Paul Munford

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I firmly believe that your CAD software shouldn't limit your creativity or productivity. I love helping people realise their amazing ideas by getting them over the CAD learning hump.
I am pragmatic and business focused. No CAD work should take any longer than it really has too, and all CAD work should benefit its end customer.
I enjoy helping customers to get the best out of their Investment in their Autodesk software by helping them to map, optimise and automate their workflow.
Paul Munford

How Do I Sign Up For Autodesk Fusion 360?

How Do I Sign Up For Autodesk Fusion 360?
Autodesk Fusion 360 is available to download as a free 30 day trial, there is a button to download the installer further on in this blog post. At the end of you trail period, Fusion 360 standard continues to be free for students, start-ups and hobbyists. Non-profits and businesses turning over less than $100k per year can continue to use Fusion 360 standard for Free. Autodesk Fusion 360 Standard a...
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Fusion 360 Document Management And Design Collaboration

Fusion 360 Document Management And Design Collaboration
How do you collaborate on your 3D CAD models? Back in the good ‘ol days collaboration was easy. The design office was a sea of drawing boards. Anyone wanting to see progress on a project could simply walk up and down the design office, peeking over the drafter’s shoulders. But, with the advantages of CAD there are some limitations. The computer becomes a black box. We have lost the ability to gai...
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Autodesk Fusion 360 – Concept Design And 3D Modelling.

Autodesk Fusion 360 – Concept Design And 3D Modelling.
Imagine that you got to completely re-design your CAD system from scratch? What form of 3D modelling would you choose? Parametric or Direct? Solids or surfaces? Top down or Bottom up? I’m guessing that you wouldn’t choose any of these, you just want to complete your work using which ever method is best at the time! Autodesk Fusion 360 – a Fusion of modelling techniques. The lucky team at Auto...
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W4I Integration with Vault & ERP

W4I Integration with Vault & ERP
Woodwork for Inventor integrates seamlessly with Autodesk Vault for Data management and ERP. Click this link for an overview of Woodwork for Inventor. A wise man once said:‘If you haven’t installed Vault. You’ve only installed half the software’ The trouble with any project is that it just never stands still... The customer changes their mind, suppliers change their stock, the conditions on site c...
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W4I Export to Sheet Optimisation

W4I Export to Sheet Optimisation
Woodwork for Inventor supports the exchange of data with panel optimisation software. Click this link for an overview of Woodwork for Inventor. When we are building high quality furniture from rare and expensive hardwoods, we don’t want to throw away our money in scrap! A big challenge too many woodworkers is correctly quantifying the amount of board material we need to procure to complete our pro...
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AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite - AnyCAD 2D DWG Underlay

AutoCAD Inventor LT Suite - AnyCAD 2D DWG Underlay
We all love drafting in AutoCAD, and we don’t want to give it up – even when the items we are drawing become more challenging. What if I told you that you could keep your 2D AutoCAD DWG files, and reference them into Autodesk Inventor as the start of a 3D model? What if I told you that the link inside Inventor to the AutoCAD DWG file is LIVE! That’s right – any update you make to the AutoCAD file,...
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Wood Cad Cam and Furniture Design Software

Wood Cad Cam and Furniture Design Software
Woodwork for Inventor (W4I with CAM) includes tools to automatically generate CNC code directly from your Inventor models! Yes that's right, Automatic CNC tool path generation for furniture design! A great deal of CNC programming for Joinery and cabinet making is straightforward. Machining holes in panels isn’t complicated, the trouble is that we have so many panels to do! Unfortunately even ‘Stan...
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Materials Library for Woodwork Designers

material library for woodwork screengrabWoodwork for Inventor comes with an extensive library of intelligent materials including a range of high pressure laminates, veneers and paper films for example.Wood is a beautiful natural material. The problem with including wood materials in your 3D CAD model is that they can look great – or terrible! There is no in between…Figure 1 Materials are added as meta-data so you don't have to model all...
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Autodesk Inventor Tip - Section Cut-Away Views in Rendered Images

Autodesk Inventor Tip - Section Cut-Away Views in Rendered Images
In this post you’ll learn a quick tip to cut a section out of your Autodesk Inventor Assembly model in order to show the internal components. Figure 1 We can use this view for a rendered image, either from a screen shot or in the Autodesk Inventor Rendering Studio. There are a couple of different ways that we could do this. The method we will learn in this post uses a Shrinkwrap Substitute level ...
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Woodwork For Inventor Hardware Library

Woodwork For Inventor Hardware Library
Woodwork for Inventor (W4I) comes with a library of 3D hardware models that represents more than 200 hours of modelling time that YOU won’t have to do to get started with W4I. One of the most time consuming tasks in 3D modelling furniture for production is the placement of mating holes across components. Creating a through hole in a cabinet side, then a pilot hole in the adjoin panel is time cons...
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