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…

iLogic Screenshot tool

  Ever wanted to take screen-shots from Inventor at a pre-set resolution and ideally with a white background? You can “Export” an image file from Inventor, but it’s several clicks and you have to specify the resolution by typing it out in full if you want something specific like 1280×1024. The following code can be…

3D Printing + Autodesk

3D Printing + Autodesk

Over the last 10 to 15 years, huge advances have been made in 3D printing technology. Much like computers and other electronic devices, these amazing machines which were once all big, heavy, and very expensive have become a lot more accessible. As we travel around the country visiting clients, we are starting to see them…

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…

Autodesk Inventor 2015 Service Pack 1 Released

Autodesk Inventor 2015 Service Pack 1 Released

It’s that time of year again. September. The month where all the Autodesk Inventor hold outs start to feel more comfortable with the idea of upgrading to the next release, now is it the optimistic onset of spring? or more likely the traditional release date of Inventor’s first service pack for the latest version! Either…

View Rep. Associativity in Inventor – Wotizzit!?

Many of you have probably experienced the following frustration when using Inventor. You turn off the visibility of a workplane or part or something else in the main assembly, click “Ok” to some dialog that pops up and from that point on, visibility settings seem all whack and you get all sorts of things displayed…

Removing ‘Ghost’ image links from Inventor drawings to allow Check In to Vault

Removing ‘Ghost’ image links from Inventor drawings to allow Check In to Vault

I’ve had problems checking legacy drawings into a few sites I have gone to recently. I’ve generally been there to either get them back on board with Vault, or for a completely new implementation of Vault Basic, Workgroup or Professional. The problem seems to come about when these old drawings or the templates they were…

Autodesk Inventor iPart Best Practices

Autodesk Inventor iPart Best Practices

Have you ever wondered if there is a right way to manage your iParts? Do you often suffer with iPart members not generating how you would expect them to? Or regenerating the members results in broken links within your designs? Are you happy with the way your iPart member folders are named? If you are…

Bolted Connections do automatically update!

Bolted Connections do automatically update!

I have heard Inventor users say that the Design Accelerators are great, but they can be frustrating if they don’t automatically update with model changes.  “Bolted Connections” for example don’t update when you move one of the bolted objects, leading to misaligned bolt holes, wasted time, expensive rework etc.  In some cases I’ve heard that…