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Oct 23, 14
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Oct 10, 14
Free Webcast! Guest Speakers! Awesome Insight! IMAGINiT Presents Go Full Circle with Cloud Based PLM 360
Three exclamation points? Really? Yes, because this webcast has all that you come to expect from us with industry insight at the forefront in our guest speakers and case studies from actual clients. Where: Online - isn't everything nowadays? When: Wednesday Oct. 22nd 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time Register: Click Here Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can impact your business goals and initiatives and help deliver more profitable products in today's global com [more...]
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Sep 21, 14
AutoCAD Selection Highlighting or Effect
I have had a few AutoCAD 2015 users ask me about the different selection highlighting that is used for selected objects. Objects that have been selected have a bluish glow to them instead of the previous dashed line effect. Below is an illustration of the new selection highlighting and the traditional (past) highlighting. Please note I have turned of Grips for these screen captures. Some users may not ever see the new selection highlighting because they ar [more...]
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Sep 19, 14
Inventomizations: Customizing the Inventor InfoTip
Ever wonder if you could modify the Inventor InfoTip? You know that thing that appears when you hover your cursor over a file in trepid anticipation before opening your design in an Inventor window or in Windows Explorer? Need to check on some iProperties before opening a file or if a Manager approved a design without triggering iProperties or opening the file and checking? Well you are in luck, thats what we are going to look at in this post. First off we [more...]
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Sep 18, 14
Obligatory Autodesk University Post: Time to Freshen Your Skills
It's that time of year again, the kids are going back to school, the lawn needs mowing a lot more with the cooler temperatures, and your CAD skills need some fine tuning. What was that last one? That's right, I'm calling you out to improve your CAD skills to a level above awesome to....awesome-er-est-er, whatever's better than awesome. No better place to do that than Autodesk University. Now there are couple ways to get better ninja CAD skills. You can wai [more...]
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Sep 13, 14
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Aug 25, 14
Everything you ever wanted to know about AutoCAD Electrical Environments but did know enough to ask
Another Monday is upon us and I am back with another white paper to share with all of you. This one comes from Thayne Wickam out of our Bedford, New Hampshire office. Thayne has years of experience in training, troubleshooting and configuring AutoCAD Electrical. He has written a very in-depth white paper on Understanding The WD.ENV File for AutoCAD Electrical. This file controls many of AutoCAD Electrical's settings, so getting it right it very important [more...]
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Aug 18, 14
Limiting joint Movement White Paper
Happy Monday everyone! I have been perusing the some of the fantastic white papers that are available in the IMAGINiT customer portal and I wanted to share this one with you. The white paper covers one of the newer features of Inventor; the joint tool. It is written by Chris Griffith from our Des Moines office and is a great way to learn more about this powerful feature. You have to be signed up for the customer portal to access it. If you have not signed [more...]
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Aug 17, 14
AutoCAD "Filter" Command, a Good Alternative to "Qselect"
The Filter command was introduced in AutoCAD R12 and was a valuable tool to build custom object select sets for your drawings. Then in AutoCAD 2000 the Qselect command came along and the Filter command faded from use. I use both but I believe the Filter command still takes the prize for being the best custom selection set builder of the two. Starting the Filter command will present the following dialog box. One feature that I believe makes this tool better [more...]
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Jul 31, 14
AutoCAD 2015 - Model and Layout Tab Display
AutoCAD 2015 introduced a few user interface changes we all will need to get acquainted with, even seasoned AutoCAD users will be scratching their heads on a few of them. One of these interface changes, the inability to change the status bar icons to word abbreviations, is being missed by a lot of people. If anyone has a work around for this, let me know and I will post it on a blog. The user interface change I wish to address today is the display, or lack [more...]
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Jul 2, 14
Vault File and Item Lifecycle Change Email Notification is Here!
Many companies, that use Vault Workgroup or Vault Professional, use file based lifecycle management because it is a very configurable and robust. But there has always been something missing that you could only get with Vault Professional and full Change Order release management, email notification on lifecycle change. All together now with a big hurrah, that limitation is a thing of the past with the new Imaginit Vault Client Utilities 2015. It is also ava [more...]
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May 29, 14
Inventor Browser Names for Content Center Fasteners
Designers that use Inventor are all to familiar with the Content Center Fastener names that display in the browser. I cannot blame Autodesk for creating these designations because their products must represent the world engineering specifications. The great thing is you can change it to display most anything you desire. In my example, I want to display the vendor's part number and the screw designation. After creating my custom library I edit the entries u [more...]
