Adding Toolpaths to your Inventor CAM Models – Part 2 of 4

January 12, 2021 Jennifer MacMillan

Once you have created a setup in your Inventor CAM model, you can begin to add your toolpaths. With this blog, I have posted the next two videos in the series, which discuss and demonstrate the Toolpath palette and how it is used to create the toolpaths in your model. The first two videos discussing how to set up models in Inventor CAM are also still available.

As a reminder, this series is based on my AU class and has been broken into four learning objectives (watch intro video), which conveniently align with the four key skills that a new user will need to learn: defining your setup, adding toolpaths, checking your toolpaths with simulations, and generating the CNC code to manufacture your model.

  1. Create the first setup for the operation in the Inventor CAM environment.
    - Instructional Discussion
    - Software Demonstration

  2. Define toolpaths for the model.
    - Instructional Discussion
    - Software Demonstration

  3. Preview the toolpath using the Simulation tools. (COMING January 19)
    - Instructional Discussion
    - Software Demonstration

  4. Post process the toolpath data file to generate the CNC code. (COMING January 26)
    - Instructional Discussion
    - Software Demonstration

This series is approximately 60 minutes’ worth of content, whereas the ASCENT guide on which it is based is approximately 2 days of content. If you are interested in more in-depth instructional content, datasets, and exercises that allow you to try all my demonstration models, I recommend checking out our Autodesk Inventor CAM 2021: Milling Fundamentals learning guide.

Please reach out if you have any questions.

About the Author

Jennifer MacMillan

Manager – Learning Content Development<br><br>Trained in Instructional Design, Jennifer uses her skills to develop instructor-led and web-based training products as well as knowledge profiling tools. Jennifer has achieved the Autodesk Certified Professional certification for Inventor and is also recognized as an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI). She enjoys teaching the training courses that she authors and is also very skilled in providing technical support to end-users. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalhousie University.

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