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Using iLogic Design Copy is a great way to copy an assembly that is set up to drive parts from an assembly by using iLogic code.  The process to do this is fairly simple.     Make sure no files are open in Inventor.  The command will not exist in the TOOLS tab if you have any file open.   Once the Dialog Box is open, you can select the assembly you wish to copy.   All of the children of the assembly will be automatically selected. If you need this assembly design copied to a new project, you can enter that information in this dialog box.  It will automatically create the project name based on the location you store it in.  You can BROWSE or type in a path.  Also, notice that you can change the filenames of the parts with either a prefix or suffix.  Keep in mind that you will need to update any ...

 Click this Screencast to see how to insert a Factory Design Assembly into an AutoCAD Plant 3D model.

Assuredly and quite by accident, you have turned-off the little green dot that shows snapping in your Inventor sketch environment.  But now, how to get it back on?  The first thing to check is Constraint Settings from within the sketch environment or the Application Options from the Tools Ribbon tab.  But the other day, I had a call that said the settings were correct, but they still were not getting a green dot at the origin point of the sketch plane.  Come to find out, the point had not been projected.  We added it, and corrected the setting for that as well.  See the image below for the whereabouts to check your settings.

There will be times when you need to show the QTY's of multiple members of an iAssembly in your drawing Bill of Material. Here is how to do that: Create your iAssembly and your various configurations.  In this example, I have 2 configurations that need to be shown in the BOM.  As you can see below, by default it only shows the one I have placed on a drawing view. Right-click on the Parts List placed on the drawing and select "Edit Parts List" Next select the "MEMBER SELECTION" icon at the top of the dialog box and either select the members to show in the BOM or choose "YES TO ALL". Lastly, select OK and OK again.  You ...

  Have you ever had an issue where Inventor isn’t working as it should or experienced any of the issue’s shown below?   ·         Unable to export AutoCAD DWG ·         Unable to launch add-in ·         Add-In commands are grayed in the ribbon ·         Dialog boxes do not appear after launching a command ·         Import/Export commands do not function ·         Program crashes when entering add-in workspace   If so, Inventor has a tool that is called the "Inventor Reset Utility" that can aid in resolving some of the issues a user might be experiencing. Click on the link below for additional information and instructions on how to use this utility. Autodesk Inventor Reset Utility

For the Inventor users who are utilizing a high resolution computer monitor such as a 4K Ultra HD monitor you will probably notice that your viewcube is very small and you would like to make it larger. Below I will step you through the process of modifying the settings that control the size of this interface element.   Step 1: Within the Tools tab select Application Options.     Step 2: Select the Display tab and choose ViewCube.  Step 3: Within the ViewCube Options underneath Display select the drop-down menu for ViewCube Size and select “Large”. Click “OK”. Step 4: Click “OK” within the Application Options.   The image below shows the results of the changes that were made in the previous steps.      

The above image is an example of a common problem for Inventor users.  Though pictured is related to the Inventor Task Scheduler, it could be the same problem for the Project Editor, Inventor View, and other specific apps in the Autodesk / Inventor group.  It isn’t confined to a particular version nor to a specific operating system. It will most typically show up following the installation of Inventor service packs, updates, and hotfixes.  But it has also occurred following Windows Updates and even installation/updates to seemingly unrelated products (screen casting programs for example).  It can also happen if you bounce between two versions of Inventor, for example going from Inventor 2017 to Inventor 2016. The fixes could be one, two or all of the following.  I have ordered the fixes in the order that have offered the most success.  Please note, the following list may well require Admin privileges. 1.       Re-register: a.       Right-click the Windows Start button and select Command Prompt (Admin).  Don’t you just love DOS! b.      Type in (include quotes): cd “C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor 2017\bin” <Enter> c.       Open the Windows Task Manager, go to ...

Pattern, the term Inventor uses for duplicating geometry in sketches, features of parts, and parts in assemblies.  These Patterns can be rectangular, circular, reflective, and copy is a pattern in assemblies. The Circular Feature Pattern now has an Orientation toggle to add rotation to the feature if desired.  In the picture below, as we could always do, you see the Circular Pattern which rotated the feature as it goes around the base feature.  If we designed radial clock faces all day, then this is all we needed. Now, added in 2017, "It's about time", we have the Fixed toggle button that will maintain the Orientation of the feature as it is revolved. Let's take a closer look as well at the display of the feature being patterned.  Notice the green dot that is the current Base Point for the Orientation of the pattern. The Base Point can be moved to a different vertex, giving different results to the pattern. Picking different base points will give variations to the layout of the Circular Feature Pattern. But wait, that's not all with Patterns.  The Rectangular Pattern has ...

Under the category of Part Creation, a new Feature Relationship tool is available by right-clicking on the part in the Model Tree and then selecting Relationships. A bit of orientation on the model shown. Focus should be primarily on the Fillet1, Emboss1 and the Gold Revel. Also note, the Hole1 and Violet Revel for reference. Right-clicking on Fillet1 gives me the menu option to select Relationships... The Relationships Manager dialog shows that the Fillet1 has as parents (at the top of the dialog) the Trunk and the Cap.  Children are listed at the bottom of the dialog, and the two of importance for our feature highlight are Emboss1 and Gold Revel.  Notice too, that neither the Violet Revel nor the Hole1 are listed.  What we learn is that there is a parental relationship held by the Fillet1 (the actual lower edge) and the placement of the children Emboss1 and Gold Revel. The relationship, as designed, drives the placement of the Gold Revel and Emboss1.  If the Fillet1 radius changes, the two child features will reposition accordingly. In the following example, by changing ...

A new enhancement within Autodesk Inventor 2017 is being able to export a 3D PDF, which is another great way for collaborating with others in the day-to-day design process. Check out the video and link below to start utilizing this new feature.   Inventor 3D PDF's Video Additional Information on exporting 3D PDF's                    

A common question that I get from clients that are transitioning from AutoCAD to Inventor is, "Will I be able to use our 2D CAD part drawings within Inventor?" The answer is yes! This is possible with the 2D to 3D Tool. Not only is this possible, but it will also save you time in the long run by not having to create the part from scratch. First, you must download and install the 2D to 3D Tool from Autodesk Labs. With an empty part file (.ipt) or by having an active empty part in the assembly context, follow these simple steps:1. On the Sketch tab under the Insert panel, click on ACAD 2. Choose .dwg file, click Open3. In the Layers and Objects Import Options dialogue box, uncheck select all, choose the desired geometry, click Next4. In the Import Destination Options dialogue box, ensure that the Constrain End Points box is checked, click Finish, and click Finish Sketch5. Under the Model tab within the 2D to 3D panel, click on Base View6. Select the face for your base view on ...