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What's New in Autodesk Inventor 2018 – Interoperability
AnyCAD and Translator Enhancements AnyCAD Enhancements (not available in Inventor LT) Newer Versions of AnyCAD Formats are Supported  You must have the latest updates installed for your version of Inventor. Updates can be downloaded via the Autodesk desktop app or from manage.autodesk.com For more information, see About Importing Files from other CAD Systems.  Translator Enhancements CATIA R6 - V5-6R2016 is now supported.  For more information, see Translator Support.    DWG Underlay Enhancements   Insert a DWG File Directly into Your Assembly You can now import your DWG file directly into an assembly using the Place Components command. In the Place Component dialog box, you can now choose to include a DWG file as a placed component in your assembly.  Previously, you had to open DWG geometry in an assembly by placing a part file that contained DWG model geometry.  For more information, see About Importing Files from Other CAD Systems.    Select Multiple DWG Files When Creating More Than One Underlay You can now insert multiple DWG files directly into an Inventor assembly or part file to use as an associative DWG underlay.  When you place or import a DWG file into your part or assembly, any ...

What's New in Autodesk Inventor 2018 - Drawings
Drawing Open Enhancements The following changes occur in the lower section of the File Open dialog box:   The Find command is accessed via an icon  in the lower left section between the Help button and Quick Launch commands.  The Last Saved information is now below the thumbnail preview. A combo box for opening in Full or Defer mode is added between the Options…and Quick Launch buttons. Defer combines the previous Defer Updates and Fast Open commands into one action causing the drawing document to open without updating or loading reference documents (parts, assemblies, etc.).      In the File Open Options... dialog box the Full or Defer combo button replaces the Defer Updates and Fast Open checkboxes.    For more information, see To File Open Options - IDW Drawings Reference.  Drawing View Dialog Box  The Drawing View dialog box has been modestly rearranged to accommodate new options. These are the changes:  General The Preview in the lower left corner is ...

What's New in Autodesk Inventor 2018 - Assemblies
Shrinkwrap and BIM Content Enhancements Shrinkwrap tools have been enhanced for more control, improved user interface, and an improved workflow. The following are highlights of those improvements:  Access: Shrinkwrap is immediately accessible on the Assembly tab in the Simplification panel.  On first use of Shrinkwrap, for those acquainted with the legacy behavior, you will notice the consolidation of the dialog boxes. There is a single dialog box with three tabs.  Components tab - contains the document level information such as representations and the choices you have for removing components.  Features tab - contains the choices for easily defining which features to remove from the shrinkwrap part. You can retain specific feature types, remove them, or remove them by a range value. Additionally there are tools to help detect and preserve features.  Create tab - contains the file related information, shrinkwrap style, and other settings.  Highlights of the improved workflow:  Remove components that are invisible and/or within a specified size range and (optionally) interactively select those you want to keep.  ...

Modal-Based Definition Model-Based Definition (MBD), is a powerful new set of tools for adding annotations, GD&T, and other manufacturing information directly to a 3D part.  Tip: Be sure to check out the guided tutorial in the gallery to help you get started using the new commands.  3D Annotation To access the 3D annotation commands, use the new Annotate tab in a part file and add the manufacturing information directly to the 3D model.  Use the Tolerance Feature command to attach GD&T annotations, Feature Control Frames, and Datum Identifiers to part faces or features. Enable the Tolerance Advisor browser to check the health of your tolerance scheme and display information such as the following:    List of potentially problematic datums and Datum Reference Frames (DRF's).  Information about which features are not fully controlled.  Errors in a tolerance feature.        Tip: Right-click an entry and select More Information to open a help page specific to the message.    Use the General Annotation and Text commands to fully document your model.      Note: 3D annotations and view representations are displayed when you ...

Productivity and Performance Enhancements Productivity Improvements Easier access to Express mode Open for assemblies. In drawing views, a delay has been added to the view update when you are editing the scale. The delay allows you to enter the new scale without the view reacting to each number entered.  You can exclude surfaces from drawing views. In the Drawing View dialog box, on the Recovery Options tab, clear the checkbox on Include Surface Bodies.  In a deferred drawing, you can access Defer Updates from the context menu. The behavior is the same as if you were accessing the option from Document Settings.  You can change the view preview option from the Open dialog. Clear the check on the eyeglasses and the preview is a bounding box. Browser state icon for out of date components. Views with out of date components also get the state icon.    Parameters A Consumed by column is added to the parameters table to make it easy ...

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 ...

