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Factory Design Suite – Working with Elevations and Sub-Layouts

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I have run across a common misconception about the Factory Design Suite and that is it’s ability to work with elevations.  This post will talk about a few different ways to work with elevations and some of the functionality that lives inside of this unique set of tools.  The main tool I will use is creating sub-layouts that I relate back to layers but really they are sub-assemblies.  When creating a sub-layout you have the ability to offset the original flush constraint (consider it a work plane) any positive or negative distance.  Take a look at the video and like always if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to the cadgeek team.

Video Link: Factory Design Suite – Working with Elevations and Sub-Layouts


3DS Max Animation from Inventor Geometry

Check out this example of importing Autodesk Inventor geometry into 3DS Max Design and creating a simple keyframe animation.

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Fix those Assembly Constraints!

One of the more difficult challenges in large assembly modeling is keeping track of which constraints are doing what.  This typically results in failed or conflicting constraints.  Inventor 2011 has a new constraint failure analysis tool that can help you figure out the correct solution.  Just follow the steps below or watch a video of the tool in action HERE.

1. Notice the failed mate constraint in the model browser.

2. Right click the failed constraint and pick “Diagnose”.

3. Use the tool to break constraints and check the results.

Awsome Inventor performance with “Quick File Open” option

If you haven’t seen Inventor 2011 yet (or even if you have), you really should check out this new option when working on large assemblies.  Rather than waiting around for your large assembly to open every morning, it can now be cached and waiting for you.  The “Quick File Open” option is on the Files tab in Inventor’s Application options.  It can be set to cache the last assembly you opened, or all of the files related to a particular top level assembly.  The option you pick really depends on your personal work flow.  If you typically work on many design tasks for one top level project the second option might be best for you.

The “Quick File Open” option in Inventor 2011.

Contributed by Ben of the Tata Technologies CAD Geeks

Inventor UCS, Use Constraint Sets

This feature was new to Inventor 2010 and with the next release on the way, I wanted to get this one in our blog. User Coordinate Systems in Inventor. I have found many interesting ways to implement this for customers over the year. In a single part you can use this to locate a new 0X,0Y,0Z, or just locate a specific connection point. Then in the assembly this works great for constraining parts together based on that known point instead of using three or more assembly constraints. This can be done easily using the Constraint Set constraint in the assembly environment. It allows you to quickly put components together based on mating UCS axis, and planes in a few clicks.

Added By Rodney, another one of those CAD Geeks.
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