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A simple but useful feature has been included in Inventor 2009…. Place Component Orientation. What this allows you to do is place multiple instances of a component into your assembly based on the LAST INSTANCE orientation. That’s right….place a component and position it where you like in your assembly based on the last occurrence. An option in the Application Options allows you to place subsequent instances in the assembly in the same orientation as the last placed instance. This will allow you to insert many components into your designs without having a one and only default orientation. This should make it easier to place multiple components in your designs without having to constantly re-orientate it to what your design dictates.

Check out this Short Video to Show You How:
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John with the INCAT CAD Geeks.

Digital Prototyping Task List – #2 "Contact Sets"

As mentioned a few weeks back we all need to create a Digital Prototyping Task List.

Digital Prototyping Task List – #2 “Contact Sets”

Contact sets allow you to check where your assembly interferences take place based on the degrees of freedom. Basically all you need to do it select which parts you want to check, right click turn on Contact Set for each, then use drive and or drag to see where you will interfere with other parts.

Within Document Settings you can also adjust if you want to run this on all parts or just the ones you have in the contact set.

Check out this short highlight video to get you started with DP task #2.


Kevin with the INCAT CAD Geeks

Center of Attention, with Inventor 2009

We all know that one person you needs to be the center of attention. When we relate that back to Inventor we could always display the Center of Gravity (COG) and receive X,Y,Z, but not much more. With 2009 Inventor we have some long awaited abilities to utilize the COG. The COG glyph now displays in a part or assembly model with three planes and a point. You can select the planes or point when measuring from an object to the center of gravity. To select the planes or center point, Selection Priority must be set to Feature Priority or lower. You can also resize the planes of the glyph to better match your visual and selection requirements.
To identify and document the center of gravity location in a drawing view, you can select to have a center mark display at the current calculated center of gravity for the model. The center mark’s location is associative to the model and you can add annotation to the center mark. In the past you may have done this with adding a sketch point or something else to represent the COG.

Check out my video of how to do this.

Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Will you make your POINT already!…PLEASE

In the days of old when knights were bold and pistols weren’t invented. Oops, that is a different story. Ah yes a point, there needs to be a point. Let’s take a look at that idea for makng extrusions in Inventor. In the past there were not options to extrude to work points or sketch points, you needed a plane, feature or a known distance.
Well in Inventor 2009 there is added functionality for this work flow. We can now put in a work point or sketch in a point and use that to drive the distance of an extrusion.

Enjoy it,
Jim….Another one of the INCAT CAD Geeks!

Assembly Instructions DWF

One of the forgetten uses of presentation files in Inventor is for creating great animated assembly instructions. These can easily be published to DWF for free viewing through Autodesk Design Review (free download from

Take a look at this video for the general creation and publishing process:

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Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks
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