Author: Chris Hurd

I currently teach Technology and Engineering at Cazenovia HS in CNY. I also teach summers at the college level for PLTW in Oregon, Ohio, Florida, California, Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, and NY.

How Do You Print From Inventor To MakerBot?

Question: I want to make something on my MakerBot that I have modeled in Inventor, but it always comes out too small. I hate doing math; is there an easy way to scale it? Answer: Sure is!  Best way I have found is to scale it in Inventor when exporting the STL file. Here’s the process for...

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CIM class at UK gets visitors

Scott Tobias and I are teaching at the University of Kentucky for two weeks, and our charge is this: Train 18 teachers from around the country to teach our nations high school students Computer Integrated Manufacturing. (The best PLTW Engineering course by far btw….) Every year we get visitors...

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Robocell Tutorials

on Tuesday, 17 March 2015. START WITH THE BASICS, THEN GET MORE ADVANCED! Robocell is a very powerful robotic simulation program that allows you to teach and learn how to program robotic arms without all the costly hardware! Students really enjoy it, and think of it as a video game. Students build...

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2015-16 PDP #5: The CAD/CAM Process

on Wednesday, 18 November 2015. THE 5TH INSTALLMENT OF AN ONGOING SERIES ON HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PLTW CIM CURICULUM The fifth PDP session for the 2015-16 school year was held last night. In this one, Chris talks about the CAD/CAM Process. No matter what you use for CAD software, or CAM software the...

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HOW DO I USE HSM, THE CAM TAB IN AUTODESK INVENTOR?

Question: How do I use HSM, the CAM tab in Autodesk Inventor? Solution: Do we have some tutorials for you! Jim and I put this together, as Jim has been playing with it for some time now, and we feel comfortable enough to put out some videos. Please keep in mind that these videos are only...

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HOW DO I MAKE A CONTAINER IN INVENTOR?

Question: How do I make a container for CIM class in Inventor? Solution: There are many ways to do this, and thanks to Jim, there a bunch of video tutorials to walk you through it step by step from making the part in Inventor 2015, and then putting the tool paths on it, simulating it, and posting...

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