Use “Extend Start” to create Recess Countersunk Holes!

Use “Extend Start” to create Recess Countersunk Holes!

Require a Recessed Countersunk Hole? The Hole Tool in Inventor 2018 has received a new option, that new option is the “Extend Start” tool.   If you have created holes that are not perpendicular to the start plane, you will have noticed a fragment of material left behind in the hole. See an example of this…

Inventor – Project an Implied Intersection for a Drawing Dimension

Inventor – Project an Implied Intersection for a Drawing Dimension

Inventor users, have you ever wondered how to create a dimension to the imaginary point at which two drawing lines would meet? Sometimes you need to draw a dimension starting or finishing at the intersection between two projected surfaces each side of a sheet metal bend. Inventor’s drawing environment includes a great tool to achieve…

Keyboard Aliases in Autodesk Inventor 2017

Keyboard Aliases in Autodesk Inventor 2017

Some of you may have noticed that Keyboard Aliases in Autodesk Inventor have been re-assigned. For example, where in previous releases of Autodesk Inventor, c = circle in the sketch environment, now you must use a combination of CTRL+SHIFT+C. Autodesk have made the sketch commands always available to work faster, it is not necessary to…

Shrinkwrap Sub-Assemblies using the Task Scheduler

Shrinkwrap Sub-Assemblies using the Task Scheduler

Use the Task Scheduler to group individual Shrinkwrapping jobs into a single, multi-file task. You will be aware of the Shrinkwrap function within Inventor, where an Assembly is simplified into a single IPT file (which is then substituted back into the Parent Assembly). Shrinkwrapping has several options where you can choose to create a single…

Create a Flexible Hose Route

Create a Flexible Hose Route

Inventors Tube and Pipe Tools – Create a Flexible Hose Route The Tube and Pipe Environment in Inventor uses tools that are different to the tools normally associated with 3D modelling, and as such present a unique challenge to seasoned designers who have many years’ experience modelling their designs. When starting out with the Tube…

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT – Taking the Angst out of Annotations

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT – Taking the Angst out of Annotations

Working with Viewports in Layouts is a very powerful method of seeing your design over several scaled views to give overall and detail drawings. In the image below the Dimensions and Text are visible in both Viewports. Ideally these objects (Annotations) should be all the same size on the final plotted sheet. AutoCAD’s Annotation Scale…

The Ribbon looks cool but the Keyboard is faster

The Ribbon looks cool but the Keyboard is faster

AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT allow you to issue commands via the Ribbon by selecting ICONS within GROUPS laid out on TABS. Sometimes you will have to click several places to navigate to the icon you require. With practice, using the keyboard to issue commands can be a much faster method of communicating with AutoCAD. Keyboard…

How much oil / water / air in that system?

How much oil / water / air in that system?

Those of you using the Inventor Tube and Pipe Environment to populate your designs with welded pipe, tube and fittings, flexible hose or a combination of all three will have asked or been asked this question; How much oil / water / air in that system?  To answer this question, some additional work has to…

Free eBook ~ Design Right by Autodesk – Learn Engineering Statics with ForceEffect

Free eBook ~ Design Right by Autodesk – Learn Engineering Statics with ForceEffect

Primarily aimed at Engineering Students and non-engineers, this freely offered ebook is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iPad. Multi-touch books with interactive features may work best on an iPad. Description Designing a product to work right can make the difference between a disappointing or great experience for the user; But it…

Inventor Pack and Go, Explained

Inventor Pack and Go, Explained

There are lots and lots of pack and go blog posts out there, so there’s no shortage of information about the topic, however, I decided to write my own article to explain the tool in (hopefully) the simplest and easiest terms so you can start using it and understand what it is you are actually…