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  1. #1
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    Dec 2013

    Whats your strategy for multiple fixtures?

    Whats your strategy for multiple fixtures? For example you mill the top of a part, then refixture to do the bottom, and then another for the side. I see its common in the tutorials to see the part in a vise, or on a fixture plate. They really only show the machining of the top of the part, but what about the bottom?

    Do you make an alternate position for the assembly? I tried this and it messes up the original tool paths, I have to remember to go to the original position if I want to generate and post process. Whats your strategy? Make a new assembly of the part in alternate position?

    I'm using Inventor HSM (HSMWorks) in Inventor 2015 if that makes a difference.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011

    Re: Whats your strategy for multiple fixtures?

    In InventorHSM we don’t move the model we setup the WCA to your part. So to do a second setup you simply create a new Setup folder set the WCS for the new set up and start cutting. I’ll work on a sample part to show a couple of ways of how it works.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2004

    Re: Whats your strategy for multiple fixtures?

    (sorry for the late reply) Here is a good video demonstrating setting up the coordinate system as CamMan described (this is HSMWorks with SW):


    If that is not clear, than back up to video #1 or #2 in the series, and watch the multiple setups to machine 3 parts of the part.
    Tormach 1100-3, Grizzly G0709 lathe, Clausing 8520 mill, SolidWorks, HSMWorks.

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    Whats your strategy for multiple fixtures

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