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Although I’ve been doing a series on Design Accelerators, I wanted to touch on another aspect of auto creation and workflow with the Frame Generator. Today we’ll take a look at why it’s useful and time saving to create a frame in the context of an assembly using this tool. I’ll point out a few things like using projected geometry to act as the skeleton and how you can quickly and easily make updates with your model staying intact….


John with the INCAT CAD Geeks

What File is That?

A seemingly simple question was asked today by one of our long time clients. The question – When a view is created, how do you know where the file is (directory) so you can locate the file or files? Well, that seems like it would be easy. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that you can determine where the file is located….
Thanks to Dave Phillips at Advanced Design Solutions
John With the INCAT CAD Geeks

iParts to iFeatures – Bonus Tools 2009

One of the Bonus Tools added to Inventor gives you the ability to take an iPart and quickly turn it into an iFeature with the table.

This could save you a lot of time in adding a multi-function iFeature to your catalog.

Check out this quick Video:

Enjoy the new tools,

Jim…….Another INCAT CAD Geek!

Bonus Tools For Inventor!!!

Autodesk® Inventor® 2009 Subscription Bonus Pack continues focus on user productivity!

The first Subscription Bonus Pack is now available featuring improvements to frequently used commands. In fact, three of our current AUGI Top 10 wish list items are provided along with many other productivity based improvements for part and assembly modeling to drawing creation. Tools included in the Bonus Pack will reduce the amount of picks and clicks as well as reduce editing steps which will delight our customers. Our subscription customers will be able to install these tools to their current Inventor 2009 after downloading a small file from the subscription portal and these same tools will be rolled into the next release of Inventor.

What’s in it?

Drawing Manager Tools

Arrange dimensions
Dimension Selection Filters
Directly open a corresponding drawing right from a part or assembly
Refreshing drawing parameters
Balloon snap and alignment on placement
Project geometry works like part environment
Edit dimension upon placement

Part Modeling Tools
Create parameters on the fly when dimensioning
Specify iFeatures normal direction
Create iFeatures from iParts
Apply buttons on Scale and Rotate dialogs
Simplified loft selection through right click context menu

Assembly Design Tools

Bill of Material Editor
Shift or Control for contiguous or non-contiguous selection
Find and Replace
Cross highlight from the BOM editor and Assembly model
Auto Save Reminder

Where can they get it?

Our current Inventor subscription customers will be able to log in to the Autodesk Subscription website and download the small Bonus Pack.

Here is a Video of a Couple to wet your appetite:


Jim………..Another INCAT CAD Geek.

Inventor…One More Section at a Time

Last time I posted I showed how to to a dynamic assembly section in Inventor. This weeks post is a little simpler but may still save you time if you are unaware. Check it out.

See Video Here

Hope it save you a few steps…..

John With the INCAT CAD Geeks

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