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3 for 1……Three quick tips in one

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Keyboard shortcuts, Sketch Pattern Settings and Repeat Workplanes………

Today I just wanted to quickly highlight a few tips that I felt were easy to apply soon after you see the video.

Keyboard Shortcuts – I started on AutoCAD and love typing commands!

Sketch Pattern Settings – When using the Sketch Pattern command I like having a bit more flexibility in case i was creating something like offset work planes that i want to control from a sketch.

Repeat – When i create work planes sometimes I need more than one at a time, so just Right Click and toggle on repeat.


Enjoy, Kevin with the INCAT CAD GEEKS

View Representations or Level of Detail What’s Right For You?

You can save both types of representation with a name and activate it for modeling tasks or select it for creating drawings, presentations, and derived assemblies. So which one makes sense. If working in large assemblies LOD has the advantage. This allows you to suppress components to save memory the negative is when adding a component to your assembly it automatically gets added to all LOD you have created. View Representations takes over there allowing you to lock each representation created so when adding components they can be added to the master without affecting the others but has no memory saving option. In a perfect world LOD with ability to lock representation would be great.

Check out my video of how to do this.

Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Interference Check Mate! – I Win Again

We have all had the misfortune of being strapped of time and rushed through making designs in our past. Don’t you wish you had the tool in 2D to check your assembly for crashes and interferennces?

Inventor to the rescue! When making your designs in 3D with Inventor, you can always take a check of the assembly to see what is crashing or not.

I whish I had this back in the old days of 2D…..would have made some of my days alot easier.

Watch the video here:


Jim……Another one of the INCAT CAD Geeks.

Explicit angles instead of Expletives for angles

New to the upcoming Inventor 2009 is an option in the “Angle” assembly constraint called “Explicit Reference Vector”. This allows us to define a direction perpendicular to the rotation direction and thereby enforce the “right hand rule”. Check out this video for an example:

Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks.


Well, we have all been there. Trying to accomplish what seems like a simple task on our computer only to find that it just isn’t working. On almost every application there is a help pulldown menu. How “helpful” is it to a specific task you are trying to accomplish? Take a look at most of them and they quickly lead to extensive searching and some really dry reading. Most of us are lead to “Google it” or some other web search engine to find some real answers (which might be how you found our website). Autodesk has done a really nice job of adding very useful information right from the help menu. From traditional Help topics to What’s new, Tutorials and Skill builders there is a lot of useful information included right from the help menu.

Check it out, it might make you feel a little less helpless.


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John with the INCAT CAD Geeks.
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