   Inventor 2017.3.1 Update (for Customers with Subscription)   Description of the Issues Addressed: When creating Break Out View Depth does not recognize tapped hole feature as selection with 'To Hole' option BOM export to xls no longer preserves trailing zero's Shape Generator browser entries aren't available when using custom material library iProperties Date changing when system clock changes with Daylight Savings Time Unexpected exit when updating iFeature Unexpected exit when export IDW to DXF Degenerated splines which aren't zero-length are not shown on Export Running macro incorrectly flags files as dirty An unintended line is created when exporting to PDF ActiveDocument should return Nothing and OnActiveWebView event should fire when MyHome is active ...

In this post I wanted to share with you a discovery I made recently while teaching an Inventor fundamentals class.  I was actually demonstrating the new DWG Underlay functionality, and afterwards, illustrating the annotation tools within Inventor, including the Hole Note tool.  What I received when trying to create a Hole Note was the following error message (see image below): Now for some backdrop on how I got this error.  The workflow you will see here is a valid scenario for bringing in AutoCAD DWG Underlays into Inventor, and then detailing the drawing.  The drawing file was imported into inventor, but the drawing was a Model Space only file, with the geometry to be used, scaled at 2:1. So, the geometry that I was projecting from AutoCAD to use to model my part was double the size.  I used the Direct Edit command with the Scale option to scale the part down by .5 , resulting in a model that was true to scale.  Finally, when detailing the drawing from this model, I tried to use the Hole and Thread note ...

A vast majority of software installs go without a hitch.  Inventor is no exception.  Occasionally though, installs can appear to go smoothly and it's not until you try to use certain functionality, that you realize that there are some problems.  I recently had a client experience issues when editing one of Inventor 2017's Content Center Family Tables.  Autodesk is aware of the problem and working on a fix.   If you've experienced anything similar, there is a workaround, but let me first describe the problem (Note: I was not able to reproduce the problem, and it may in fact be present due to other programs installed on the system). In this case in point, the user selected the ANSI S I-Beam family and did a Save Copy As, maintaining a Link to the parent family.  Once completed, he then proceeded to edit the newly created family using the Family Table Editor.  This is where things go awry.  By simply trying to modify the part number cells to align with his company standards, the other cells in the table automatically change ...

Administrators of Vault can pack Inventor designs into Vault easily and in bulk via the Autoloader.  However, often times an Inventor user, who isn’t on the Admin list, has built an Inventor model or assembly ‘on the side’ and is ready to add it into Vault.  The following outlines the steps that user can take to get an Inventor personal project into Vault. Preliminary Setup: If you haven’t already, access any existing Inventor Design stored in Vault.  This is done to build the folder structure needed to add the un-vaulted design. In my example, I have a design in my “D:\Projects\Inventor Projects” folder, while the Vault workspace is set to “D:\Projects\Vault Workspace 2017”. The Inventor assembly I will be moving over is a skid containing several sub-assemblies.  I will copy the entire folder structure of the skid assembly over to my “Vault Workspace 2017\Designs\DRH Inventor Designs”.  This folder corresponds to the Vault folder where I store my Inventor projects inside of Vault. Notice in the image above, I have already moved the Centrifugal Pump over.  I did not have to do this ahead of ...

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.

Assemblies   Multiple Enhancements to Analyze Interference The new option in Interference Analysis dialog box, Treat subassemblies as components, lets you treat sub-assemblies as single components and ignore the interferences within the sub-assemblies. The  Interference Detected  dialog box now includes:  Information about each interference.  Interference type filtering options. Focus on the information you need to check by including only the interferences you want to see.  ​**Note: The Reference components filter only displays when the assembly includes an AnyCAD reference imported 3rd party file. Ignore and Un-ignore options. You can: Right-click an item and select to ignore the selected volume or ignore all interference volumes less than a selected value. Select or deselect the Ignored filter to show or hide the ignored interferences in the list. **Note: An ignored interference is displayed with a cross line. Right-click an ignored interference ...

General Measure Enhancements  Easily restart Measure by clicking in the graphics window.    A Dual Unit, Foot-Architectural, is now available for Measure Distance, Loop, and Area. **Note: Fractions smaller than 1/128 are not supported**   Additional Workflow Enhancement You can now use a crossing window to select multiple closed profiles when creating features with the Revolve, Sweep, Coil, Chamfer, and Fillet commands.   3D PDF 3D PDF export is significantly faster and now supports View representation color overrides.   Sketch Select Tangencies Now Available within Project Geometry Command The Select Tangencies behavior, previously only available in Parts and Assemblies, is now also available in the sketch environment when the Project Geometry command is active. You can now quickly create a selection set of all the faces or edges tangent to each other in the sketch Project Geometry:  With the left mouse button, double-click a face or an edge. OR Select a face or an edge, right-click, and select Select Tangencies from the context menu.   Projected Sketch References are Now Maintained When Redefining a Sketch   Previously if you redefined the plane that a part ...

