Math Formulas in Cycle Dialogs

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | June 16th, 2017 | Edgecam

Training Concept: Machinists and CNC programmers frequently use formulas to calculate important information.  Have you ever considered using math formulas to build relationships in CAM, as part of toolpath creation? For example, the tool manufacturer recommends that drill peck increments should be 2.5 times the tool diameter.  Instead of getting out the calculator and typing the […]

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Installing Edgecam 2017 R2

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | June 14th, 2017 | Edgecam

Issue: Many end users are hesitant to install new software versions.  While we techie types may love new software and dive right in, we get your point – you already have a software package that is working, and you have loads of work to do.  You’ve heard about the new software and it sounds interesting, but […]

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Critical Update: AutoCAD 2018.0.2 / AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2

Posted by: Kristin Prokop | May 25th, 2017 | Autodesk

Autodesk discovered a mistake with the AutoCAD 2018.0.1 and AutoCAD LT 2018.0.1 release that will cause the software to expire and no longer start after June 1, 2017. This issue was quickly resolved by releasing the AutoCAD 2018.0.2 and AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 update. To avoid any unnecessary product or service interruption Autodesk asks that you […]

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From the Corner Office: Changing the World

Posted by: Matthew Burke | May 2nd, 2017 | From the Corner Office

I recently wrapped up a series of discussions about the Future of Making Things.  I can only hope that the participants enjoyed the topics and resulting conversations as much as I did.  It’s funny, no matter how many times I give my presentation, something different from my slides sticks in my mind.  After my last […]

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Toolpath Accelerators – Machine Feature

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | March 6th, 2017 | Edgecam

Training Concept: Features are an integral part of solids machining capability in modern production CAM software.  The purpose of a feature is typically to capture solid model intelligence – which often leads to the logical question: Since the CAM software already possesses a significant amount of solid model intelligence, how can we leverage this information to […]

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CAM Part Organization – Using Color to Identify Toolpath Details

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | February 8th, 2017 | Edgecam

Issue: Is it possible to change the color scheme in the CAM system, both the background colors and also the colors assigned to toolpath? Solution: Even simple CAM parts can have a variety of toolpath, part geometry, and other items that are displayed in the graphic view.  This tech tip focuses on assigning colors to help quickly […]

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CAM Part Organization – Easily Selecting The Right Item(s)

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | January 10th, 2017 | Edgecam

Question: What selection techniques does Edgecam provide to choose geometry and toolpath items?  While using software commands, there are many times where the user is prompted to input coordinates, or choose some type of item in the CAM model. Answer: Generally speaking, there are two types of inputs that may be required for software commands: Coordinate Input […]

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CAM Part Organization – Working with Toolpath

Posted by: Joseph Sanders | December 7th, 2016 | Edgecam

Issue: What options are available to more easily work with toolpath items in the CAM model? Solution: Even simple CAM parts can have a variety of toolpath, part geometry, and other items that are displayed in the graphic view.  One of the keys to being productive with any software is quickly locating the items you want to […]

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What’s New in the Inventor 2017 R3 Release

Posted by: Kristin Prokop | December 2nd, 2016 | From the Front Line

Last month I wrote about the new features of Inventor 2017 R2. Since then, Autodesk has released another mid-year update (R3) to Inventor 2017. This release brings more fixes, features and wish list items to your design tool. Here are a few of the highlights: New Selection Feature. You can now select multiple closed profiles, […]

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Reflecting on a Year of Change

Posted by: Kristin Prokop | December 2nd, 2016 | From the Corner Office

I can’t believe it is December already, my how the year has flown by.  I always try and reflect back on what has transpired over the past 11 months before my attention turns to next year.  For me, 2016 could best be described as a year of change.  We saw changes from every major vendor, […]

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