Francisco Perez-Smith

Rotating the Camera in Autodesk Inventor

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Being able to properly rotate your view in Autodesk Inventor is paramount to working efficiently. In this lightning-blog, we will explore the different ways of achieving this without a 3D mouse. Cheat-Sheet Freeform camera rotation: quickest method Hold Shift + Middle Mouse Button > Drag mouse Orbit: slower, more precise Hold F4 > Click and …

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What is Dynamic Simulation in Autodesk Inventor

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One of the most powerful and overlooked tools in Autodesk Inventor is Dynamic Simulation, but what is it exactly? Read on to find out more about this awesomely powerful tool. In a Nutshell In a nutshell, Dynamic Simulation allows users to predict the kinetic behaviour of their designs – that is to say, how it …

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Fusion 360 CAM – Cutting Axial Grooves on a Turned Part

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In Autodesk Fusion 360 CAM, it is possible to cut axial and spiral grooves into a turned part. This is achieved by leveraging planes and the Trace strategy. In this illustrated guide, we will explore how to CNC such grooves into the cylinder pictured below. Step 1: Create Sketches and Planes Begin by creating sketches …

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Fusion 360 CAM – Cutting Radial and Non-Radial Holes on a 4-Axis Lathe

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On a 4-axis lathe, it is possible to cut radial and non-radial holes into a curved surface. However, software can often have trouble identifying that a hole in a curved surface is indeed a hole. This can make it difficult to set up drilling operations. In this quick blog, we’re going to explore the quickest, …

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How to Use Generative Design in Fusion 360

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Today, Fusion 360’s generative design functionality allows us to take a top-down approach to structural design. Whereas traditional design has required us to start from scratch and build up our geometries, the generative approach invites us to specify the problem to the computer, then choose one of a plethora of calculated solutions. But what does …

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Navigating and Generating Textures in Autodesk Inventor

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Didn’t you ever think it’d be great to create a grate? Maybe throw in some diamond plate? Well this isn’t clickbait; this spate will help you navigate textures in Autodesk Inventor, so you can generate great and computationally lightweight grates, plates and gates! Beautiful poetry aside, it is easy to create and apply complex colours …

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Model-Based Definitions in Autodesk Inventor

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In the world of engineering, 2D drawings have traditionally been our tool for sharing designs. However, with the advent of 3D modelling, the 2D drawing paradigm is starting to show its age; is there perhaps a better alternative? Model-Based Definitions In my ideal world, we wouldn’t have 2D drawings at all – we’d simply have …

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