Inventor CAM 2017 is a powerful software that simplifies the machining workflow with CAD-embedded 2.5-axis to 5-axis milling, turning, and mill-turn capabilities. It is available only as part of the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection from Autodesk[^1^]. In this article, we will show you how to use Inventor CAM 2017 for CNC programming and what benefits it can bring to your manufacturing process.
What is Inventor CAM 2017
Inventor CAM 2017 is an integrated CAM software that works seamlessly inside Autodesk Inventor. It allows you to rapidly turn your 3D models into machined parts directly inside Inventor, without the need to export or import files. You can create toolpaths for various machining operations, such as drilling, contouring, pocketing, facing, grooving, boring, and more. You can also simulate and verify your toolpaths before generating CNC code. Inventor CAM 2017 supports a wide range of CNC machines, including 3-axis, 4-axis, 5-axis, turning, and mill-turn machines. You can use the powerful post processor system to quickly customize and output CNC code for your specific machine and controller[^1^].
Why Use Inventor CAM 2017
Inventor CAM 2017 offers many benefits for CNC programmers and machinists, such as:
Reduced mill time: You can use the Adaptive Clearing strategy as a roughing technique for efficiently removing a high volume of material while minimizing tool and machine wear. This strategy maintains a constant load on the tool throughout the machining cycle, allowing you to cut deep without risk of breakage[^1^].
Increased tool life: By using the Adaptive Clearing strategy, you can also extend the life of your tools by reducing heat and stress on the cutting edges. You can also optimize your toolpaths for smooth transitions and avoid sharp corners and sudden changes in direction[^1^].
Maintained associativity: You can keep your toolpaths updated automatically as you make changes to your 3D model in Inventor. This ensures that your toolpaths always match your design intent and eliminates the need to reprogram your parts every time you make a modification[^1^].
Improved quality: You can use the advanced simulation and verification features in Inventor CAM 2017 to check your toolpaths for errors, collisions, gouges, and excess material. You can also compare your machined part with your original model and measure the deviations. This helps you ensure that your part meets your specifications and quality standards[^1^].
How to Use Inventor CAM 2017
To use Inventor CAM 2017, you need to have Autodesk Inventor installed on your computer. You can download a free trial version of Inventor CAM 2017 from cam.autodesk.com[^3^]. Once you have installed Inventor CAM 2017, you can follow these steps to create a simple CNC program:
Open Autodesk Inventor and create or open a 3D model of your part.
Switch to the CAM tab on the ribbon and click on Setup. This will open the Setup dialog box where you can define the orientation, origin, stock size, and work coordinate system of your part.
Click on OK to close the Setup dialog box and create a setup folder in the browser.
Right-click on the setup folder and select New Milling Toolpath. This will open the Toolpath dialog box where you can choose from various milling operations, such as 2D Contour, Pocket Clearing, Face Milling, Drilling, etc.
Select an operation and click on OK. This will open another dialog box where you can select a tool from the library or create a new one. You can also define the cutting parameters, such as feed rate, spindle speed, depth of cut, etc.
Click on OK to close the tool dialog box and create a toolpath folder in the browser.
Right-click on the toolpath folder and select Generate or Simulate. This will generate or simulate the toolpath for the selected operation. You can view the 061ffe29dd