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Surprises in Autodesk Inventor 2016
Nov 24, 2015
The Autodesk Inventor 2016 Home Page has introduced several new productivity tools that enhance the user experience. Here is a brief overview: The New panel in the upper left corner. If your organization uses company-specific templates, its advisable to copy and replace the standard Autodesk templates and to maintain the same standard names. Projects, Shortcuts, and File Details tabs in the upper right corner. The Projects tab lists all the configured Inve [more...]
AutoCAD Ordinate Dimensions - Establishing and Editing the Origin
Nov 18, 2015
AutoCAD ordinate dimensions are a wonderful method of reducing drawing clutter when dimensioning numerous features in a small area. The below drawing of a small plate with 6 holes, one dimensioned with linear dimensions, the other using ordinate dimensions illustrates this. This article is about one of the problems designers face when using ordinate dimensions which is placing the origin point for the dimension set. When I start dimensioning my drawing the [more...]
Inventor Studio Tips and Techniques at AU 2015!
Nov 12, 2015
Attending AU this year? It is only a few weeks away! Are you an Inventor user that needs to create quality renderings without leaving Inventor? Consider attending my class: CP9782 - Techniques for Rendering Realistic Models In Inventor. There are still spots left! This class will focus on how to use Inventor to create realistic rendered images and videos. A good rendering is as much about details in the model geometry as it is with the rendering setup. Fir [more...]
Attending AU2015 for Inventor tips?
Oct 29, 2015
If so, or just thinking about it (time is running out though), come and attend one or both of my classes this year. (CP10152) CADZillaTaming Large Files in Inventor Do you often find yourself waiting on your files to upload because they are very large or complex? Ever wish you could speed up that load time? Users who work with large complicated part or assembly files waste vast amounts of time waiting for these files to generate and build upon activation [more...]
Inventor Assembly Components - Managing Their Visibility
Oct 24, 2015
Within a large Inventor assembly it is often a challenge to view and work with components because they are either hidden by other components or they are just too hard to find. One of the best ways to overcome some of these limitations is to make components restricting your invisible. I know you can select one or more components in the browser or graphic screen and turn off their visibility, but this is a very intensive mouse clicking process. This article [more...]
Moving to the Cloud...
Oct 20, 2015
Should You or Shouldn't You? When it comes to moving a part of your business out to the World Wide Web, there are many considerations to weigh. Will our data be secure in a datacenter? What elements of our business would work better on the internet? Will the cloud give our company an edge over our competitors? These questions and more will be answered in our free online discussion happening on Wednesday, October 28th. We invite you to attend and bring all [more...]
Using Revision Clouds for AutoCAD Paper Space Viewports
Oct 16, 2015
You are creating your AutoCAD paper space layout. The main viewport border is placed on a non-plotting layer. You have a detail viewport in your layout that just does not look right without a border so you create their viewport border on a layer that will plot. Below is an section of a drawing to illustrate. The red arrow is pointing to the detail viewport border. I get tired of seeing the square edged viewport border. Not only is it boring but it sometime [more...]
Autodesk Inventor Joints - Between Two Faces
Oct 10, 2015
When Autodesk introduced Inventor assembly Joint command, it seemed to be an improvement over the basic assembly Constrain command. As I used the Joint command, I found that I could not select component origin or workplanes as connect selections. I have always use these two features for numerous assembly constraints especially when I want to center a component with another or to the base assembly. A good example of this is shown below. The wedge component [more...]
AutoCAD Block Attribure Manager Tool - Part 2
Sep 25, 2015
Continuing with my discussion of the AutoCAD Block Attribute Manager, I would like to discuss some of the tools you can use to change, and sometimes add, properties of block attributes. Multi-line attributes are great in certain situations such as drawing titles. You have the ability to add the multi-line feature to existing attributes but you cannot remove the feature if it already exists. If you miscalculated the boundary area for the multi-line attribut [more...]
AutoCAD Block Attribute Manager Tool - Part 1
Sep 20, 2015
AutoCAD attributes are an easy way to add metadata to drawing blocks which can be used for a variety of reports as well as populating searchable Vault properties. Attributes have many different configurations and settings which are often either missed during their creation or their properties need to be changed to match their end use. AutoCAD Block Attribute Manager, also know by its command name of "Battman", can manipulate most any attribute configuratio [more...]
Top Down Design in Autodesk Inventor
Sep 15, 2015
Many firms use bottom up design to develop assemblies. This approach starts with part models which are combined into a unified assembly. One of the drawbacks of bottom up design is that the supporting data sets for each part model must be tweaked and updated as the design evolves. A different approach is top down design which is supported in Autodesk Inventor. With top down design, the critical elements of the design are established before modeling begins [more...]
