By Jennifer MacMillan
The workflow that was previously used in Autodesk Inventor to conduct measurements has been completely updated in 2018. Instead of multiple measure commands, there is now a single command that can be used to conduct many different types of measurements. The new command is located on either the Inspect or Tools tabs and is simply called Measure ( ). You can also access it in the Marking menu or when entering dimensional values during feature creation.
What I really like about this new tool:
- It is easy to use and very intuitive.
- All possible results for your reference selection are displayed in the Measure browser.
- The references are assigned colors. The first selection is blue and the second is green.
- The expandable and optional Advanced Setting area can define the precision and whether to display the result in multiple unit formats. If you don’t want to modify these settings, you don’t have to even look at this area.
- The orange measurement value in the Measure browser is the value displayed on the model. To display a different value, simply select it in the browser.
- To restart a measurement, left-click in the graphics window. Quick and easy!
- The tool is the same whether you are conducting a measurement in a part or assembly; however, in an assembly you are provided with a series of selection filter options to make selection easier.
Here are some measurement examples:
Measuring Entities and Points
- Select an edge to measure its length and select a second edge to measure the distance between them, as shown below.
- Select a circular edge to measure its diameter, radius, length, and angle, as shown below.
- Select a point to measure its location (X, Y, and Z) relative to the active coordinate system, as shown below. Select a second point to measure the distance between them. Individual position values are also measured. The midpoints of entities can also be selected as measurement references.
Measuring an Angle
- To measure an angular value, select linear references or faces as shown below. Alternatively, you can measure the angle created by three points by selecting the first two points, press and hold <Shift> and select the third point to define the angle. To measure the angular extent around a circular edge or arc, select it.
Measuring Planar Faces for Perimeter and Area
- Once a planar face is selected, the outside perimeter, the total loop perimeter (all edges that lie on the face), and the area of the face are displayed, as shown below.
Measuring Cylindrical Faces for Radius and Area
- Once a cylindrical reference is selected, the radius, diameter, total loop perimeter (all edges that lie on the face), and the area of the face are reported, as shown below.
Measure the Distance Between Components
To measure the minimum distance between components, change the filter option to Part or Component priority and then select two components in the model. Among other reported values, the Measure browser displays the minimum distance between the components, as well as individual solid volume measurements for each component.
I hope that this helps you become more familiar with using the new Measure tool in 2018! If you have any feedback please let me know. Good luck!