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Inventor Drawing Tip - displaying Drill Tap size and 3D Part annotations

Inventor Drawing Tip - displaying Drill Tap size and 3D Part annotations
Your Autodesk Inventor drawing views that you place on your drawing sheet, and parts that have tapped holes created from the hole feature tool by default will always reference the minor diameter. In some cases, you may want to dimension the view with the tap drill size. When you measure the part's tapped hole the value that it returns is the minor diameter, so using the hole thread feature no...
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Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?

Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?
From time to time during our support work we come across the common issue of exporting an Inventor DWG file to AutoCAD DWG. As both file types have the same (DWG) extension, you might be forgiven for thinking there is no difference but there is! So let me explain the difference between the two file types, and how to set up an efficient workflow for exporting.  If you create a drawing in ...
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Discover the power of the Fusion 360 CAM capabilities

Discover the power of the Fusion 360 CAM capabilities
If CAM is your game, then Autodesk Fusion 360 is what you need to be using right now. You can reall our full Fusion 360 Review here. Fusion 360 CAM has 2D, 3D, 4-axis, 5-axis and turning strategies to fulfil your needs.  Fusion 360 CAM also gives you the option of using 2D and 3D Adaptive clearing. Adaptive clearing calculates paths based on a sophisticated algorithm that constantly con...
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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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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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High quality Engraving with Inventor HSM add in

High quality Engraving with Inventor HSM add in
There is a neat little add in tool called Inventor HSM engrave, which will create single line text, which can then be traced to create the engraving on the machined part.  Most people use AutoCAD to create the text with a simple font, and then explode the text to create single line geometry. After that the AutoCAD DWG file is imported onto the sketch of the Inventor model whilst in the 2D ske...
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Are you new to Inventor HSM and CNC machining?

Are you new to Inventor HSM and CNC machining?
If you are new to Inventor HSM and you do not have experience in CNC machining, there is a great handbook to help you on your way - I personally found that it contained lots of useful information. The handbook takes you through the introduction and CNC process overview, shop safety, CNC tools, coordinate system, CNC programming language, CNC Operation, 2D milling toolpaths, CNC turning, 3D toolpat...
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Autodesk Inventor HSM - Why Repeat When You Can Pattern?

Autodesk Inventor HSM - Why Repeat When You Can Pattern?
Autodesk Inventor HSM as like Inventor gives you the option of creating rectangular or circular patterns of your machined generated toolpath. There are several different pattern types that can be applied in Inventor HSM. Liner pattern, circular pattern, mirror pattern, duplication pattern and component pattern. Using the patterning in Autodesk Inventor HSM will speed up your programming of th...
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Choosing the Right HSM for your Machining Needs

Choosing the Right HSM for your Machining Needs
Bridge the gap between design and production and take control of your manufacturing by using Autodesk Inventor HSM. Reduce costs, achieve higher productivity and shorter time to market by automating fundamental processes such as CNC programming for manufacturing.  Inventor HSM provides you with a fully integrated solution to streamline the manufacturing process. Autodesk offers different cost...
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