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Adam Butcher

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection Nesting Utility

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection Nesting Utility
Do you use Inventor Professional as part of the Autodesk Product Design and Manufacturing Collection? Are you looking to minimize waste? Do you use tools such as laser, plasma and water jet? Do you want to create nests without leaving the design platform? Would you like to maintain associativity to the 3D model? If you said yes to any of the above questions, then the Nesting Utility...
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Alex Fielder

Getting to Grips with the Newest iLogic-Specific Features in Inventor 2019

Getting to Grips with the Newest iLogic-Specific Features in Inventor 2019
The 26th March 2018 marked the official release of Autodesk’s latest instalment in the Inventor Professional product family, the 2019 version. This year has seen the BETA site awash with fresh faces discussing the improvements added to the roadmap by the Autodesk development team a year ago. The additions are many and fall into the category of (sometimes long overdue) “bug fix” or “new feature” an...
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Chris England

3D Printing with Fusion 360

3D Printing with Fusion 360
3D Printing with Fusion 360 is a user friendly experience, with some simple and effective workflows. If send to a 3D print utility is not selected, Fusion will export straight to a STL file format and save the file locally. STL is probably the most common mesh model format that just about any printer software will be able to import and work with. Alternatively, a model can be exported directly int...
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Chris England

A Guide to Inventor HSM NC Editor

A Guide to Inventor HSM NC Editor
HSM edit is an OEM version NC editor that is based on CIMCO edit which is created by CIMCO. CIMCO has been around since 1991 and has its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over the years, CIMCO has become a well-established name in the CNC world having sold more than 100 000 software licenses globally. HSM Edit is the default NC editor that come with any HSM product as the license is allocated ...
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Adam Butcher

What is Autodesk Vault Data Standard and how to set it up

What is Autodesk Vault Data Standard and how to set it up
Where can I find Vault Data Standard? If you have a subscription that includes Autodesk Vault for Workgroup or Vault Professional you can download Autodesk Vault Data Standard from your Autodesk account. There are three install files for Data Standard. One for Vault, Inventor and AutoCAD. Depending on your requirements for Data Standard you may only want to use one, or you may want to use all thr...
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Adam Butcher

What's New in the Autodesk Inventor 2018.2 update

What's New in the Autodesk Inventor 2018.2 update
As we know from time to time Autodesk bring out product updates for subscription customers, and the Autodesk Inventor 2018.2 update is here, with a great selection of fixes and brand new features. All you have to do to get started is install 2018.2 from your Autodesk Desktop App, and you will immediately gain access to all of these great features and more: Users will be delighted to see that ...
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Adam Butcher

Understanding The Autodesk Inventor HSM Heights Tab

Understanding The Autodesk Inventor HSM Heights Tab
In Autodesk Inventor HSM you can control the machining area by depth for most machining strategies on the Heights tab. The machining area is defined by the Top Height and Bottom Height. On the Heights tab, you can also control the retracts by setting the Clearance Height, Retract Height, and Feed Height. Each height is defined by an offset amount and a mode that tells from which other height the o...
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Adam Butcher

Inventor HSM Rest Machining "Not Valid Toolpath" Error Fix

Inventor HSM Rest Machining "Not Valid Toolpath" Error Fix
Rest Milling is an acronym for remaining Stock required to be machined. Rest tool paths only remove material left by previous machining operations. They do this by calculating what stock has been previously removed and comparing it against the finished model. This is far more efficient than re-machining the entire part with a small tool just to create a few small features. Rest paths are calculati...
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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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Paul Munford

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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