Including Summations in Your Inventor Parts List
Sep 7, 2015
Inventor users that work with steel sections, either independently or during the use of the frame generator, often need a drawing materials list which reflects both the length of each steel member as well as the total length of each item. They also would like to display a total length of all the matching steel sections using a summation of the individual item lengths. Displaying these lengths and totals is the topic of this article. My model consist of thr [more...]
Inventor 2016 Enhanced Multi-Body Mirroring
Aug 24, 2015
With Autodesk Inventor 2016, you can now mirror multiple solid bodies at the same time with one command [more...]
Setting the AutoCAD Ordinate Dimension Origin
Aug 22, 2015
AutoCAD ordinate dimensions are used for many reasons. The main one is to decrease the amount of dimensional clutter that can result when a large number of linear dimensions are used in the view. Users are often frustrated because the placed ordinate dimensions do not relate to the model origin. In the drawing below, it obvious the ordinate dimensions are incorrect because the model is 5 units, in both X and Y directions, from the origin of the drawing. Mo [more...]
Locating the Next Inventor Sketch Point
Aug 15, 2015
Most Inventor users find sketching a pretty easy task. With implied sketch constraints, automatic sketch dimensions and heads-up display you can most of the time create a feature sketch in a short order. In this article I will be presenting some of the various methods of creating and locating points during sketching that may not be so obvious. I would like to start with the Heads-Up Display settings dialog box located under the Sketch tab in Application Op [more...]
Heat Sink modeling with Autodesk CFD
Aug 5, 2015
Embedded within the Autodesk CFD software is the ability to define a heatsink as a subcomponent of your design. The heat sink module has been developed using well know heat transfer formulas for different style heatsinks that can be found in advanced heat transfer engineering text. (REF 1, REF 2) It may be useful in some cases to directly model the heatsink geometry itself as shown in this image. Many projects and design studies have been performed in such [more...]
Dynamic Blocks in AutoCAD Title Blocks
Jul 30, 2015
Dynamic blocks have so many uses in AutoCAD based drawings it is hard to count all the possibilities. In this article I would like to demonstrate how a dynamic block can solve a revision table problem. In the title block shown below there are a limited number of revision lines. Often during the drawing revision history more than six revisions will be made. When the seventh revision rolls around you have two choices, add a revision line to the top of the ta [more...]
Never Use the AutoCAD Dimscale Variable Again
Jul 26, 2015
AutoCAD has been around for a long time. AutoCAD users that worked with versions before AutoCAD 2008 and wanted to place dimensions in model space were constantly changing the dimscale system variable to make their plotted dimensions legibly with different plot scales. If you were placing all your dimensions in paper space you did not face the dimscale issue. For those that do place dimensions in model space, normally inside the viewport, you can forget ab [more...]
AutoCAD Electrical: Organizing Multiple Users and Streamlining Migration to Newer Versions
Jul 21, 2015
For firms to operate as efficiently as possible, its essential to manage and maintain software. This means organizing multiple users, as well as upgrading to newer versions as they are released. With AutoCAD Electrical, the WD.ENV file can help streamline these tasks and make them less onerous. The WD.ENV allows IT and CAD Managers to set company standards. This helps users work more efficiently and also establishes a common look and feel for the company [more...]
Jul 18, 2015
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Placing Drawing Base View in Autodesk Inventor 2016
Jul 12, 2015
The process for placing a drawing base view has been refined to make is easier, faster and with a lot more control in Autodesk Inventor 2016. The first thing you will notice is the base view dialog box is a lot smaller. This is because all of the view orientation controls have been moved to the view being placed. This article will mainly discuss the new view controls. The first thing you notice is the familiar View Cube which allows you to select any view [more...]
AutoCAD 2016 - How to Place a Linear Dimension
Jul 8, 2015
I wanted to post a very short article to make sure everyone knows the process of placing a linear dimension using the new "DIM" (Dimension) command in AutoCAD 2016. I have had a few questions on how to place a linear dimension from two non-linear points as shown in the screen shot below. The enhanced AutoCAD dimension command will automatically seek the correct dimension type according to the entities selected. In this case, we will be selecting two points [more...]
Jul 3, 2015
Hello! This is me, Olga, from Moscow! Remembered me? How are you? Still got no message from you! I miss you actually! When we will go out for a date? I'll be waiting for your suggestions and I hope that our meeting will happen as soon as possible! Please answer me [more...]
