This hand-on lab will give you the chance to experience firsthand the advanced toolpath control that Autodesk, Inc.’s, PowerMILL software enables you to have as a user. This session features PowerMill.
I am a Technical Consulting Manager for North America, I currently look after all training and support for North America for PowerMill, FeatureCAM, PartMaker, PowerShape, PowerInspect, and ArtCAM. I joined Autodesk through the Delcam acquisition in 2014, having joined Delcam as an Applications Engineer in 2012. My work and education history includes work in manufacturing as a machinist, programmer, and a technical instructor, as well as a business management background. I specialize in FeatureCAM and PowerMill with practical experience programing Aerospace and industrial application products for CNC machining.
As additive manufacturing (AM) gains greater industrial exposure, there's a drive toward defining practical, high-value processes and products. Defining viable business cases is critical to ensure successful technology adoption. Focusing on the marine industry and using a "propeller" as a familiar marine object for a case study, we'll explore 4 different design/manufacturing iterations aimed at highlighting the opportunities that AM offers. By fabricating these 4 components with wire and arc additive, a considerable portion of the process chain will be revealed from both hardware and software perspectives. We'll be exploring the designs and investigating design features facilitated by AM; looking at preparing these components for manufacture; seeing how these components are built considering the distortion and stress, geometric fidelity, and thermal management; and, finally, looking at post-processing techniques to bring these components to final form.
Advanced composite materials are replacing more and more metal components in a variety of industries, most notably, the aerospace industry. While there are many benefits to using composite materials, there are also inherent challenges when working with composite materials. Composite structures are often formed into complex organic shapes, and they're subject to tighter tolerancing and accuracy requirements than is a similar component made from plastic or another material. This creates the need for highly accurate, often complex mold tools and patterns to be machined. PowerMill software and PowerShape software are uniquely suited for rapidly producing high-quality composite tooling, as we'll demonstrate in this course. Another significant manufacturing challenge is machining the completed composite piece. Companies often employ the use of highly complex and expensive fixtures in attempts to accurately align and set up the part for machining while minimizing the time they have in non-productive, manual setup processes. This course will demonstrate how PowerInspect software can make possible the use of simple, inexpensive work holding while increasing accuracy and repeatability of the part setup. This tool can also be used to verify the machining operations before the part is moved from the machine, making any required rework much faster and simpler, and significantly reducing the common bottleneck at the quality department.
Visualizing and defining 3D models on a 2D screen has always been a challenge for CAD and CAM users. Tool paths and probe paths add other levels of complexity to take into consideration, as the user cannot fully appreciate the problem on a 2D viewer. Imagine yourself trying to define a tool axis on a complex shape-it's very hard to take every single aspect of the shape into account, except by guessing, calculating, and retrying repeatedly. With augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies, the user gains the ability to inspect and define accurate 3D transformations (position and rotation) for machine tools in a much more natural way. We will demonstrate one potential workflow to address this during the class, which includes how to export relevant models from PowerMill software or PowerInspect projects; how to reconstruct, edit, and optimize models in PowerShape software and 3ds Max software; and eventually how to add simple model interactions and deploy them in AR/VR environments with game engines like Stingray or Unity.
Multiaxis, large-scale 3D printing opens the doors to new application fields for engineers, architects, designers, and scientists. For this, the Netfabb and PowerMill high-rate technology combined with Autodesk tools like Autodesk Nastran software, PowerInspect software, Inventor software, and Fusion 360 software create new possibilities in design and manufacturing. This class will also cover examples from our industrial and research partners and show a workflow for high-rate deposition.