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 those user’s that are currently using Vault Pro 2017/Vault Workgroup 2017 I would like to share with you an add-in that is called “Autodesk Place from Vault 2017” which is a free download from the Autodesk App Store. This app allows users to directly insert a selected file from the Vault Explorer into the current open and active Inventor document. This is a great tool for those who prefer to search and identify files directly from Vault rather than using the CAD application dialogs.        Autodesk Place from Vault 2017-Additional Info

An issue that I ran across the other day using Inventor 2017 was my part file was acting like it was locked. This issue was not allowing me to edit or delete any features or sketches in my part file. In addition, only a couple of the commands in my ribbon were available and everything else was grayed out. Come to find out this has been an issue since Inventor 2015 and is currently being investigated by Autodesk for a possible cause and resolution. The good news is that there is a workaround which is shown below.     Issue: Features and Sketches unavailable   Workaround:   1.)    Close all documents.       2.)    Invoke the VBA Editor.     3.)    Within the editor under Application Project (Module1) add the following script.   Sub Test()     Dim oDoc As Document     Set oDoc = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument     oDoc.DisabledCommandTypes = 0 End Sub     4.)    Do not close the VBA Editor. Return back to the Inventor user interface and open the document that is locked. Once the document is open go back to the VBA Editor and run the script that was pasted into Module1.      After running the script the ...

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 ...

iLogic (not available in Inventor LT) iLogic Input Field Enhancement The iLogic input field in the InputListBox dialog box now automatically resizes to fit the width of the longest input string. Edit Rule Dialog Box Enhancements Use the new option, Save, to save your work as needed during an editing session without running the rule. The OK button is replaced by Save & Run: This option saves and runs the new or updated rule and closes the dialog box if successfully run. This option is disabled if the form is suppressed. Drawings Reorder Attached Balloons with the New Sort Balloons Context Menu Option (not available in Inventor LT) You can now reorder attached balloons by their value. First, attach balloons using the Attach Balloon From List context menu option. Then, after closing the Attach Balloon dialog box, right-click on the balloon stack and select Sort Balloons. Values are automatically reordered. Numeric attached balloons are reordered from smallest to largest. Alpha attached balloons are reordered from ...

General Improvements to Measure Command Precision Visual enhancement: A check mark  now displays next to the default Measure Distance, Angle, Loop, and AreaPrecision value when you access the list for the first time in a file. Previously the check mark only displayed after you made a selection.  Inventor 2017: The checked  measure precision value now persists across sessions in all files. Select a different measure precision value to change the default measure precision value. Previously when you changed the Precision value in existing files, the change was not maintained after saving, closing, and reopening the file.    Important: When you create a new template file in any new version of Inventor (for example Inventor 2017 R2, R3, 2018, and onward) the default measure precision value must be set in both Document Settings Units tab Modeling Dimension Display fields and in the Measure Precision value dialog box.    Enhancements to Projects dialog box (not available in Inventor LT) Access to the Configure Library dialog box has been simplified from two clicks to one click. The drop-down button with only one entry has been ...

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                    

Recently, I had a customer contact our support team in regards to a behavior after installing release 2017. He was having issues with his mouse lagging while panning and zooming and using Inventor generally.  He had been using 2016 without any issues. A quick search yielded a result on the Autodesk Inventor Troubleshooting site. I figured I would write about this, since it has the potential to be a common problem for users who also have Vault installed. In short, the fix (until Autodesk is able to produce a patch) is to disable the My Home tab in inventor. From the Tools tab, select Application Options.   In the General tab, the My Home option has been moved to the bottom right of the dialog.  Un-check the box as displayed below.  Click OK to dismiss the dialog box. The My Home tab is the cause, as it periodically checks the vault server to ensure that the vault status for each thumbnail preview is correct.  According to the article, this is the designed behavior but it is supposed to take place on ...

As the title implies, there is a Service Pack 1 for Inventor 2014.  After installing SP1, over time I began to see a pattern of problems, particularly with Content Center, in that it would just stop working and would lock up the application.  Also, I found that if I renamed a file in a project, then launched Inventor, that new named file would have problems.  I guess I wasn't the only one, because Autodesk released an Update 2 to Service Pack 1.  Odd name, but basically a fix for what SP1 and Update 1 broke.  The Update 2 to Service Pack 1 includes Update 1 so you will only need SP1 and Update 2. The link below will take you to the Update.Update 2 to Service Pack 1