Simulating Toolpaths in Inventor CAM Models – Part 3

With a toolpath now added to your Inventor CAM model, you can use the Simulation tools to review the toolpath and ensure that it generates the path that you are expecting. In these new videos, you will learn how you can simulate an individual toolpath or groups of toolpaths.

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.

The next two videos (along with the previous links) are now available below and will teach you how to simulate your toolpath in Inventor CAM.

  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.
    - 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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