HSM – Speed Up Your Programming Time using Operation Templates

Templates allow you to define multiple operations in a single template that can then be used to create new operations with the appropriate default settings.

To create a new template, first, select one or more operations in the CAM Browser, right-click, and then select Store as Template from the pop-up context menu. All operations are stored in a single composite template document if multiple operations are selected. New operations can be created from a template using the Create from Template menu entry also available in the CAM Browser pop-up context menu.

By default, templates are saved in the same folder as the NC files. However, you can specify a different folder for template storage if you prefer. The templates are stored as separate files which can be directly shared between PC’s. Each template file is assigned the default file extension: .invhsm-template. All values are stored as expressions to provide the maximum flexibility.

Al Whatmough is Product Manager at Autodesk for the HSM based CAM product; HSMWorks, Inventor HSM & Fusion 360. A machinist by trade, prior to joining Autodesk, Al was involved in the CADCAM field by running or owning companies that provided sales, services and created training for businesses wishing to implement integrated CAD/CAM technology.

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