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Import an assembly, perform an FEA analysis, make changes and export… All in one fell swoop.

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That’s Autodesk Inventor with Fusion Technology in action.

Check out a video of the process HERE.

Importing Point Data from Excel Into Your Inventor Sketch

We often get asked how to bring point data into Autodesk Inventor for a variety of reasons.  In this post I will show how to set-up your excel file and the different options you have when importing this data.  You can import your data into either a 2D or 3D sketch.  Let’s take a look at this simple process.

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Importing Point Data from Excel Into Your Inventor Sketch

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Using Inventor Fusion to simplify downloaded or imported models

Many times when working with large assemblies, a large part of the design is comprised of purchased parts.  In many cases these are downloaded or imported from other sources.  If these components are more detailed than what is required in the assembly, the performance of your 3D software will suffer.

Inventor Fusion is a great way to import 3D models from a variety of sources, and thereby simplify the models for more efficient widespread use in large assemblies.  Check out this video HERE for an example of this in action.

Inventor Fusion – Editing Translated Files

After using the latest Inventor Fusion technology preview 4 for a while now, I have come to realize that this is an ideal tool for editing imported or translated files.  These could be from neutral file formats like STEP, .SAT, or Parasolid, or native Pro-E or Catia V5 for example.  Inventor Fusion incorporates a non-paramentric “click n’ drag” type editing environment that is ideally suited for translated geometry.  Check out this example video showing a Parasolid file of a hydraulic cylinder I imported for editing.

High Resolution ScreenCast Video HERE.

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Importing 3D Geometry into Sheet Metal

With 3D becoming more popular daily many companies are exchanging data in a 3D format and not to mention that the translators you find in the products these days also makes exchanging data easier than ever. Still there is a need to take that 3D data and bring it into the sheet metal environment to generate flat pattern layouts. Today we will take a look at using an iges file and the steps needed to use it within the Inventor sheet metal environment.

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