Thursday, August 13, 2015

Setting up an External NC Editor for Fusion

Out of the box we know that Fusion doesn't have an actual, but what a lot of people may not know is that you can get Fusion to open automatically in an external editor.  Now, you may be asking how do i get an NC Editor that i can launch the code in?  Easy, you know the 2.5 axis software for Inventor HSM?  That's how you can get an editor to post to.
So, let's start with downloading Inventor HSM Express (sorry may get hit with a bunch of form submissions). (and if you need it here is a link to the download
Once downloaded install the software and then we can get down to business with setting up the external NC Editor.  Side note: if you have HSMWorks then the same concept works; you will just need to find the HSMWorks folder with the editor.

Inside of Fusion; hit the pulldown under your name and click on preferences.

In the preferences under General pick on the CAM selection.

Now, on the CAM selection the very top option is for an External Editor, pick on the button to the right of the text box as seen in image.

this opens a dialog box that allows you to path to an executable file (in our case the HSM Editor that was installed with the express software).  Here is the path that will take you to the executable: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor HSM 2016\Editor
The one thing that I am not sure of is the "Inventor HSM 2016" file might have express on it, but not particularly sure on that one.
Anyways, once you find that Editor folder pick on the InventorHSMEdit.exe and pick the Open button.

Hit OK on the Preferences dialog box and post away; now when you post you will get the NC Editor rather than the Brackets program.

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