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Wouldn’t it be great to use custom shapes with Frame Generator?

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Well now you can with a simple download utility available at
If you have not visited this site it’s a must. There are many great utilities available for your use. Today I will cover the steps it takes to add your custom content to your Frame Generator library. So if you’re in need to work with extruded shapes or just unique shapes watch and learn how simple it is when using the customization tool. I will start with the shape of choice, constrained in my sketch and extruded noting which parameters/dimensions may need to be altered when selecting our material size using Frame Generator. Then I will proceed with the use of the customization tool to capture and define my new shape.

Check out my video of how to do this.


Dave Another one of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Sheet metal to DXF for burning

I have a lot of sheet metal parts to get made and I keep saving out my IDW as a DWG and creating a DXF after I clean up the profile in ACAD, isn’t there a faster way to get this done?

I get this question a lot. The answer is yes there is. If you are using Inventor to design your sheet metal parts you can use the flat pattern to generate a cleaned up dxf with layer mapping.

Check out this quick video on how its done.
Keep crankin’ out the parts!

Another one of the INCAT CAD Geeks!

How do you know which Inventor Drawings to update…

Using Autodesk Vault, the status of any file can be determined at a moments notice. This can be a life saver to anyone detailing drawings and needing to update them after a design has been modified.

The following video shows how to set up the “File Status” option, and how it can be used with Inventor:

Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Pick a Winner!

Well, I’m on the road again. What benefit does that have? I get to learn more about how actual users are USING Inventor in their day to day activities. It also allows me to make their job easier by showing them things that may be under their noses but they don’t understand how to fully use it. For instance, take the selection filters in Inventor. Too often I see users using AutoCAD commands (window, ctrl key, picking individual, etc.) to select objects in their assemblies. There are a wide variety of selection filters based on what you really want to select waiting for you to explore.
Check out the video to see just a few of them in action.
Happy Picking!
John with the INCAT CAD Geeks

Picking out your names………dimension names that is

One of the most commonly overlooked features within Inventor is the ability to create realtionships between your part dimensions. However out of the box your dimenisons only get a generic name using some D value that increments when you place each one. Check out this video to see how you might be able to benefit from the naming.

Before Naming….

After Naming…….

Enjoy Kevin with the INCAT CAD Geeks

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