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Newsletter - March 2011


General News


0% Interest Financing on All Autodesk Software 

There's never been a better time to get the newest Autodesk software. That's because right now you can take advantage of our limited-time 0% financing offer. During the offer period, customers can benefit in the following ways:  

  • 0% Financing on All Autodesk Software: You can take advantage of our flexible financing options on up to 100% of your investment.
  • $0 Down: License the latest design, productivity and creativity software from Autodesk with no money down.
  • 0 Risk: Avoid large down payments and better manage your budget by having fixed monthly payments over 12 months.   


Financing offer valid from February 14, 2011, through April 15, 2011, or until $5 million in funding is allocated (whichever occurs first). This promotion is valid in the 50 United States and Canada only, and is subject to approval by one of the identified financing partners; void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Minimum transaction size is $5,000 and maximum transaction size is $150,000. Only Autodesk software licenses, creative finishing systems and subscription purchases are eligible for this offer. Autodesk Consulting Services, partner training and services, and/or other related purchases are not eligible.



Autodesk Subscription may not exceed 40% of the total amount financed. Early Autodesk Subscription renewals are not eligible for this offer. Offer may not be combined with multi-year subscription discounts. Autodesk Subscription is not required to receive promotional financing.


Concact us for details: bobbit@mcamnw.com

In This Issue
0% Financing
Autodesk Internships Needed
Advanced Mastercam Class
FREE Sheet Metal Workshop
FREE Master3DGage Webinar
Mastercam News & Tech Tips
Autodesk News & Tech Tips
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Autodesk Inventor Job Shadows and Internships Needed for Local High School Students

David Douglas High School has a four-year Career Education program. At the Junior and Senior level students take year-long courses in one of six Career Pathways.  Mechanical Design is one course within the area of Industrial and Engineering Systems Career Learning Area.  Course work is centered on learning to use AutoDesk Inventor to develop a variety of assignments ranging from easy to in-depth.

As part of the curriculum, students must participate in Job Shadows and Internships.  This provides the students with a first-hand look at what area businesses do on a daily basis and how it relates to the subject matter taught in the classroom.


Internships provide a great opportunity for a student to "learn while doing."  Student interns may work on specific tasks at your business that connect back to what they are learning in the classroom. Internships can be unpaid or paid and are a minimum of 24 hours.


If you are interested in hosting a student for an internship or job shadow please contact the instructor Nancy Wunn at (503) 261-8335 or email her at nancy_wunn@ddouglas.k12.or.us.


Advanced Class Available for Mastercam 

Clackamas Community College is offering a 10 week class that will cover basic lathe thru advanced mill turn and multi-axis toolpaths. Students will also be introduced to machine simulation, new dynamic toolpath techniques, Feature Based Machining, and setup sheet design.


Students are encouraged to bring their own challenging parts for questions and analysis.

Where:  Clackamas Community College -  Oregon City
            Monday & Wednesday 4:30 - 8:20 PM
March 28th - June 6th, 2011
Cost: $442 

For infomation call the Manufacturing Dept Secretary at Clackamas Community College at (503) 594-3318 or email debym@clackamas.edu or chrisri@clackamas.edu


MCAM NW Events

FREE Workshop

Sheet Metal Productivity 

Join us Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 1:00 - 3:30 PM PDT for an all new workshop focusing

on sheet metal productivity. Our newest MCAM Northwest team member Phil Eichmiller will be presenting along with Tim Rowley; covering the new technologies for design and production of sheet metal parts. Topics include: importing customer data, the CAD to CAM workflow and much more. 


Where:  MCAM Northwest, Inc.

             19136 Molalla Avenue - Oregon City

             (503) 653-5332


To register for this workshop - CLICK HERE

Register today seating is limited to 25 people


Master3DGage Webinar

We invite you to the Master3DGage online Webinar that will introduce you to the new affordable, portable Master3DGage CMM designed for rapid machine shop inspection.

Webinar Agenda:
Machine Shop Inspection Needs
Model Based Inspection without drawings
Rapid Align-Inspect-Report Process
Traditional Drawing Based Inspection
Portable CMM Hardware
Live System Demonstration

If you have any questions before or after the webinar please visit www.master3dgage.com or call
(866) 340-5551.  We look forward to meeting you at the webinar.


