How to fix stray drawing views in Autodesk Inventor

How to fix stray drawing views in Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk has developed the Inventor drawing environment nicely over the years, to the point where it’s arguably one of the easiest CAD applications to use when drafting. BUT, occasionally you will stumble upon this scenario: You’ve crafted a beautiful drawing of an assembly, then the next day you come into work, and open it up…

Autodesk Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2

Autodesk Inventor 2014 Service Pack 2

This morning I woke up to an email in my Inbox from Autodesk. They were kindly informing me they have now released a Service Pack, which fixed issues relating to a number of crash reports I had submitted in the last few months. So I thought I would share my example, then go onto let…

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…

The best integrated CAM for Inventor is here!

The best integrated CAM for Inventor is here!

Some of you may have already tried the completely free 2.5D CAM solution from Autodesk called Inventor HSMExpress. To take it to the next level with 3D surfacing and other high-speed strategies, Autodesk Inventor HSM is now commercially available. See more info in link below: http://inthefold.autodesk.com/in_the_fold/2014/04/integrated-cam-for-autodesk-inventor-officially-here.html Please note that the pricing you see on the…

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…

What’s new in the 2015 Product and Factory Design Suites?

What’s new in the 2015 Product and Factory Design Suites?

It’s that time of year again. At the end of last week, Autodesk announced the new Product Design and Factory Design Suites. Having fielded many questions from customers eager to find out what’s coming, we can now let you all know. The link below will give you the run-down on the suites. You’ll find some…

Customise Punch Notes for the Table Driven Sheet-Metal Punch Tool

Customise Punch Notes for the Table Driven Sheet-Metal Punch Tool

In my previous post I explained how to create a table driven punch tool with the ability to add many different punch sizes. By Default the punch is assigned a Punch ID number, which can be referenced in the drawing as a Punch Note. Customising the Punch Note can add intelligence to that note and…

Community | How to fix missing flat pattern views in Autodesk Inventor

So, you have a carefully crafted Inventor drawing detailing your flat patterned part & Inventor kindly decides to remove the flat pattern. What? Why? I honestly couldn’t tell you. So what’s the best way to fix it? Well, one of our Australian cousins has figured out a tidy solution. Sure it shouldn’t happen in the…

Getting Started with Inventor HSM Express

Getting Started with Inventor HSM Express

Are you an Autodesk Inventor user? Are you new to Inventor HSM Express? Join Autodesk for their getting started webcast and get your questions answered and get up and running! This session is even at a reasonable kiwi time – Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Click here to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/917462945

Bend allowance when using Autodesk Inventor’s “Bend Part” feature.

Bend allowance when using Autodesk Inventor’s “Bend Part” feature.

Most users of the Sheetmetal tools in Autodesk Inventor are familiar with bend allowances (usually using k-factor), which allow them to “calibrate” their inventor models to ensure that the flat patterns it creates will produce accurate blanks. This is necessary to produce accurate finished parts. Recently a customer contacted us to ask us if similar…