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Part 2 of the conversion of my milling machine from manual to CNC

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Converting my mill to CNC – Part 1

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I’ve written the 1st part in a 4-part series about performing a CNC conversion of a milling machine.


Autodesk Product Design Suite 2012

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

So Autodesk say that the 2012 upgrade for subscription customers will be available tomorrow (14 Apr 2011), but guess what….. it’s already available on the subscription centre and has been for the last few hours. I’m currently downloading the 9.5 odd GBs of it. Really looking forward to getting stuck into it after the Cadpro Christchurch Product Launch today at Peppers Clearwater Resort. The Cadpro Systems lads did a great job of showing off the new functionality with some help from a couple of the Autodesk APAC guys.

It seems that there has been a lot of Autodesk focus on trying to get customers to use more than just the 1 or 2 bits of software that they already use day to day. The bundling of multiple design tools into “suites,” as well as a lot of new developments in Vault integration with various Autodesk packages seems to be where a lot of the devlopment horsepower has been used in the last year.

All the little features and improvements aside, I think the direction they are going is a good one. Times are changing and rendered images and “fancy” visuals are becoming more than just a “nice-to-have.” Tools like 3Ds Max and Showcase go so much further than Inventor Studio, and often with a lot less effort. Now as long as they don’t raise the subscription price next year…….. I’m real happy!

Idee Auto Design Database in Development

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I wonder what potential flow-on effect this sort of approach to mechanical design may have to other industries.

Inventor BOM – Row Merge Bug

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Had a strange problem that is now fixed thanks to a suggestion from Greg Healey at Cadpro.

For some strange reason, the Inventor bill of materials editor was merging two rows in the BOM that had different part numbers. The row merge is only supposed to merge rows if they have identical part numbers. I tried typing the part number over itself but it didn’t fix it. Greg suggested I try unmerging the rows, changing one of the part numbers to something completely different, and then remerging. This fixed the issue, so I then just changed the part number back to what it was and problem fixed.

If you have similar issues, it appears you need to completely change the data in a cell to get it to refresh properly.

AU Virtual 2010

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

A little while ago I posted about AU Virtual 2010 looking like it was going to be a fantastic event. After spending some time this morning trying to work my way around it, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s actually going to be as good as I had hoped. Navigation around the virtual conference centre is quite tricky and there doesn’t seem to be much going on in the way of online classes that I’m actually interested in. Reading the twitter posts of some of the users who are there in Vegas, I think they’re definitely getting all the good stuff!

Oh well, time will tell I guess. I’m waiting to see what comes up.

AU Virtual 2010

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Just checked out the intro to AU Virtual 2010. Wow! Autodesk have done a fantastic job setting this one up. Will definitely be setting most of Tue Nov 30 and Wed Oct 1 aside to attend as many of the presentations as I can.

Mu user name is “Gavin Bath.” If you see me in any of the product clinics, say hello.

Flexible Assemblies

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

An Inventor Joke

Flexible Assemblies are super useful if you want to have multiple instances in different configurations within a parent assembly.