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Oct 10, 2015
Autodesk Inventor Joints - Between Two Faces
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...]
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Sep 25, 2015
AutoCAD Block Attribure Manager Tool - Part 2
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...]
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Sep 20, 2015
AutoCAD Block Attribute Manager Tool - Part 1
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...]
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Sep 15, 2015
Top Down Design in Autodesk Inventor
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...]
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Sep 7, 2015
Including Summations in Your Inventor Parts List
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...]
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Aug 24, 2015
Inventor 2016 Enhanced Multi-Body Mirroring
With Autodesk Inventor 2016, you can now mirror multiple solid bodies at the same time with one command [more...]
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Aug 22, 2015
Setting the AutoCAD Ordinate Dimension Origin
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...]
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Aug 15, 2015
Locating the Next Inventor Sketch Point
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...]
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Aug 5, 2015
Heat Sink modeling with Autodesk CFD
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...]
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Jul 30, 2015
Dynamic Blocks in AutoCAD Title Blocks
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...]
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Jul 26, 2015
Never Use the AutoCAD Dimscale Variable Again
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...]
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Jul 21, 2015
AutoCAD Electrical: Organizing Multiple Users and Streamlining Migration to Newer Versions
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...]
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Jul 18, 2015
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Jul 12, 2015
Placing Drawing Base View in Autodesk Inventor 2016
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...]
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Jul 8, 2015
AutoCAD 2016 - How to Place a Linear Dimension
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...]
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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...]
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Jul 1, 2015
Partial Parts List Using Inventor Assembly Design Views
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...]
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Jul 1, 2015
Associative Design Views in Inventor Drawings
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...]
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Jun 26, 2015
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Jun 22, 2015
AutoCAD Electrical: Organizing Multiple Users and Streamlining Migration to Newer Versions
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...]
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Jun 12, 2015
Inventor Sketching, Constraint Inference Scope
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...]
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Jun 3, 2015
Tools for 3D Printing in Inventor Continued
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...]
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May 27, 2015
Replacing Family Template in an Inventor Custom Content Library
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...]
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May 25, 2015
Reverse your Presentations in Inventor
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...]
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May 21, 2015
Inventor 2016 - Automatic Drawing Plot Scale
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...]
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May 15, 2015
Tools for 3D Printing in Inventor
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...]
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May 7, 2015
Inventor 2016 Updated Presentation Environment
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...]
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May 1, 2015
Inventor 2016 New "Import" Function
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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Apr 26, 2015
AutoCAD 2016 - Selection Effect Re-Visited
I wrote an article earlier this year covering the new AutoCAD 2015 "selectioneffect" system variable. The article can be found at at this address. At the time I really was not too keen on the change since I found it a lot easier to see the old dotted line selection. AutoCAD 2016 has added an option to the new selection effect that has made me a convert to the new highlighting method, they have added another system variable which allows you to select the co [more...]
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Apr 22, 2015
Simulating Models in Autodesk Inventor
When designing a part, model, or assembly, engineers often want to test multiple variants of the design within the same setup. To solve this problem, Autodesk Inventor offers a unique simulation toolset called Parametric Dimension Study. There are many reasons why firms like to use this functionality: Parametric Dimension Study dramatically reduces the amount of work for designers. It eliminates the need to have multiple analysis files for the same geometr [more...]
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Apr 9, 2015
Getting the Most from the Vault Preview Panel
Inventor assembly models are often enhanced by including design views and/or position representations which are essential to productive design practices. If you use Inventor with the Autodesk Vault, you may be disappointed when it seems these special views are lost during check in to the Vault. The "Preview" panel presents a view of the entire 3D model which you can zoom and pan but you cannot find the representations you created in the assembly. Take hear [more...]
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Apr 2, 2015
Using Special Characters in Inventor iProperty Fields
There are many Windows font characters that you can add to Inventor models and drawings using the Inventor text editor and the Windows character map. You can enter most anything from the Euro symbol to a skull and crossbones from the Wingdings font. The focus of this article is to talk about entering special characters in other text fields that do not allow the use of the text editor. This article will use two symbols, the Register symbol and the Trademark [more...]
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Mar 29, 2015
Controlling Inventor's "Look At Behavior"
I often hear comments such as "I want to control the alignment of the part model during new sketch creation" or "How do I control how the part model aligns to the origin axis of the model when I use the "Look At" command". This article will probably not explain why every alignment occurs but I wanted to point out one control in Inventor 2015. The Application Option setting is the same for both situations but when a new sketch is being created, another appl [more...]
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Mar 23, 2015
Using Vault to set Revisions
If changes are made to a CAD file, those changes should be captured in a revision. A revision indicates a milestone in the manufacturing process of a file and signifies a point in time in the history of the lifecycle of the file. Some of the common methods of noting a revision are by adding the revision number to the title block of the drawing or by adding a specific revision block to the drawing. With Vault Workgroup or Professional, there is one more met [more...]
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Mar 16, 2015
Adding Revision Callout to Custom Content Center Library
The other day I was asked how to add a revision callout to a Custom Content Library (CCL) components. The user told me that they from time to time will change a component entry in the library and wanted to add a revision callout to keep track of changes. This blog will define the method of adding a Revision column to the CCL and how to map it to the Revision Number of the placed component. It is assumed that the CCL is already created and the user has perm [more...]
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