Check out this great video from our very own Caleb Funk on the awesomeness of Inventor LT for those not needing the full Inventor Suite capabilities. As you may or may not know Inventor LT can be purchased with AutoCAD LT as a Suite and save you a bundle!
Autodesk Labs has launched project Twitch. This technology preview is a test into cloud computing and allows users to run AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, and Maya remotely from the Autodesk servers in the San Fransisco Bay area around a 1000 mile radius.
Now the idea is really novel and a good use of future way to work with Autodesk software, but since it is extremely geographically limited it does not allow a large feedback pool. I suppose that is why it is called Twitch (in reference to a horse restraint maybe). It allows a certain degree of free testing usage without download or local installation and could possibly solve a lot of company issues if the technology takes off.
Cloud computing seems to be a big focus this year in technology and I can't wait to see what this small study finds. This may change the way your company uses and licenses Inventor in the future and has great capabilities for remote users or frequent business travelers.
AutoCAD Electrical contains many ways to track your design. One of them is the Project Descriptions which can be mapped to the Automatic Title Block updating.
However, out of the box Project Descriptions are not that intuitive to your company's needs.
This is easily solved by created a file called default_wdtitle.wdl which is essentially a text file with a renamed extension to match what AutoCAD Electrical reads as a Description Line mapping file.
Inside the text file setup your mapping as you see below
LINE1=Project LINE2=Job Number LINE3=Client
Save the txt file as a wdl extension and put it in either your ACADE support directory for all projects or in your project folder for single project mapping. If you have more than one WDP project in a folder the file can be renamed to be project specific such as MODULE02_wdtitle.wdl instead. The next time you read the Project Descriptions, the mapping will automatically take place and you will enhance your design tracking and make your title block setup a lot easier to manage.
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In my ongoing series of Inventor Customizations we will take a
look at some options for iFeatures placement and browser recognition.
Inventor's iFeatures allow users reuse and repetitive geometry
without having to remodel it from scratch each time. Typically these
types of features are industry, company, or design specific. Commonly
these types of features help the standardization of designs for both
standard products and new design concepts.
The creation of an iFeature (.ide file extension) usually evolves
from a couple of factors in design.
Does this geometry need to be standardized due to varying user
Does your company create geometry that is used as a standard in
Does your design commonly go through iterations or design
improvements that require remodeling?
Will the geometry be used to retrofit older designs and models?
After you have a case for an iFeature, to aid in adoption of the
iFeature it usually needs two things. First is the ability for anyone
to place it correctly. Second is the ability to recognize it in the
design for modification.
In order to facilitate correct placement of an iFeature a Placement
Help option is preferred. This is a file that is embedded to the actual
iFeature when created and hence becomes available during placement.
First up, draft a Word document or Adobe PDF or even a simple image of
what needs to be done with your authored iFeature to correctly place it.
Use the Insert Object command in the iFeature file and choose the
Create From File option without linking the file.
Next, expand the 3rd party dialog box and right click on the new
object and choose Placement Help.
Now when you are placing an iFeature the little blue i icon will be
available to show the user how to place your repetitive geometry.
More customization can also be had inside the iFeature dialog to
create your own custom imagery for the browser tree icons. This will
help users tell the geometry apart from other Inventor iFeatures. For
instance, if you are using more than one iFeature in a file it would be
best to tell a visual difference in the browser, and it can be good for a
change of pace of the normal icon. Simply start the Change Icon
command inside the iFeature file. Here you will be able to change the
color and design of the browser image. NOTE: If you want a clear
background you have to choose the Magenta color as a back fill (see
Now when the iFeature is used it will have a distinguishable icon in
the browser to determine the geometry it represents or maybe just a
company logo to show that it is your standardization. NOTE:
Inventor needs to be restarted in order for the icon changes to take
effect in the iFeature placement flyout (Manage Tab, Insert Panel).
Notice some of these do not have icons and others do.
The browser can be further enhanced with the Application option of
Key 1 as Browser Name. Which will put the first filter key from a table
driven iFeature behind the name of the iFeature in your model history.
I hope you enjoyed this deeper look into Inventor customization of