Autodesk Fusion 360 CAM Challenge – Round 2

Autodesk Fusion 360 CAM Challenge – Round 2

Al Whatmough kicked off the first Fusion 360 CAM Challenge last month, with some incredible entries from all around the world, including some stunning entries from Australia & New Zealand. Auckland’s CXP Racing actually started the whole thing off by accident, and inadvertently delivered the very first entry. The competition turned into a massive success with…

Inventor 2016 R2 & R3

Inventor 2016 R2 & R3

Listen in after lunch about R2 & the New R3 features of Inventor 2016 Amazing new capabilities for shape generation. Bulletproof compatibility. Faster PCB and mechanical integration. These are just a few of the enhancements packed into Autodesk® Inventor® 2016 to help you innovate, collaborate, and engineer so you can make great products.

3D Printing + Autodesk

3D Printing + Autodesk

Over the last 10 to 15 years, huge advances have been made in 3D printing technology. Much like computers and other electronic devices, these amazing machines which were once all big, heavy, and very expensive have become a lot more accessible. As we travel around the country visiting clients, we are starting to see them…

Sheetmetal Folding and k-Factor

Quite often I hear Inventor users saying: “the folded part didn’t come out like it was in the model, I even gave them a flat pattern!” The flat pattern feature in Inventor is not all that accurate if you don’t have the sheetmetal style set correctly to suit material, tooling and processes used to form…

Inventor iLogic and Content Center – They play nice!

Inventor iLogic and Content Center – They play nice!

A customer recently asked me: “When I place a custom part from content center (in Autodesk Inventor) and specify a filename, why does the Part Number property show something other than the filename that I have given the part?” The answer is, that the content center library has predefined expressions that generate the Part Number…

Inventor 2013 SP1.1 Released

For those of you that have been eagerly awaiting this (and also for anyone else having instability or other issues with Inventor 2013), the service pack that was released and then withdrawn, has now been re-released as SP1.1. Link below: http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=20442029&linkID=9242019

What’s the point?

What’s the point?

3D Printers, Laser Scanners, photogrammetry. Some of the words being thrown around more and more often in the ever accelerating field of rapid geometry creation, both in digital and physical forms. When you get past all the glossy brochures and marketing guff, real-world results from 3D scanning often leave a lot to be desired and…

RectANGLE

RectANGLE

Just a quick and easy one here. If you get frustrated placing a rectangle and then having to delete constraints to adjust it’s angle, use the 3-point rectangle tool. It allows you to place the first line on an angle which you can later constrain with a dimension.

Variable Pitch Auger Creation

Variable Pitch Auger Creation

Recently one of our customers asked for a workflow to create a variable pitch Auger. Here is one process. Variable Pitch Auger Workflow 1.             Create cylinder or shaft for auger. Name parameter for diameter as “D” 2.             Create workplane tangential to outside surface of cylinder. 3.             Open “Parameters” and create a new…

Different strokes for different folks

Different strokes for different folks

Level of Detail representations (or LODs) in Inventor can be very useful for a number of tasks. Most people who have used them are likely to have done so for the purpose of reducing the complexity of an assembly for performance reasons. When using them in this sense, components can be suppressed to prevent them…