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    Default Small Part Workflow

    I did a write-up of one of my workflows making small parts out of PVC plastic.
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    Its a small plastic end cap used to hold Christmas lights on a driveway marker.

    You can see the full write-up here:
    https://www.kronosrobotics.com/string-light-cap/

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    Author of: The CNC Construction Set Books, the KRMx01, KRMx02, KRmc01, and KRmf70 CNC Books, the HANS Electric gear clock book. All available at www.kronosrobotics.com.


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    Default Re: Small Part Workflow

    Doesn't Inventor have Hsm Express? I was using it in Solidworks before I started with Fusion 360.

    Great article !



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    Default Re: Small Part Workflow

    I have an old version of Inventor (2015) HSM is not supported.

    Inventor is crazy expensive so at $2000 per year, my old version does me just fine.
    That said, for small simple parts, I will oftain just fire up Corel Draw and create my basic shape. I then export for Vcarve to make my tool paths. The whole process of idea to ready to machine can be as quick at a couple minutes. Much of what I machine is done this way.

    I have also used Fusion 360 but for simple things, I come back to Corel Draw and Vcarve. I am not a big fan of Fusion 360, as I have had issues with large complicated projects.

    Author of: The CNC Construction Set Books, the KRMx01, KRMx02, KRmc01, and KRmf70 CNC Books, the HANS Electric gear clock book. All available at www.kronosrobotics.com.


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    Default Re: Small Part Workflow

    To each his own.

    I had problems too with big assemblies in Fusion. For this kind of project I'm using the SolidWorks license I have at work.

    For CAM I prefer Fusion especially for the price. Lol



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    Default Re: Small Part Workflow

    This is the machine from my CNC Construction Set book series.
    Small Part Workflow-krccs-full-assembly-v4w-cncrp-mount-jpg

    This has every single nut, bolt, and washer modeled including threads. It runs like a champ in Inventor (even my older version). It brings Fusion to its knees.

    Author of: The CNC Construction Set Books, the KRMx01, KRMx02, KRmc01, and KRmf70 CNC Books, the HANS Electric gear clock book. All available at www.kronosrobotics.com.


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