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Stop Constraining Common Parts Use iMate

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I see a lot of Inventor users spending time constraining commonly used parts. Utilizing iMate functionality can save time when constraining these commonly used parts. The idea of iMates is to create half of the constraint lets say on a library component which only needs to be done once, then the other half of the constraint to any item that may need that part constrained to it. You also have the ability to create groups of iMates called composites. With this you select a group of iMates from the browser right click and select create composite. You have multiple ways of controlling placement of iMates when inserting components into an assembly. If you are adding such a component and it has multiple placements inside of your design do a simple right click of your mouse to bring up some options for placement. From here you could just select place all matching iMates this will solve all matches; you have other options for filtering your selection also.

Check it out

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Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

First Ever….Inventor Web based user group meeting

Last week we hosted the first ever Inventor web based user group meeting. Over the last 4 years here at INCAT myself and my team have launched 5 land based user groups and 3 web based user groups. Last week was the kick off for the Inventor web based one, where as the other two focus on Data Management and AutoCAD Electrical. Learn more about our user groups HERE

We covered 4 topics:

  • 3d Grips
  • Imate basics
  • icheck for Inventor (3d CAD Standards Checker)
  • Highlighted a few Inventor 2009 new features

The recording of the webcast will be posted HERE and if you would like to sign up for future emails about our user groups please take this SURVEY Even if you didn’t make the meeting, this survey will allow you to tell us if you want future notifications about user groups etc.

Thanks and hopefully you can join us for a future meeting.

Kevin with the INCAT CAD Geeks

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