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May 22, 14
Plane Names in Inventor 2015
Many Inventor designers use a lot of extra workplanes, as well as the default origin planes, in their models. Workplanes are a powerful design tool so why not. I have always wished for a way to label or color them in the graphics display to make sure I am working with the correct workplane. Inventor 2015 makes part of that wish come true. The name given to the origin planes or user workplanes will appear on the workplane in the graphic window when you hove [more...]
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May 19, 14
Drawing Title Block Forms | Dump the Prompted Entries!
One of my favorite uses of iLogic has to be the automation of filling out a Title Block in Inventor. I commonly see a customer run into a tired method of using Prompted Entries in their TBs. While this is very reminiscent of AutoCAD, inside Inventor it is actually a poor way to fill things out. If you need the same Prompted Entry across mulitple sheets, then you essentially run into the problem of having to retype it over and over again. If you were to use [more...]
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May 12, 14
Sweep Length Calculation & Reporting
Maybe its spring cleaning, maybe I am just caught up in the tv season finales, but I have sweep(s) on my mind. So here is a deep dive look at sweep information and how to push our software to give us more than what is currently availble in the interface. Here is my design intent. I have a length of PVC, copper, or maybe some pool noodles, I don't know. But what I do know is that I have to get a total length of this stuff reported in my bill so purchasing c [more...]
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May 5, 14
Inventor 2015: Sweeps...with a Twist!
One of my favorite new enhancements in Inventor 2015 is the new Twist option in the Sweep command. Gone are the days where I pulled my hair out and invented new explicitives for when I was trying to get a coil to bend or simple rotation to take place along a path. Now I can simiply go about my normal sweeping operations and choose a new setting to control the number of rotations in the form of degrees around a path while it sweeps. With this new enhancemen [more...]
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Apr 27, 14
AutoCAD 2015 - Something New with Selection Methods
Everyone is in the process of discovering what they like and dislike about in the new release of AutoCAD 2015. I have to say I will not miss the Classic Workspace since I long ago adopted the Ribbon but I know those who are gritting their teeth in disgust. I have found some disappointment myself, one being that I cannot change the status icons to text. I will live with it but is was nice especially since I am a bit long in the tooth and my eyesight is not [more...]
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Apr 16, 14
IMAGINiT Technologies and Rand Facilities Management Offer Complete Building Lifecycle Management Services
Rand Worldwide (RWWI), a global leader in providing technology solutions to organizations with engineering design and information technology requirements, today announces services for customers looking to integrate Building Information Model (BIM) data and their Facilities Management (FM) systems for a comprehensive approach to building lifecycle management (BLM). “Together the Rand Facilities Management and IMAGINiT Technologies teams help clients deri [more...]
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Apr 16, 14
IMAGINiT Virtual Free Event: Your Problem. Solved. - April 24th
Come join us for our next virtual event and learn about the technologies that are important to you and your company as well as emerging trends in collaboration. We have 5 manufacturing sessions led by some of the best and brightest here at IMAGINiT. Oh and its FREE! Manufacturing Sessions and FREE Registration Poor communication and lack of collaboration on design projects are common problems for companies in the architectural, civil and manufacturing spac [more...]
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Apr 10, 14
We Brought our Expert in for this...
While i am feverishly working on my Problem Solved presentation and all this new exciting 2015 material, I felt I would throw my readers this little bit of levitity until I can get my meaty posts up for upcoming posts. I think as engineers we have all been in this meeting [more...]
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Mar 21, 14
Switching Layers Automatically in AutoCAD
Most AutoCAD designers use layers to manage their different drawing object types. Drawing annotation objects such as notes, dimensions, multi-leaders and hatching are placed on different layers than the actual part objects. So during the process of creating a finished drawing, you will be switching layers frequently. AutoCAD has many great layer control commands but you still have to execute them. I want to tell you a method of switching layers automatical [more...]
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Mar 15, 14
Get Picky in Inventor
When you are working in Inventor files, whether it is a part, assembly, drawing or presentation file, you have to select objects on the display screen. Inventor has selection filters available in all the file types to help you select the correct object the first time. You may not have realized there were different types of selection filters since Inventor defaults to the most used ones automatically when a file is opened. Selection filters are selected usi [more...]
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Mar 10, 14
Part Templates - 3D Pull Snap Settings and Initial View Extents
In this post we are going to look at some things that add more sanity to our daily life by making us only marginally more productive. Why? Because throughout your time using Inventor the little stuff adds up to minutes, hours, days. These tips probably fall into the minutes category over the course of a year, so its more for my sanity of daily operation. Starting new part files sometimes has the nuisance of not being zoomed out far enough to see the sizing [more...]