Partial Parts List Using Inventor Assembly Design Views
Jul 1, 2015
Often you will have a large assembly and you want to create a detail drawing of only a portion of this assembly and also show a partial part list. One efficient method to accomplish this is to use iAssemblies. This article will outline another method using assembly design views. My assembly is a model steam engine from my collection. I have created a Design View in the assembly to show just the cylinder support components. I will use this design view to cr [more...]
Associative Design Views in Inventor Drawings
Jul 1, 2015
Design Views in an Inventor assembly have may uses. They can assist in component isolation during the design process, make it easy to switch between large assembly views during a group presentation and be transferred to an Inventor 2D drawing to do a quick detail of a section of a larger assembly to mention a few. The last use is the one I want to talk about in this article. First let me show you an image of my complete assembly. It is a model steam engine [more...]
From: Mark Flayler
Jun 26, 2015
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AutoCAD Electrical: Organizing Multiple Users and Streamlining Migration to Newer Versions
Jun 22, 2015
For firms to operate as efficiently as possible, its essential to manage and maintain software. This means organizing multiple users, as well as upgrading to newer versions as they are released. With AutoCAD Electrical, the WD.ENV file can help streamline these tasks and make them less onerous. The WD.ENV allows IT and CAD Managers to set company standards. This helps users work more efficiently and also establishes a common look and feel for the company [more...]
Inventor Sketching, Constraint Inference Scope
Jun 12, 2015
I can hear the sighs now, another Inventor sketching technique. The most basic process in Inventor that we all do everyday has a myriad of techniques and I would like to suggest one more in this article. This one is about Constraint Inference Scope. Just to be sure we are on the same page, lets review what constraint inference is in an Inventor sketch. When you are sketching and you have "Infer constraints" on and have some constraints selected, you will n [more...]
Tools for 3D Printing in Inventor Continued
Jun 3, 2015
In my last post I looked at Inventors new 3D Print environment and demonstrated how it can be used to setup an STL file to send to a specific 3D printer. New functionality is always exciting, especially when it occurs around other new technologies like 3D printing but there are existing features in Inventor that are also useful to validate designs before production. One of the key factors in a design for 3D Printing is the minimum allowable wall thickness [more...]
Replacing Family Template in an Inventor Custom Content Library
May 27, 2015
Companies build their Inventor custom content libraries for various reasons. Some will create them to hold their internal custom parts, others will copy existing libraries and change their default part numbers and filenames to suit their company standards. I would like to give you another reason and that is the ability to add parametric features to your custom libraries. I am going to show you the simple method of adding parametric features to every member [more...]
Reverse your Presentations in Inventor
May 25, 2015
When you create a presentation in Inventor, you will be starting with an assembly. You will be tweaking (moving) components and parts to create what sometimes is called an Exploded View model. Below is a simple exploded view model. If all you need is a presentation file to created an assembly drawing view for the purpose of Bill of Material ballooning, then you are done. If you wish to create an AVI or WMV file for either training or your customer use, you [more...]
Inventor 2016 - Automatic Drawing Plot Scale
May 21, 2015
Inventor users for years have devised various ways of adding the drawing plot scale to the their title blocks. They have used mapped custom drawing properties, iLogic routines and prompted entries. We have wondered why Autodesk never made it a drawing property. Well the wait is over, Inventor 2016 detects the drawing scale of the first placed view and assigns it to Sheet Properties of the drawing as the property Initial View Scale. Place this property in y [more...]
Tools for 3D Printing in Inventor
May 15, 2015
3D printing, as a part of the manufacturing design workflow has made that transition from an expensive process option to a cost effective way to prototype a design. In fact with costs down so much companies are buying their own 3D printers and using them to create and iterate ideas early on, not only to validate prototypes. This is an exciting trend since it allows more creativity during the design process and as a designer myself I always find it rewardin [more...]
Inventor 2016 Updated Presentation Environment
May 7, 2015
The release of Inventor 2016 has seen a wide range of improvements and new features. One of the environments to get a refresh this year is the presentation environment. In years past the presentation environment, while valuable to design documentation and visualization, had some productivity limitations. From the whats new in Inventor 2016 documentation Autodesk mentions the following points as the primary improvements to the presentation environment: Auto [more...]
Inventor 2016 New "Import" Function
May 1, 2015
One of Inventor 2016 new commands is "Import". It allows the import of various types of CAD files into the Inventor part environment and then allows the referencing of the geometry into feature sketches. One of the key features of this process is that it creates an associative link to the imported CAD file. If the imported CAD file in opened and edited in its native application then saved, the Inventor model will request to make all sketch geometry, create [more...]
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