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The ability of Inventor to integrate AutoCAD means that previous efforts will not go to waste. Today, we will see this in action as blocks created in AutoCAD almost come to life in the Simulation environment of Inventor Professional.

With the ability to reuse designs from AutoCAD, analyzing concepts in the first few phases of the Digital Prototype becomes a snap.

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Blogged by Jason, yet another Cad Geek

Part Fill Analysis – Inventor Tooling

When working within the injection mold industry there seems to be a lot of money for someone to make. One area that does real well are the company’s manufacturing the mold designs themselves not normally for the first design but the rework to follow.
Autodesk Inventor tooling has some great analysis built into it that will allow us to:
Identify Part Defects—pinpoint the severity and location of potential manufacturing defects, such as weld lines and air traps. Then, make design changes to avoid these problems.
A part fill analysis evaluates an individual plastic part. Fill analyses answer the following questions:
1. Will the injection molding process produce parts of acceptable quality?
2. Which material should be used?
3. What are the optimal process settings?
4. How many gate locations are required and how will this affect mold filling?
5. Where are the potential defects such as weld lines and air traps?
After the analysis is complete we have the ability to investigate the following results:
Fill time result – The Fill time result shows the position of the flow front at regular intervals as the cavity fills.
Confidence of fill result – The Confidence of fill result displays the probability of plastic filling a region within the cavity under conventional injection molding conditions.
Quality prediction result – The Quality prediction result is used to estimate the quality of the mechanical properties and appearance of the part. This result is derived from the pressure, temperature and other results.
Air traps result – The Air traps result shows a thin, continuous line wherever an air trap is likely to occur.
Weld lines result – The Weld Lines result displays the angle of convergence as two flow fronts meet.
Having this easy to use functionality and others we can produce a better plastic part and overall mold design which will lead to much less rework and a better mold design the first time.

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Created by one of the Cad Geeks

Combine drawing templates using Sheet Formats!

In my travels I still see a lot users thinking they need a separate template file for each sheet size. This isn’t wrong, it works well for AutoCAD but Inventor has a solution and they’re called Sheet Formats!

A sheet format is a saved combination of…
• Size
• Landscape/Portrait
• a Title Block
• a Border and…
• Base and Projected Views
Watch and Learn!
Blogged by Josh, Yet another CAD Geek

Automating Inventor

Tata Technologies recently conducted an “Intro To Design Automation With Autodesk Inventor” webinar. This webinar is currently still available for review at:

To review any past webinars you can find them at:

This Automation webcast offered a look into a scalable and affordable path for adding design automation to your Autodesk Inventor workflows. Adding Automation to your design practices has some tremendous benefits like:

• Repetitive tasks done faster / more efficiently
• Reduce order-engineering throughput time
• Reduce order-engineering resources / costs
• Better Sales effectiveness
• Improved quality through consistency

We have also found from a short survey that many companies try to add some level of automation but never fully follow through with the idea due to:

• Knowledge
• Time
• Budget

As covered in the Design Automation with Autodesk Inventor webinar there are 3 ways of adding automation while using Autodesk Inventor:

• Inventor’s native tools
• Inventor iLogic
• Inventor Automation Professional

All 3 options allow for a scalable solution that build on one another and may only take a little time, knowledge and budget to quickly start realizing the benefits of automation.

At Tata Technologies we stand firm on the idea that an educated customer is our best customer. We provide our customers options during the process of investigating our products and services to allow the customer as much information as possible. If you would like to learn more:

• Request a phone call from one of our application engineers to talk about the technology and understand how it will benefit one’s business.
• Schedule a demonstration of Automation Technology
• Email us at for either of the above or any other needs.

Tata Technologies looks forward to working with you on all your future technical needs!!!

Have a safe and Happy Holiday,

The Tata Technologies CAD Geek Team

iProperties Button

If you want quick access to the iProperties command, you can have an iProperties button showing in the Inventor 2010 interface at all times:

Created by a resurrected CAD Geek.

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