Join Thom Tremblay for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a setup, part of Fusion 360: Designing for Metal.
- [Thom] When the design is finalized, it's time to cut it from the material you've selected. In this video, we will start the process by telling the machine tool where to begin. I'll move to the CAM workspace to begin the process of creating a setup. A setup tells the machine what the orientation of the part will be, what size the stock you will be using is, and gives it information on the process itself. I'll create a new setup by going to the setup tab, selecting the setup tool, and bringing up the setup dialogue.
Immediately a preview will appear around the model. This yellow preview represents the stock that will be used. We'll select the operation type, keeping it as milling, we can change the orientation of the model by setting a box point, and making sure that the axis are all going in the correct direction, I will want Z up, away from the profile of the part, X along the long length of the stock, and Y going away from the model.
The stock itself can be set to a relative size, including offset material from the top and the bottom. I'll set the bottom offset to be five millimeters, to have material to hold onto as we cut the profile. The stock top and side offsets can remain at one millimeter. It's important if you're creating multiple setups to make sure that any additional stock that you're adding is set in the right orientation as you go through the machining processes.
On the post process tab, we can setup program number, add a comment, if we know that we will be using multiple setups, and our machine can use multiple setups, we want to make sure that we set a WC offset. I'll click OK, creating the first setup of the component.
- Setting up parameters
- Joining components
- Animating and rendering the design
- Testing alternative materials
- Creating the setup
- Publishing and posting the design