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Mar 6, 14
Hold Down the Ctrl Key When Selecting Polylines
We all know what the Shift key allows you to do after you have selected objects in AutoCAD. That's right, it allows you to deselect objects from your selection set before you continue with your command. If you have never tried this before, do it now. This blog is about the benefit of holding down the Ctrl key when selecting segments of a polyline. My example has a rectangle on the left and a multi-segment polyline on the right. Of course we all know a rect [more...]
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Mar 3, 14
Linear Diameters - Quicker Drawings and Model Modification
The other day I was asked how to place diameter symbols on dimensions that show a revolved modeling feature so that the user didn't have to modify it with each dimension. Well we can do this a couple different ways, we can simply add a diameter override to each dimension (boring and you will give yourself repetitive click syndrome). We could aslo just add a dimension style that has a prefix of the diamter symbol for the entire style and you just use that o [more...]
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Feb 10, 14
Finger Yoga: Making Better Perspective Images
One of my favorite tips for creating better pieces of screen grab images or Studio renderings from Inventor has to be this little diddy. Most people know there is an ability to change the view orientation of the graphics interface from Orthographic to Perspective. In fact I use it so much for my training documents and design presentations that I keep it on my Navigation Bar at all times. To those of you that don't use this setting that often it will start [more...]
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Feb 7, 14
Autodesk Fusion Publisher 360 Beta - No Fusion 360 Needed!
Autodesk announced the kick off of a new beta for the next evolution of technical documentation of products created in the Fusion 360 product or your existing designs you transferred into Fusion 360. This technology has a very similar look and feel to it that the Inventor Publisher desktop application has but has even more capabilities for working with your design data. To participate in this beta you do not need a Fusion 360 account and there are even a b [more...]
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Jan 22, 14
Autodesk Force Effect Flow
Budding off my Autodesk Flow Design post on monday I thought I would follow it up with talking about the newest addition to the Force Effect family of Apps to the Apple Store. Now, unlike the other Force Effect Apps, this one is not yet available on the Google Play store, but that doesn't mean it won't be sometime in the future if history tells us anything. Powerful 2D flow simulation software on your iPad with Autodesk® ForceEffect™ Flow. Create freehand [more...]
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Jan 20, 14
Project Falcon Graduates to Autodesk Flow Design
Autodesk had a technology preview called Project Falcon, you can probably remember my blog post on it a while ago here. Autodesk has announced that this preview is now a full blown product called Autodesk Flow Design. Now this isn't a run of the mill change from preview to product. A lot of overhaul has gone into as far as interface and many other improvements such as... 64-bit solver process with greater access to memory Expanded graphics card and driver [more...]
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Jan 3, 14
Categorizing iPart Factories and iParts in Autodesk Vault
Vault Workgroup and Vault Professional 2014 have the ability to sort file types and place them into configured categories as they are checked into the Vault. Recently one of our Vault Experts, Pete Markovic, had someone ask him how to separate iPart Factories and iParts into separate categories. His solution was very easy using built in Vault file properties. First of all I want to make sure everyone knows what an iPart Factory and an iPart are. An Invento [more...]
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Jan 3, 14
Creating and Using Inventor Redlines - Part 3
The designer has received the redlined drawing and needs to make corrections. First the original Inventor Drawing is opened in Inventor. Next the Redlined DWFx file is opened. It will be added to the Drawing Browser as an overlay. You can cycle between the different browser views as shown. Right click on a redline markup in the browser to expose various commands on the context menu. Select Properties to show information about the markup including who creat [more...]
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Jan 3, 14
Creating and Using Inventor Redlines - Part 2
I pick up the DWFx redline process as the Design Checker opens it in Design Review 2013. Just a note here than Autodesk did not create Design Review 2014 so you do not have to go looking for it. I wanted to point out a cool way to move between sheets and views before I get to redlining the drawing. If you hover over a section line, section note, detail view or detail note you will get a message to Ctrl click to follow link. It is a cool way to move between [more...]
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Jan 3, 14
Creating and Using Inventor Redlines - Part 1
Every Engineering Checker or Drawing Manager faces the challenge of communicating design changes or corrections to their design team. Sure you can print a check drawing, grab a red pen, make corrections and then hope it gets back to the designer to make changes. The drawing could get lost in the shuffle, get coffee spills on it or worse get ignored all together in that landfill on the designer's desk. The Inventor software teamed up with Design Review allo [more...]
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