Register for this online webinar now by clicking the date below:


Thu, Mar 17, 2011 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PDT

Once registered you will receive an email confirming your registration with information you need to join the Webinar.



Mastercam News and Tech Tips

Locking /Unlocking Feed and Speeds

We've had many questions regarding the locked state of feeds and speeds in X5. In Mastercam X4, you could lock the feeds and speeds so that if you inadvertently made changes, switched to a

different tool or some other change, you could prevent the system from re-loading feeds and speeds back into the operation. In Mastercam X5's configuration, that switch defaults to "ON". To change this:


    1.   Go to Settings, Configuration

    2.   On the left, select the Toolpaths topic

    3.   Un-Check the Lock Feedrates







    4.   Save your configuration 


This will now allow you to work with feedrates as within prior versions.


The Lock Feedrates is a good feature if you understand how it works and what the benefits are.  If you change to a different tool in an existing operation, you will see this: (Below)














This will make sure that the feedrates within an operation are not disrupted by a new tool choice.  Whatever the feedrates are in that operation, they will remain the same. However, a right-click in the tool manager within an operation and selecting "Re-initialize feeds and speeds" will allow you to load the feedrates from the tool back into an operation on a case by case basis.




Autodesk News and Tech Tips

Factory Design Suite


Comprehensive Factory

and Equipment Design



Machine and equipment builders, system integrators and manufacturers use this comprehensive 3D factory layout and mechanical design solution to design, optimize, and visualize factory layouts and equipment.




Create Compelling 3D VisAutodesk® Factory Design Suite Premium 2011 software is designed for the layout user who needs to create compelling 3D visual layouts of machine lines and entire manufacturing facilities: 


  • Create or import 2D layouts
  • Drop intelligent 3D factory content on top of the 2D floor plan
  • Easily try different "what-if" scenarios
  • Communicate ideas and build layout proposals in 3D
  • Analyze clashes and space constraints
  • Simulate movement of material
  • Design, visualize, and simulate factory equipment
  • Automate customization of commonly uses assemblies


Autodesk Inventor Tech Tip 


Autodesk® Inventor installs with a comprehensive tutorial section.  Both new and experienced users can quickly benefit with topics organized by experience level or design-specific tasks. Take a look at the Learn about Inventor section of the "Get Started" tab for tutorials, show me animations, and user tailored Learning Resources.


3D Easy Promotion 

Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD Mechanical, and Autodesk Inventor LT $300 Mail-in Rebate 


From February 14, 2011, through April 15, 2011, customers who purchase qualifying commercial licenses of Autodesk® Inventor®, AutoCAD® Mechanical or Autodesk® Inventor LT™ family of products are eligible for a rebate of US$300 per license purchased. 


New licenses, legacy purchases, upgrades to, or competitive trade-ups to, any of the following Inventor family products below: Autodesk® Inventor® 2011

  • AutoCAD® Inventor® Suite 2011
  • AutoCAD® Inventor® Professional Suite 2011
  • AutoCAD® Inventor® Routed Systems Suite 2011
  • AutoCAD® Inventor® Simulation Suite 2011
  • AutoCAD® Inventor® Tooling Suite 2011
  • Autodesk® Inventor LT™ 2011
  • AutoCAD® Inventor LT™ Suite 2011 (single seats and 5-packs)
  • Autodesk® Factory Design Suite 2011 (Advanced and Premium)
  • AutoCAD® Mechanical 2011


I Get By With a Little Help from My Friends

Autodesk provides a Peer to Peer Discussion Forum via their website. It's not just other users however, many resellers, instructors and Autodesk employees are on there actively helping out when others are in need.


Examples of what to expect...


Technical Support - Be sure to provide the version of software you are running along with your system specs or you won't make much progress at first.


Best Practices - Working on a project and thinking there just has to be a better way? Once again be sure to provide the version of software you are running along with a detailed explanation and maybe a screen shot of what you are working on.


Bugs - If something is not working right, Autodesk is pretty quick to pick up on it and start working on a fix or at least a work around until a fix is available.


Moral of the story, don't let yourself get bogged down, if you can't fix it yourself and are unable to find an answer in the help file or online... give the rest of your community a chance to help. Don't go into it with huge expectations, everyone there is volunteering their time and help and have other responsibilities, but I have seen a lot of people step up and really help others in their time of need.  


Check it out and register at http://forums.autodesk.com/.