Autodesk CAD, CAM, and CAE Solutions can be applied to the design and manufacture of high-quality molds to produce visually and dimensionally correct plastic parts at minimum cycle time. Moldflow tools ensure optimum mold design based on such considerations as best feed and cooling system placement and sizing. Designing molds for balanced and easy cavity filling will reduce mold stresses and extend mold life. Autodesk CAM tools, from Delcam, facilitate efficient design and manufacture of precision molds using subtractive and additive methods. Additive methods (also known as 3D printing) enable the manufacture of innovative, complex, and lighter-weight components in various applications. Netfabb tools can automatically generate lighter-weight designs, and then optimize component orientation, deflections, and supports to make the additive manufacturing process successful. This class will show the workflow utilizing the Moldflow, CAM, and Netfabb software systems to ensure right-first-time manufacturing.
This class will be an overview of how managing production within the Autodesk manufacturing ecosystem lets seamless workflows and real-time insight into production status. We will demonstrate a workflow- starting in design within Autodesk CAD Solutions, moving to programming with Autodesk CAM Solutions, demonstrating production tracking and quality assurance in Fusion 360 Production, and showing how production data can be fed back into design and programming to increase overall production speed and efficiency. These clear communication channels can dramatically reduce the amount of overhead that job shops need to manage by presenting the right information to the right people at the right time. This is the benefit of operating within the Autodesk network.
The aerospace industry has always necessitated a high degree of precision-be that in the aerofoil designs of the wings or the complex electronics on board. Designs may be as detailed as possible, but these ideas need to be accurate when they become a reality. This class will provide insight into how certain aerospace parts are manufactured, such as bladed disks (blisks) for a turbine. Blisks often need to be machined near perfectly, as any change in geometry has the chance to drastically reduce the fuel efficiency of an entire system. They are also usually created from incredibly strong materials like titanium or Inconel-further increasing the difficulty of manufacture. The Autodesk Advanced Consulting Team in Birmingham, United Kingdom, has a lot of experience with this sort of process, working with a wide variety of customers within the industry. We'll share some of the experiences we have encountered over recent years and how their related engineering challenges were overcome.
If we are talking about the Future of Making Things-it being here already-think robots. Learn more about automation of your machine, what hurdles you'll face, and what you'll gain. Because there's much to gain, even after you've fully optimized your process. We are/have been developing our own robot cells with a Universal Robotics UR10 and a 100-kilogram Kuka Robot-2 very different approaches to the same problem.
This is an interactive discussion between a large, diverse group of interested parties to further the composites cutting industry. The Composite Team will lead discussion in conjunction with the Sim, OCTO, and Delcam Teams. We will cover the current state of the industry, the future direction of the composites industry, the current state of composites-related design and manufacturing software, and the future direction of composites-related design and manufacturing software (including a streamlined composites manufacturing solution). This session features TruNest Composites and PowerMill.
When computer numerical control (CNC) machining parts, it is often desirable to create parts with a fine or smooth surface finish. This becomes even more important when machining for the mold-making or die-making industries. This class will provide tips and strategies for getting the highest-quality surface finishes from your CNC machining. Some areas of discussion will include tooling and holders for maximum rigidity, mill and control parameters to check for optimum surface finish, CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) software parameters and strategies that lead to better finishes, and milling tolerance and point distribution. This class is designed to capture the best practices for the industry, and would be applicable whichever CAM product you are using, such as Delcam’s PowerMILL and FeatureCAM software, HSMWorks add-in, Inventor HSM software, or Fusion 360 software. This session features PowerMill and FeatureCAM.
Industrial robots are suitable for an extremely wide range of fabrication and construction processes. Commonly used in automotive production and other high-volume production, robots are now implemented in the production of architectural components, low-volume production, and academia. The potential of the Industrial Robotic manipulator makes for an appealing tool for shops, design firms, and fabricators who want numerical control capability but do not have the means to invest in many specialized computer numerical control (CNC) tools. As the cost of hardware drops, designers have more access to these tools; but perceived hurdles limit the diffusion of manipulators in many settings. This course provides a pragmatic intro to the Industrial Robot as a tool that supports many numerically controlled activities. The course will provide details of the procurement, requisite tooling, safety, installation, and calibration. We will also conduct a hands-on demonstration of the commissioning and basic operation of an industrial robot arm. This session features PowerMill. AIA Approved