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Better CAD for CAM from Autodesk University
Dec 16, 2015
Last week I got to do two presentation at Autodesk University. It was a blast! Link Here is one of the tips from the "Better CAD for CAM" Presentation. If you want to watch both presentations (about 1 hour a piece) check out these links from Autodesk University: Better CAD for CAM Are you ready to [… [more...
Advanced Manufacturing is On Top at Autodesk University Next Week
Nov 24, 2015
We are one week away from one of the biggest design and manufacturing events of the year. Autodesk are inviting all its customers to come and network, deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills. This event has a long list of manufacturing roundtables discussion, labs, and presentations. Here is everything for any manufacturing junkie: [… [more...
Autodesk releasing HSMWorks 2016 for SOLIDWORKS
Nov 10, 2015
Time to strengthen up your CNC toolkit. SOLIDWORKS 2016 is here for the design. To make it better, here is HSMWorks 2016 for manufacturing. The standard for CAM companies is one major release a year. But, the Autodesk CAM development team sends updates out all the time; One of my favorite things. Making technology available [… [more...
CAD Tip: What you need to know about IGES and STEP files
Nov 5, 2015
Two CAD Tips this week! One might be the best tip I ever share; Round tripping your CAD files for better import! Also sharing some background information on IGES and STEP files I think you will totally love. Let me know what you think. Love your feedback [more...
Is CAD in the cloud helpful or painful?
Oct 26, 2015
Is new software technology helpful or painful? What does Windows 10 do that Windows XP didnt? 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 [… [more...
CAD Tip: Model with All Features!
Oct 22, 2015
Great tip from @robcohee from twitter: Model the same part using different techniques. Extrude, Revolve, Sweep and Loft. Let me know what you think. Love your feedback [more...
Get going with CAM in Fusion 360 with Quick bite size Tutorials
Oct 19, 2015
If you are looking for the quick "How-To" on getting going with CAM within Fusion 360 this should be your answer. It still amazes me what you get in the Fusion 360 package, and being a manufacturing junkie, CAM is a favorite. Just to be clear, you get Turning, indexing, and full 3 Axis milling; [… [more...
Autodesk's HSM: Easy to use, Powerful & Free!
Sep 23, 2015
There is a CAM product that is easy to use. Making the move from programming your CNC machine by hand, or struggling with a CAM program that is difficult to use should not be a hard decision. Autodesk's HSM runs inside SolidWorks and Inventor; giving you the best CAD/CAM, and you will like that the [… [more...
Learn HSMWorks Faster with Bite-size Tutorials
Aug 12, 2015
Learning new software can be confusing and frustrating, but I think you will find HSMWorks the easiest CAM you will ever use. Installing the software and get up and running takes minutes, and you will find yourself ready to program your first part in no time. If you don't have HSMWorks, download your free CAM [… [more...
CAD Tip: Where do you locate your CAD Origin?
Aug 4, 2015
If ever taken a CAD class; you normally get told that your first sketch geometry should be connected with the origin. This results that the origin many times gets located in a corner. Is there a better way? Link to video [more...
Autodesk CAM Continuously Making HSMWorks Better
Aug 2, 2015
The Autodesk CAM development team has served up six development builds since the release of HSMWorks 2015 R2 back in March. Adding them all up it comes to over 50 new features, improvements and fixes. Some examples include continued improvements to the free post directory, including a CAMplete APT and post for my new favorite [… [more...
CAD Tip: Start your CAD Design the right way
Jul 27, 2015
For some reason we have no patience with getting lines and arcs created on our CAD system. Many times resulting in going down the wrong path with our design. Resulting in recreating way to many things. This week's tip is to slow down and maybe make sure you think through a few questions before drawing [… [more...
Learning Inventor HSM in bite size
Jul 20, 2015
I don't like learning new software; too many times I find myself confused and frustrated. After what seems like hours, I finally bow my head and Google "How to learn…" What I have realized is that I'm not always looking for the same type of help. Sometimes I'm looking for "why"-type help and other times [… [more...
