Inventor® HSM 2017 has several exciting enhancements and new features, many of which have been requested by the user base. I think you’ll like what you see. We’ll start with some basic improvements before diving into notable changes that caused me to raise my eyebrows
The HSM HELP system has been enhanced to online services only. While some may not see this as a good thing, it will allow Autodesk to add to the help system without forcing each user to install new software.
In regard to the Setup, new features include:
- Adding the Turning or mill/turn option
- Adding Fixed Size Tube and Relative Size Tube to your stock options. These helpful tools will simplify the process when dealing with tubes, primarily in the turning environment.
Autodesk has improved various toolpath strategies, improved the rest material calculations from the stock/stock model, and increased the speed to solve the Adaptive Clearing operations by modifying the internal algorithm. They have also tweaked how they handle multi-core CPU’s so you will see performance increased in the generation of the toolpath.
Post processor improvements were made to the Haas UMC-750 and additional posts include:
- Roland RML
- Siemens Turning
- Datron MCR
- Carbide 3D Post
- TorMach for turning
- DMG Mori
While all of the changes about are substantial, the improvements that excited me most are as follows:
Chamfering – Autodesk has added an actual 2D Chamfer operation. Rather than using the 2D Contour or Trace operations, in which the shape of the tool could have caused collision issues, we are now able to use the new 2D Chamfer operation. This new feature includes automatic collision detection with the part.
In the image above you will see that when using the 2D Contour, the tool will actually collide with the radii on the top boss. However, using the new 2D Chamfer, the operation sees the top boss and retracts to avoid a collision.
Engraving – Engraving text/fonts has been on our wish list for a while now. After seeing what Autodesk has delivered in 2017 I think you will agree that this has been well worth the wait. The new functionality is very easy to use and can handle just about any font. It also has the smarts to control the Z-axis as the tool approaches text corners.
Below is the Inventor Text extruded into the part:
Here is the resulting toolpath, utilizing the new 2017 Engrave operation:
And finally, below is the image zoomed in to provide a clearer picture of how the software handled this particular font and controlled the Z-axis as it approached the corners.
Give it a try. It is very easy and very impressive. I would also like to mention that this operation works on the Inventor Sketch geometry; you do not need to extrude the text into a feature.
Probing – New in 2017 is a Probing Operation, including sample Probing tools. If you do not see it on your Ribbon at first, put your mouse in the CAM Browser and Right click. A sub menu will display and ‘Probing’ is located under ‘New Operation’.
Autodesk accurately tied Probing into your Work Offset. You will now see Probing listed under WCS in the Setup. It is linked to G54, G55 etc., for example.
Morphing Operation – This is a pretty big deal for those doing surface machining. It means that the toolpath will “morph” from following one edge to another non-parallel edge. Below you can see the toolpath transition from the curved side of the slot to the straight side of the slot.
Again, I think you will like what you see with HSM 2017 and kudos to Autodesk for the enhancements they have added. If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact your local sales rep. We are here to help and anxious to work with you.