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Inventor 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack Released

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Yesterday marked a good day for Autodesk customers who participate in Subscription.  The subscription advantage packs were released today for multiple product lines.  I will take a look at 3 features added into Inventor:

  • Dynamic Sectioning
  • Feature Auto-name
  • Flexible Drawing View Orientation

 

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Inventor 2011 Subscription Advantage Pack Released

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Want to review iProperty info before opening Inventor files?

Wouldn’t it be nice to verify iProperty information prior to utilizing a component in an Inventor design?  You can!  In Inventor 2011, the info-tip that shows up when hovering over a file can now be customized. 

This allows information to be verified before even opening or inserting components in an assembly.

Close That Sketch One Click

We have all seen all the great new features in Inventor 2011.  If it’s the dynamic input when sketching or the heads up display when using modeling features they are all very cool.  We often forget about the little things at times that can save us extra picks and clicks and one of those lives in our sketching environment.  A simple right click while sketching will give us the option to automatically close our sketch.  Let’s take a look at the video for an example.

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Close That Sketch One Click

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Inventor Tooling – Mold Kinematics

Something new in the Autodesk Inventor Tooling 2011 was the ability to have mold kinematics.  The new functionality works with the creation of positional representations within Inventor.  When selecting a tooling base from the library Inventor Tooling functionality automatically creates the positional representations for us.  In a two plate mold base it will create:

  • Master
  • Product Open
  • Ejection
  • Close
  • Free Drag

In a three plate mold base it will create:

  • Master
  • Runner Open
  • Sprue Open
  • Product Open
  • Ejection
  • Close
  • Free Drag

Once the positional representations are created you can use the representations in the studio environment to create a rendered animation.  Predefined constraints are also added when inserting a tooling base which will allow you to use the drive constraint command also.

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Inventor Tooling – Mold Kinematics

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Replacing models in Inventor 2011 drawings

One of the difficult things about reusing Inventor components and their drawings has been managing model references.  If a drawing is copied, by default it still references the original component it was detailing.  In Inventor 2011 there is now an option to replace the model reference with a new file.  This makes it much easier to copy a drawing to go along with its associated model. 

Watch a video example HERE.

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