Podcast Episode 10 - Quick & Dirty Tip, A National Test for Manufacturing & CAD News
Jul 14, 2015
Listen to the Podcast! Quick & Dirty Tip, A National Test for Manufacturing… & CAD News! Show notes: 20 Google search tips How good are your CAM skills? A National Test will find out Welcome the AutodeskAEC podcast channel Lawsuit against 3D Systems Lawsuit against Makerbot Makerbot at Sams Club Autodesk's update/upgrade to Fusion360 SolidWorks [… [more...
3 Reasons that Autodesk has Become the Manufacturing Leader
Jul 9, 2015
One of the more interesting questions is; how has Autodesk developed to become the leader of manufacturing? For those unfamiliar with Autodesk, the company's rise and current leadership developing design and engineering software has improved the technical tools and helped manufacturing. Most people who are in the business of manufacturing know Autodesk created the groundbreaking [… [more...
How to learn Inventor HSM - Basic -
Jun 23, 2015
You dont have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great Zig Ziglar. A few months ago I wrote a blog post with the same title, except it was about CAM inside Autodesk's Fusion 360, not Inventor HSM. The 5 part video series is blowing up my view count [… [more...
How to Tell if Nastran Simulation is For You
May 20, 2015
Does it make sense to stuff more power into your existing CAD tool? Most people will answer yes if it will make their design life easier. Take Autodesk's Nastran Simulation software that runs inside Inventor and SolidWorks. You get the most trusted industry simulation brain right inside two of the most powerful CAD packages. If [… [more...
Podcast Episode 8 - Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, 3DConnexion Cadmouse & CAD News.
Apr 28, 2015
Listen to the Podcast! Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, 3DConnexion Cadmouse & CAD News! Show notes: Quick Inventor Tip : Make your part look good 3DConnexion created a true CADMouse, is it worth it? Engineering.com and TenLinks merge operations How to password protect Autocad drawing Tooling up for challenging cuts Fusion 360 Classrom: Make it [… [more...
Fusion 360: Make it with CAM with Lars!
Apr 27, 2015
Fusion 360 CAD/CAM lives in the spotlight of Autodesk's slogan "The future of making things". But what if the "future" ambushes you while sipping your morning coffee, busy catching up on yesterday's news? Thisdesign, engineer, fabricationtool will bring you the future, today. Beginning with CAD that creates form, features and drawings, and in the end [… [more...
Podcast Episode 7 - Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, Autodesk Subscription & CAD News.
Apr 21, 2015
Listen to the Podcast! Quick & Dirty Inventor Tip, Autodesk Subscription & CAD News! Show notes: Quick Inventor Tip : Parameters & Equations Autodesk Subscription licensing Autodesk launch design Suite package for manufacturing DEVELOP3D LIVE - Carl Bass DP Technology releasing Esprit 2015 Fusion 360 CAM Webinar Inventor HSM Webinar on Engineering.com (9am. EST.) Inventor [… [more...
Autodesk releases Inventor HSM 2016
Apr 14, 2015
It gets exciting when the Autodesk train arrives. The cargo is the 2016 release of Autodesk Product Design Suite, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, Simulation capabilities and Autodesk Inventor HSM, the fully integrated CAM solution that runs inside Inventor. If you are in the business of making things, this is the tools and applications for getting [… [more...
Apr 6, 2015
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3Dconnexion created a true CadMouse, is it worth it?
Mar 26, 2015
If you search "computer mouse" on Amazon, you end up with a search result a hair over 51,000. Now, we all know that half could be trash, so adding a few key words, such as "programmable" and "Scroll wheel" you get a more comfortable number. Thinking that we all expect to get what we pay [… [more...
Outstanding Autodesk Fusion 360 Update
Mar 17, 2015
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 [… [more...
How and Why: Autodesk Desktop Subscription Licenses
Mar 12, 2015
Where are you now… This is important! Autodesk has drawn the line in the sand, February 1st. 2016 and Autodesk as the first major CAD software company does not sell standard perpetual licenses unless you buy one of the Suites. Perpetual license means that you purchase the right to use the software, and then can [… [more...