Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cool source for Fusion 360 Training

This is something that is pretty cool and is available through iTunes University.
If you have ever wondered if there is any training material for Fusion 360 online then look no further than the iTunes University.  Here there are lots of tutorials and guides to help you learn the modeling methodology in Fusion.
It is a free resource so if you want to check it out please do because there is some awesome material in there! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Soft Jaw and Stock solids for Fusion

So, I am posting this on here because I had the addin available on the autodesk app exchange.  I have been getting a few questions through youtube and through other contacts at Autodesk so thought i would post a link in my Fusion scripts page and here for the download location.
Below is a video showing what the app does for CAM users.

This app only covers first operation, and doesn't cover the second opp type situations.
If you have any questions please comment on this post and i would be happy to answer.

Thank you and hope you enjoy!

Link to download of the Soft Jaw and Stock Solid App: http://bit.ly/2lp1Hdu

Friday, December 16, 2016

Basic speed and feed calculator

****Disclaimer on this one***
numbers given by the calculator are suggestion only...please verify values and everything before actually running on machine!!

whew...now that the disclaimer is out of the way...

Hello!  I have posted a new script for Fusion users.  Today's script is giving the ability to have a speed and feed calculator in Fusion to help guide people to numbers needs to have proper spindle speed, cutting feedrate, chip load, surface footage and so forth.

See image below to reference which values can be changed for calculation purposes:

I realized last time that people may not know where to put these script files.  So, later i will be posting a quick video on my youtube page to show how to load these scripts into Fusion!

For the download link to the calculator please visit my Fusion Scripts page!

Happy programming!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Putting toolpaths on a sheetmetal part in Inventor

"How do i take this sheetmetal part, flatten it and put some toolpaths on it to send to my machine?"

Have you ever asked this question when using Inventor and HSM?  Well, today we will look at how to do this.

Now, you might think...man it can't be that hard; just hit the flat pattern button and start programming.  This process doesn't work because by clicking the flat pattern button you are basically just creating an imagine of the part flattened and doesn't offer an actual solid body to program from.
So we say...

NO to Flat Pattern!

Instead what we will use are the Unfold and Refold operations.

Let's start with Unfold:
click on the button to start it.
First we pick the face that we would want to stay stationary and everything unfolds from this.
next, (red arrow) we pick the all bends button.
Then click the OK button.

Now, at this point you can create a setup and program toolpaths and post code.  once you are done click the button for Refold.
you will follow the same steps as you did with the unfold picking the stationary face and then all bends.  if you add cut features be sure to add above the unfold so that when you need to update the toolpaths you can just drag the end of part under the unfold and update toolpaths or add new ones and then repost out code.

Hope this is helpful!
Happy Programming!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Fusion Scripts page Now up!

okay, so this post I am taking a break from the post processor series to bring you something new for the Fusion 360 CAM users out there.

I don't know how many of you know that there is CAM API in Fusion.  It is constantly getting new capabilities in it to enhance the user experience of the api.  So, I am going to be developing scripts for Fusion 360 utilizing the CAM api and will be posting links to those scripts so that everyone can have access to these.

The first one has been posted up on the page and i will be adding a "how to" video on how to use the script.

Fusion Scripts Page

later there will be posts on how to customize this script to meet your needs as an end user for the post processor selection.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Importing 2D CAD data pt.2 (Inventor AnyCAD feature)

Okay, so this one has been a long time over due, but here we go.
A while back we covered importing 2D CAD data into Autodesk Inventor the legacy route; where you import it while in a sketch and all the geometry comes in as one sketch and you lose that link between it and the CAD file.
So, let's look at how we can do this the new and improved route.

In Inventor start a new part file; then click the "Import" button.

then path to the Autocad file that you are wanting to import for use.  Once you have selected the dtawing file select a reference plane for the sketch.

then select the center point for the 0,0 point of the autocad file.

Once you have done this then it will place the dwg file as reference into your part file.
Now, from here you can create a sketch and start projecting the Autocad geometry to create a solid part.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

NC editor for the MAC users (currently 3 axis sim limit)...

This post is a follow up to the one from last week.  The NC Editor that i had talked about in the last post was for PC users...but, what about our MAC users out there.  Well, don't fear!  Thanks to a good friend challenging me; I found an NC Editor for you MAC users...luckily it is free as well!


It will work the same way as i laid it out in the last post where once you have it installed.  Assign it in the preferences for you default NC Editor program.  And make sure that you are selecting the executable as well for that default file selection in the preferences.

(edited 4/17/2017)
A good friend brought to my attention that the g-code wizard editor from cnccookbook is MAC compatible as well.  This will be a program that you will have to pay for, but from the features i have seen it will be well worth the money.  Below is the link to the trial download:

G-code Wizard Editor

Happy programming!