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Assembly visibility settings in Inventor

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I sometimes run across an Inventor user that has played around with some of the “settings” and now they can’t clearly tell which part they are editing in the context of their assembly. This is usually due to the “Component Opacity” setting that is commonly overlooked (or turned on without knowing what it does). Take a look at the following video for an example of the component opacity as well as another overlooked visibility option.

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Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

One Section At A Time

Have you ever had the need to look at an assembly and figure out what’s going on with the inner workings of some of the parts. It would be nice if you could “Dynamic Section” the assembly so you could drag a cut plane through the assembly and get a cross section. The DWF viewer offers this functionality as part of it’s tool set. You can accomplish this in Inventor as well if you follow this short video on how to dynamically section an assembly….

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Hope this help “see” your designs a little better.

John With the INCAT CAD Geeks

Stop the "Save Copy As" madness: Copy Components instead

I often hear people say they have to use the “Save copy As” option in Inventor in order to create a “similar” component as one already in their design. In most of these cases they just happened to overlook the “Copy Component” tool in Inventor’s assembly panel. The Copy Component tool allows us to copy parts and assemblies within our current design and place them with new file names into our current window. This requires about half the time as the Save Copy As workflow. Check out an example in this video:

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Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Advanced Simulation on Autodesk Labs

I just found the time to check out the new Advanced Simulation technology preview on Autodesk Labs, and I am mightily impressed with the direction Autodesk is taking this technology. You can define all kinds of design variants and design criteria to use in a functional study.

Take a look at this video for an example of this new technology in use:
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Contributed by Ben of the INCAT CAD Geeks

Added Functionality – Assembly Tools

Looking back through some of the past posts that we have done I saw the one about additional tools for drawings.

Well there are a whole lot more tools in this area that I wanted to give a preview to.

I found one that I use often in assemblies to check how many DOF or Degrees of Freedom are on a part.

Another really cool one is the ability to sort out your model tree alphabetically.

These can be found in the install path for your Inventor software.
i.e. – C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor 2009\SDK
Run the user tools install.
Then look here:
C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor 2009\SDK\UserTools\AssemblyTools

Check out my video here:

Enjoy,
Jim……Another INCAT CAD Geek.

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