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Auto Desk Inventor and using a Milling Machine (Spectra light mill)

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03-11-2014 07:32 AM

M Hill, Feb 26 10:04:

I currently use AutoDesk Inventor Pro for my 7th grade PLTW D & M class. For output I have a Maker Bot 3 D printer...AWESOME! I also have a Spectra Light mill. I was told I can use Auto Desk Inventor or http://cam.autodesk.com/hsm with this as well? Can you help how to get this up and running?

Thank you,
Mike
I appreciate your help very much!!

 

 

 

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03-11-2014 08:05 AM in reply to: mikehill

Welcome to the forum Mike.

Typically when it comes to interfacing with will CNC or milling machines it is the xport type that you need to know.

At one of my old companies when I was using Solidworks, we exported our models in .dxf format so that the Mastercam software could read it.

So, when file types does your software except?

Also, when you say you need help setting this up, what does that ok like for you?  Are you looking for help to install software, network interface? or what exactly?

 

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03-11-2014 09:04 AM in reply to: Cadmanto

HSM express works directly inside Inventor. A new "cam" tab will be created when you install hsm works.. Then you will setup stock size/origin point/tools,etc..

There are numerous youtube tutorials to get you started..

 

For the 3d printer you simply model your part in inventor then export to stl file.. Open the stl file with the program that came with your printer.

 

Surely your teacher will be able to help you with this as I doubt they let 7th graders run milling machines without guidance/supervision. 

 

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Auto Desk Inventor and using a Milling Machine (Spectra light mill

03-13-2014 05:21 AM in reply to: mcgyvr
Good morning!!

Sorry if I mislead you but I am the PLTW teacher. Our 3D printer is working fabulously and your operating instructions are exactly what my students do. Thanks again for such a quick response.

As far as the Light Mill, I am quite confused how we can get a drawing from Inventor exported and converted to G codes for the mill. Presently, my students will write a program, from a drawing they made on graph paper, where they plotted points. The have the mill cut from point to point to point. Our district computer tech guy is quite savvy but he and I are in need of more direction. Really hope you can help.

PS Currently we use CNC Base program .

Thanks again!
Mike

Michael C. Hill | PLTW/Tech Ed.
Big Lake Schools | Middle School/High School
501 Minnesota Avenue | Big Lake, MN
O: 763.262.6184 | F: 763.262.2539
www.biglake.k12.mn.us

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Auto Desk Inventor and using a Milling Machine (Spectra light mill

03-13-2014 05:30 AM in reply to: Cadmanto
Good morning!!

As far as the Light Mill, I am quite confused how we can get a drawing from Inventor exported and converted to G codes for the mill. Presently, my students will write a program, from a drawing they made on graph paper, where they plotted points. The have the mill cut from point to point to point. Our district computer tech guy is quite savvy but he and I are in need of more direction. Really hope you can help.

PS Currently we use CNC Base program .

Inventor lets me save files as:

ZGL, XGL, STL STEP, SAT, PRO/ engineer neutral, Pro/engineer granite, parasolid text, parasolid binary jt, iges, catiav5 part, autocad dwg, files.

Thanks again!
Mike

Michael C. Hill | PLTW/Tech Ed.
Big Lake Schools | Middle School/High School
501 Minnesota Avenue | Big Lake, MN
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03-13-2014 06:54 AM in reply to: mikehill

You say you are a PLTW teacher.  What does PLTW stand for?

What is the CNC base program?  What is this program called?  Does it have a manual?

When I used to export out of Soilidworks it was using a drawing exporting out as a .dxf.

Are you using a model?

I never used Mastercam.  Only knew what format to export out into.  I am not a programmer so I cannot help with "G" codes or anything along those lines.

I amy not be of much help here, I am just trying to figure out if there is an export type that you should be using that can be imported into this CNC base program.

 

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03-13-2014 06:56 AM in reply to: mikehill

You don't export a drawing or anything for milling.

HSM Express is an addin for Inventor and the functionality to create gcode from your 3d model is done directly in the Inventor program.

No exporting..no drawings.. 

You model the part in Inventor...go to the CAM toolbar that will be installed once you load HSM express and then setup the job (pick what will be the machine 0,0,0 point..define stock,etc.. Then you simply pick if you are drilling/milling/boring,etc..pick a tool..set heights,etc.. 

You can even simulate in 3d before you "post process" to create the Gcode to run the mill.

 

There are NUMEROUS tutorials/videos here.. Watch/listen/learn

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=inventor%20hsm%20express&sm=1

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03-13-2014 07:04 AM in reply to: mcgyvr

Fair enough.  I have not used that program before so I cannot speak to it.  I was only speaking to what I have used in the past to see if it would help.

This is out of my league!!! :smileyhappy:

 

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03-13-2014 07:07 AM in reply to: Cadmanto

I got this Scott :smileyhappy:

I use HSM express all the time now.. Its AWESOME. at work on our Haas and at home on my cnc machine. 

Its one of the best things to come out of an Autodesk merger in a LONG time. 

 

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03-13-2014 08:17 AM in reply to: mcgyvr

mcgyvr wrote:

I got this Scott :smileyhappy:

I use HSM express all the time now.. Its AWESOME. at work on our Haas and at home on my cnc machine. 

Its one of the best things to come out of an Autodesk merger in a LONG time. 

 



Concur.

 

There's a few features that I wish HSM Express had - bridges / tabs, for one thing, and a simple V-carve / engrave function for another - but it's WONDERFUL to be able to make changes to my model and not have to start from scratch with the CAM side of things every time.

 

I can't wait for the full Inventor HSM to be released ...

 

 

 

(BTW - I'm jealous of your Haas ... I need to find a machine shop that's going out of business, then convince PG&E to let me have 480 in my garage in the middle of a residential neighborhood ... then figure out a way to convince my wife that she really doesn't want to park in the garage anymore ... )


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