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

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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Furniture Design Software for Inventor

Furniture Design Software for Inventor
In the first of this series of posts we’ll be looking at intelligent design in the woodworking, cabinet design and furniture manufacturing sector and introduce you to Furniture Design software that accelerates design and manufacturing processes, improves productivity and helps improve bottom line profitability for furniture makers and associated joinery manufacturers. As companies move beyond the...
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Autodesk Inventor 2017 What's New? Mesh Support!

Autodesk Inventor 2017 What's New? Mesh Support!
New in Autodesk Inventor 2017, Awesome Mesh support! Autodesk Inventor 2017 enables end to end round tripping of scanned to 3D printed data by enabling Mesh based models. Autodesk Inventor 2017 brings new features for those of us interested in working with scanned data or 3D printed files in the form of its new Mesh file modelling tools. We can now import 3D .OBJ mesh files directly into inventor ...
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Autodesk Inventor 2017 What’s New? AnyCAD!

Autodesk Inventor 2017 What’s New? AnyCAD!
Further improvements to Autodesk Inventor AnyCAD - file interoperability toolset. Come on now, be honest with me. Between you and me, have you ever received a CAD model that is just what you need, but has been modelled in one of our competitor’s products? Its ok, we don’t mind – Really we don’t! Interoperability has long been a bone of contention between CAD vendors, but it is rapidly becoming a t...
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