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Jul 26, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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Jul 12, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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Jul 1, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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Jun 22, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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, 15
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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Mar 14, 15
Improved Inventor Offset Command
Inventor 2015 has improved the Offset command and it now functions as we all have expected it should for many years. In the past when you execute the Offset comand and selected sketch geometry, you would drag it to the desired position but it did not offer a way to specify the offset distance will dragging. This function is now available in Inventor 2015. Left click on the geometry you wish to offset and as you drag, you will recieve the "Heads Up Display" [more...]
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Feb 27, 15
Simulation for the Modern Manufaturer webcast
This past Wednesday IMAGINiT conducted a webcast focusing on simulation tools. John Twerdok from Autodesk discussed trends that are occurring in simulation tools and engineering. Garret Rausch, an engineering manager with Menges Roller, discussed how simulation tools have benefitted his company. And Carl Smith discussed how to review your process to find the areas that would benefit most from this technology. You can view the webcast recording here on our [more...]
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Feb 27, 15
Adding Inventor Part Sketches to Drawings
From time to time you will have an Inventor part which either entirely consists of parametric sketches or will contain both 3D model features and sketches. The process of placing the sketch entities on the drawing will vary slightly between the two situations. If your part contains only sketch entities, when you place the part model on a drawing view the sketch entities show up immediately. If you place a part model consisting of both 3D model features and [more...]
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Feb 25, 15
Autodesk Vault and Revisions - Part 1
I spend a large part of my day talking to people about data management in general, and Autodesk Vault in particular. One frequently asked question is How do the revisions work in Vault? There is a lot wrapped up in that question. A lot of times what clients are actually asking me is, How can I protect my designs? or How can I ensure that the shop is using the correct file? This post is the first in a series that will attempt to answer those questions. Unde [more...]
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Feb 21, 15
Creating Reference Geometry During an Inventor Sketch
There are three basic methods of creating reference geometry from existing edges and points when creating a new sketch in Inventor. We will make an assumption here just to be clear, all the existing edges and points are on the same plane as the new sketch. The first method is to use the "Project Geometry" command and either select the desired edges or select somewhere on the sketch surface to project all edges and points at once. This method assumes that t [more...]
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Feb 16, 15
Replacing an Inventor Component with Similar but Different One
There are a number of ways to accomplish this task. As you become more proficent in the use of Inventor, you will be interested in developing more efficient practices and methods for modeling and creating drawings. This article will explore one of the assembly productivity tools, Save and Replace Component, as well as the drawing tool, Replace Model Reference, as one of these methods. The design is a small machine which has a base plate with two mounting h [more...]
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Feb 13, 15
Learn how to Produce More Innovative Products, Faster and Easier with Simulation at our Upcoming Webcast
Simulation for the Modern Manufacturer Wednesday, February 25 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time Join us at this online discussion and gain insight into the future direction of simulation and learn how the right simulation tools can get your products to market faster while increasing your ROI. Key Takeaways Autodesk expert provides a glimpse into the future of simulation technology Menges Roller shares their experience with implementing a simulation solution I [more...]
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Feb 12, 15
How to Use Inventor Sketch Block Dimensions in Other Feature Sketches
Inventor sketch blocks are great ways to keep common sketches in your Inventor part template. If you have common modeling features that require the same parametric sketch, Inventor sketch blocks can really speed the process of modeling. An example of this can be found in the modeling of a seal groove in a flange fitting. The fitting flange will change size and the seal groove will also but it is still the same basic sketch so it could be an Inventor sketch [more...]
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Feb 7, 15
How to Add Synchronous Belts to Inventor Design Accelerator
Designing synchronous belt drives using the Design Accelerator in Inventor makes the task a very simple process. Not only does the application design and model the drive components but it will do the required calculations to make sure your drive will transmit the required horsepower or torque. The only regret I hear from designers is that the database does not contain all the desired synchronous belts or there are large gaps between the database size listi [more...]
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Feb 4, 15
IMAGINiT Tech Tip | Autodesk Inventor Boss Command
In this Tech Tip, we are continuing our deep dive into the Plastic Part commands of Autodesk Inventor. This time around we are going to take charge of our plastic parts with the Boss command. At the end of this post you should be able to tackle tough plastic part designs...like a Boss. This tool is just about the best thing for plastic connection methods for Autodesk Inventor designs. What is fantastic about it as a tool in general is that includes so many [more...]
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