Windows 10 Update Potential Issue

The Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators Update may cause issues with some Autodesk software –  particularly Autodesk Vault.  The suspicion is that a .net update is the cause of the problems. More details to come. The default Windows Update settings should be changed to ‘Current Branch for Business’ to avoid this issue. Each company will…

Failed to update style using 3D Annotation

Failed to update style using 3D Annotation

Failed to update style” when trying to use 3D Annotation. The Styles Library in Inventor is one of those mysterious things that receives little attention.  Yet it controls everything from dimension styles in a drawing to the lighting in the model environment.  Each year, a fresh install of Inventor will create a fresh copy of…

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…

Notch, bend, and straighten in Inventor

Notch, bend, and straighten in Inventor

I was asked recently if there was a method to notch, bend, and straighten hollow sections using Inventor.  I’ve discovered a couple a couple of methods, both of which are shown below.  There are probably more, but these two look worthy of sharing.  If you have any feedback or want to suggest an alternative, please…

SouthMACH 17 – Celebrating the heartland of NZ Manufacturing

SouthMACH 17 – Celebrating the heartland of NZ Manufacturing

  SouthMACH 17 – The South Island’s Premier Technology Trade Show Run over two days (24-25 May) the show provided a great opportunity for the manufacturing community to come together under one roof to see all that’s new in the industry. Our stand at SouthMACH was busy throughout the two days, with plenty of existing…

Are your products running as well as they should be?

Are your products running as well as they should be?

Autodesk Inventor / Vault Updates (2016) Time to change the oil on your applications? It’s worth keeping an eye on the latest Inventor / Vault Updates that are released for your products. We’ve had a few cases recently of users reporting the following issues: New Copy Design (Vault 2016) – Part number property not updating (and…

Autodesk Manufacturing Innovation Update

Autodesk Manufacturing Innovation Update

Join Autodesk’s keynote speakers fresh from Autodesk University Australia 2016 in Auckland & Christchurch for a Manufacturing Innovation update – Register Now 4 Benefits when you attend Autodesk Manufacturing Event: Stay current with new trends and technology in the manufacturing industry. Learn from leading product experts and working professionals from Autodesk Connect with industry peers, thought leaders…

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…

HP Z Turbo Drive – For those speed freaks out there

HP Z Turbo Drive – For those speed freaks out there

HP Workstations with a HP Z Turbo Drive are now even faster than ever using PCIe Gen3 bus. Space is no longer a problem with upto 2TB per slot.

Beautiful machining or not so beautiful? That is the question.

Beautiful machining or not so beautiful? That is the question.

It can be surprisingly disappointing seeing your first few parts come off a CNC machine.  When you’re learning, or don’t have years of machining experience, getting the strategy right is just educated guesswork.  With Inventor HSM and Fusion 360, there’s a neat trick to seeing the finished article before you start cutting “real” material.