Hear from a knife maker on how we capitalize on lathe functionality within Fusion 360 software—CAM (computer-aided manufacturing). In this class we will show how to use Fusion 360 Lathe to design parts, set up relevant tools, create toolpaths, simulate, and post the GCode. We will show several methods to design lathe parts, including extruding cylinders and stacking them, as well as drawing a profile sketch and revolving the object to create it. We will spend a lot of time in the CAM environment, showing real-world examples of how to set up many different kinds of tools in all orientations, how to create complex toolpaths to do exactly what you want, and how to use the simulation to your advantage. We will also go over several hidden tips and tricks that will really maximize what Fusion 360 software is capable of on a computer numerical control (CNC) lathe. On the postprocessor side of things, we will show what the GCode looks like and how it works in the real world. Lastly, we will have video demos of these exact parts being turned on our Tormach Lathe. This session features Fusion 360. AIA Approved
- Learn how to set up stock and create toolpaths for lathe machining inside of Fusion 360
- Learn tips and tricks to get the most out of an integrated design-to-manufacturing workflow based in Fusion 360
- Learn how to easily design complex round products for lathe work
- Learn how to use simulation to optimize toolpaths
Curtis Chan is a technical evangelist at Autodesk, Inc. He works with students, startups, and larger companies to help them embrace and get the most out of the new generation of cloud and mobile-based manufacturing software such as Fusion 360 3D CAD design app. Prior to Autodesk, Chan spent several years as a mechanical engineer in the defense industry (associated with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program), and he was an equipments engineer in the medical industry devising new technology for manufacturing coronary stents. Aside from industry experience, as a prior application engineer for 3D-design software companies such as SpaceClaim and SolidWorks, Chan offers expertise in a variety of 3D CAD/CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) tools, complementing his knowledge in finite element analysis (FEA) products and additive/subtractive manufacturing techniques. Chan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from San Diego State University. Follow him on Twitter: @Curt_Chan
John Grimsmo has been an entrepreneur for 16 years and nothing truly suited him until he found the world of computer numerical control (CNC) 8 years ago. He’s been insanely hooked ever since, first from a hobbyist level, converting his own machines to CNC, and now as the co-owner of Grimsmo Knives producing some of the world's most effective pocket knives using the most effective equipment he can get his hands on. Grimsmo teamed up with his brother Erik 4 years ago, and they are now creating artwork in exotic alloys and calling them knives. They learn everything they can to push themselves and get better on a daily basis. Tolerances are never tight enough, surface finishes are never shiny enough, and colors are never vibrant enough. They have built a wonderful shop and get to come into work every day and play. It's their dream job. They’ve been using Fusion 360 software for 9 months, and HSMWorks integrated CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) for SolidWorks before that. These industry-leading CAM packages are enabling the brothers to have full control over their machines and produce toolpaths that are truly beautiful.