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Biggest Manufacturing Event in North America – 1 minute read

Have you booked your hotel yet? What?!?!

IMTS in Chicago is about ten weeks away; I might have promised to buy you a drink in one of my videos, so make sure you reach out and get your name on that list 🙂

Besides that I need to bring my wallet for your drink, what else is worth for you to check out:

Autodesk is serving up a few products you should make sure you take a look at:

1. Fusion Production, this is the latest in scheduling software that will keep track as work as it passes through the shop

2. PowerMill is not just your five-axis powerhouse, did you know it also has Additive toolpath functions?

3. While we enjoy that drink, we need to talk about how you can use Generative Design within Fusion 360 can make your design life easier

It will, as always be an awesome show! I am looking forward to shaking your hand! And in the meantime, check out this video I did on Fusion Production. Tell me if that doesn’t excite you:

https://youtu.be/jxwkG42Kubg?list=PLDuUAqDYm_rYjEo3PaMRukiWkCk5Iuj_g

 

Understand Generative Design – 1 minute read

To make you comfortable: If you know Inventor, Fusion 360, SolidWorks or any of the other mainstream CAD packages, you know that everything starts with a 2D sketch that then gets extruded into a 3D shape. And, with enough practice, you can model just about anything you want, as long as you know what the best design will look like.

To make you even more comfortable: Generative Design is super easy to use, AND it does not care if you dont know what the best design should look like. You tell it the problem you need to solve, and then Generative Design will provide you with a number of design solutions so you can explorer different and better options.

This video will show you the steps so you can understand what Generative Design does…If not, well then please let me know…Have an awesome day! Best, Lars

Don’t Trade Your Bandsaw For a Metal 3D Printer- 1 Minute Read

Metalworking equipment,semi-auto bandsaw machine

Most of us believe that new technology replaces old. New CNC machine in, old Bridgeport out. But did you know that your old dusty bandsaw might become one of your most valuable machines next to a Metal 3D Printer? I did not.

I never realized how dependent Metal 3D Printing is on old technology. For example, Powder Metal 3D Printers are welding the part directly to the build plate. That means that in most cases you need a bandsaw or the more expensive Wire EDM process to separate the two. And, with the bandsaw method, I believe most of us can agree that a cleanup pass on the CNC or Bridgeport most likely is necessary.

This brings up another question: how are you going to hold onto the part for that cleanup pass? Most 3D Printed parts aren’t prismatic at all, rather the opposite. That question is for another day.

Of course, it is not only Metal 3D Printing that has to mix old vs. new technology. Take for example last week’s eye-opener:

Should You Know The Difference Between Ordinary & Generative Design? – 2 Minute read

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

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.

Is CAD in the cloud helpful or painful?

Fusion 360 Simulation
Is new software technology helpful or painful? What does Windows 10 do that Windows XP didn’t? Any notable differences with your email? Back in the day you might have had a custom “Biiing…” for new messages; today I only check email twice daily. — Email overload — that has changed, the tool in itself, not so much.

CAD software is just another tool. Today’s CAD Developers need to look beyond the latest technology and more at how people are using it. It is not about how many new functions you can fit in there. We do not have time for the latest technology if it is not helping. More can be painful.

CAD in the cloud: is it painful or helpful? If CAD is just another tool we are using to get to the final result, there should only be one question; does it really fit?

An example: My father-in-law recently consulted me as he was looking to buy a new computer. He was debating: laptop or desktop? What would be your recommendation? He told me that he had no interest sitting anywhere else than at his desk — get a desktop —because it fits.

Should your design software be in the cloud? Where are you going to use it, where does it fit? There are benefits to the cloud, but nothing is new. We store data on the cloud and share it with others (Dropbox-style). The cloud is also really good for communication; think emails, instant messages and Facebook.

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 is flexible. It will run locally, and connected to the cloud; making it possible for you to get your work done anywhere. You do not want to tell your boss that a project is late because your Wi-Fi connection went down. Another problem I have had is being at a customer’s location; you cannot control their Wi-Fi and firewall nightmares.

Yes, connection to the cloud does have advantages. Fusion connects with A360. This is a cozy cloud corner, where you can store your data and quickly share, collaborate and connect with your customers and team members.

So why do I think Autodesk’s Fusion 360 is a helpful design and manufacturing package? It starts with the basis of being one solution that can do many things. Up until now, design and manufacturing users have had to jump between too many tools to get the job done. Too many tools, too many vendors, too much confusion…Painful.

Fusion is $300 a year, less than most monthly car payments. Running on your Windows or Mac. Letting you store data and collaborate on the cloud. It uses the latest in CAD. It includes Simulation tools to get you instant design feedback. And, full 3D CAM that will let you generate the NC code to make your finished product.

Autodesk’s Fusion 360 is not a result of developers playing with technology. It is a tool created to be helpful getting design and manufacturing to a finished product — It is the future of making things —It fits.

Podcast Episode 11 – Quick CAD Tip, 7 Skills Needed to be a top engineer & CAD News


Listen to the Podcast!
Quick CAD Tip, 7 skills needed to be… & CAD News!
Show notes:
CAD Tip: Start your CAD Design the right way
7 Skills Needed to Be a Top Engineer
CAD Professional’s Guide to Lightning-Fast R&D
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MakerBot opened its new, 170,000-square-foot factory
Massive Investment in GM Arlington Assembly Plant
Delcam Appoints Charles Jones as Industry Marketing Manager
BobCAD-CAM Releases v28 CAD-CAM Series
Develop3D Summer magazine
What you need to know about upgrading to Windows 10
How Fast Can A Ferrari Go On Autobahn? This Video Has The Answer