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Autodesk Inventor HSM and Fusion 360 come loaded with a lot of options for the post processors, but the post that you need may not be included in this library. Thankfully Autodesk has a searchable online library of posts that can be easily downloaded and added to Inventor HSM or Fusion 360. First, browse over to Here you can choose searching options based on machine type (milling, turning, cutting), machine vendor or look at the most up-to-date versions. Also, you can simply type in what you are looking for! Once you find the post you're looking for, click download... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2018 at IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
Hey everyone! Autodesk recently released an update to Generative Design and it includes two new features that I think are pretty neat! When making your selections in the Manufacturing window, you can now select Milling as a manufacturing method. Generative Design allows the selection of either 3 or 5 axis milling. Once a study has been completed and a design chosen, you can download the model and place it into Fusion 360 Once in Fusion 360, switch over to the CAM environment and begin programming your part! Thanks! -Brady Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
Do you have AutoCAD 3D files that you need to get over to Inventor in order to add CAM toolpaths or include the part in an assembly? Here are two quick workflows to get those AutoCAD 3D files into Inventor. Workflow #1: Export the AutoCAD 3D file in IGES format. Start a session of Inventor. Navigate to and open the IGES file. Import Dialog Box will open. Check Solids box in the Object filters area. Name the file and set file location as needed. Click Ok. The inventor file is created. Workflow #2 Save the AutoCAD 3D file as a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
You can create layers in Autodesk Inventor and have those layers export to AutoCAD. Here are the steps that I've found work pretty well when trying to export an Inventor drawing with layers that AutoCAD will recognize. Adding Layers to Inventor Drawings Make sure the style library for the project is set to Read/Write When a model/dwg is open Manage tab-->Styles Editor Expand Layers Click New… Will create a copy of the currently selected layer Rename as required Here you can edit the color, linetype and lineweight Just like in AutoCAD layer manager Once layer(s) have been created Save and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
If you have been around part drawings and manufacturing long enough, there's a pretty good chance you've seen a feature control fame with a circled letter after the tolerance. The examples/images shown below were created in Autodesk Inventor. Probably the most common circled letter seen is "M". This means that the tolerance is to be applied at the Maximum Material Condition. Let's take a deeper look into the different types of material conditions that can be applied to tolerances. As the image above shows there are four different material conditions that can be applied and each one behaves differently than... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
Fusion 360 contains modeling tools that allows the quick creation of spheres in the sculpting environment. Here are some tips for quick sphere creation: Click the Create Form icon Under the Create Form pull-down menu, click on Sphere The next step is to select the plane you wish to sketch the center point of your sphere Once you've selected the desired plane, you need to pick the location for your centerpoint After selecting your center point, the sphere creation dialog box will appear There are 3 ways to adjust the diameter of the sphere (all indicated above). You can drag... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
What is GD&T? In a grossly-over simplified definition, GD&T is a language. It is a precise mathematical language the describes the form, orientation, and location of various features on a part. Like learning any other language, knowing when, where, and how to correctly apply GD&T will take time. In any given manufacturing or engineering corporation there will be people that have varying levels of understanding GD&T. The checker may be fluent in GD&T while the drafter may only have a basic understanding of the language. Brief History GD&T arose from the idea to produce products that had interchangeable parts. Products... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog
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