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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 ...

Yesterday AutoCAD 2018 was released by Autodesk.  If you don't yet see it in your Autodesk account or you don't yet have an Autodesk account then you can download your free trial here: AutoCAD 2018 Free Trial.   So what's new in this release of AutoCAD?   First and foremost, it must be known that the drawing format has changed to 2018.   Some of the highlighted enhancements include: Updates to PDF imports including better importation of geometry, SHX font files, fills, raster imagery and True Type fonts. The ability to fix broken external reference paths for externally referenced files. A stronger object selection to include items you've selected even if they pan or zoom off screen.  Updates to the user interface to include some of the more commonly used tools. High-resolution monitor support for the best possible viewing experience, even on 4K and higher resolution displays. And much more!!! Here is a general overview of the new features: Here is a link to all the ...

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 ...