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!

Monday, October 10, 2016

NC Editor for Fusion NC Editor that is free!

So, here is a quick tip to start your Monday morning off with Fusion CAM.

With Fusion 360 CAM when you post code out it goes to the brackets software which is great for text editing.  But, what if you wanted an actual NC Editor to post your code into?  Well, you can have one and it is free!  NC Corrector is the program for you! (thank you to Daniel Lyall for showing this one in the Fusion 360 Forum)

NC Corrector Link:  click here

Once this is downloaded Here are the steps to setup the NC Corrector as your default Editor.

1. go to the Preferences page:

2. Go to the CAM portion under the General group and then hit the browse button by External Editor:

3.  Find the executable file for the NC Corrector software.  I put mine on my D drive:

once you select it and hit Open on the file dialog.  Click Ok on the preferences dialog and then next time you post code it will post into and open the NC Corrector software.