Inventor software for mechanical design and 3D CAD (bundled with Autodesk HSM software) is a powerful manufacturing platform that includes many technologies that can be used to improve machining productivity. In this class, we'll go through techniques and workflows to give you some ideas to improve your CAM programming efficiency and increase machine-shop productivity. You can use iLogic to create configurable part/workholding templates that let you model your setups very quickly and efficiently, ensuring accurate simulation and safety. You can harness the tolerance engine inside Inventor software to drive your machined dimensions, letting you make easy adjustments after the first-off part. CAM probing operations (on capable machines)—driven by the tolerance dimensions in the CAD model—let the machine perform its own quality assurance, and even re-machine out-of-spec features. You will get the most out of this class if you have a working knowledge of Autodesk HSM software.
- Learn how to use iLogic in Inventor to build configurable part/workholding templates for CAM
- Learn how to specify tolerances on model parameters and use these to control targets for machined dimensions
- Learn how to use Autodesk HSM probing cycles as a QA check on a machined dimension during the production process
- Learn how to use model and toolpath templates in Autodesk HSM to save programming time
Gavin is currently employed by NZ's largest Autodesk reseller in a split role between technical support/consulting and software development, usually in the form of customisation for Autodesk Products. His focus is primarily the Autodesk HSM products, and Vault. Before becoming a Technical Consultant, he spent about 10 years using Inventor, Vault and various CAM packages as a mechanical designer. Gavin has worked in a variety of industries including Aerospace, Defense, Consumer Products, and materials handling equipment for everything from logging/mining to food. In these areas he has designed machinery, equipment and products involving a huge variety of materials and manufacturing processes. Gavin places utmost emphasis on manufacturability in the design work he does, as a result of having always worked very closely with the manufacturing environment. This has taught him to adapt and calibrate his digital-prototyping tools to give real-world results.