Introduction: Getting Started With Inventor HSM Express

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Inventor HSM Express is a free CAM plugin for Autodesk Inventor.

You can download it free here:

If you already have have Inventor and Inventor HSM Express download the attached part file and let's get started!.

Step 1: Understanding the Layout

In this Step we will:

  • Look at the Layout of Inventor HSM
  • Create a Setup to:
    • Define our Work Cordinate System
    • Define our Stock
  • Create our first toolpath
  • Run Stock simulation to see the toolpath in action.

Step 2: Creating Toolpaths

In this step we will:

  • Rough and finish the part using
    • 2D Adaptive clearing
    • 2D Pocket
    • 2D Contour
  • Program Chamfers
  • Spot and Drill
  • Create Derived Opperations

Do you want to make sure you did everything correctly?

Download the attached completed version of the part and take a look.

Step 3: Post CNC Code

In this step we will:

  • Post G-Code for a Haas CNC
  • Look at how we can modify an HSM Post processor


jculleton3 (author)2016-12-09

This I understand.

Very well done.

seamster (author)2014-10-09

Nice. Thanks for sharing this!

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