It’s never been easier to take your 2D layouts and create 3D files inside of Inventor then it is now. The Autodesk Factory Design Suite 2012 allows you to share a common library of assets that are created inside of Inventor quickly lay them out inside of AutoCAD and produce those as 3D layouts with a single click. This workflow allows any AutoCAD user to quickly look at multiple layout scenarios without having the knowledge of Inventor to easily produce a 3D layout. This also holds true in the reverse where some can layout there their design intentions inside of Inventor and produce a associative layout inside of AutoCAD with a single click.
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Today we are taking a look at the interaction between Autodesk Inventor and AutoCAD Electrical. I will be using information from both systems to create 2D harness information in Electrical from Inventor and also completing a 3D harness design using information from Electrical. I will also be showing the nailboard drawing that can be created inside of the Inventor product.
With the tight integration of the Autodesk products, it is easy to re-use existing old AutoCAD data with Inventor. There are a few questions that come up all of the time when I’m working with companies who are making the transition from 2D to 3D.
How easy is it to use my 2D data and convert it to 3D?
We have over-ridden dimensions in AutoCAD. How will Inventor handle it?
Can I specify a base point when bringing in AutoCAD 2D data into Inventor?
With so many companies having to move to 3d today there can be a lot of out of the pocket expense not only for software but also for training there users also. Autodesk has a great workflow to allow companies to take baby steps in moving to 3D. This workflow will allow a company to model parts inside of Inventor and have the ability to do the detailing work inside of Autocad Mechanical with a direct link to that Inventor model. At the end of the day a company can spend less money on training and software and bring there entire design team up to speed as time permits with 3D. With the direct link to the model file the Autocad Mechanical users will be notified when there detail is out of sync with the Inventor model.