis
Bike stand
Bike with Banner
Autodesk CAM
Cool Car
Hope to see you tomorrow!