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In’s and Out’s of View Representations and Using Them Within Drawings

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This post will feature working with View Representations inside of Autodesk Inventor.  I take a look at setting them up inside your assembly environment and some of the tips and tricks associated to using them within your drawing environment.  There is a lot of confusion between using level of detail and view representations hopefully this makes the choice a little easier.

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In’s and Out’s of View Representations and Using Them Within Drawings

Making Assembly Life more Manageable in Inventor 2009……Derived Assemblies and Substitute LOD’s

A new type of Level of Detail (LOD) has been added: Substitute. A Substitute is a part file representing the assembly and is created in the owning or source assembly as a new type of Level of Detail.

The substitute part can be a derived part created from the source assembly. If the substitute part is created in the source assembly by using the context menu selection “Derive Assembly,” the part is automatically tagged as a Substitute during the derive process.

When a Substitute Level of Detail is active, all other components are suppressed and hidden in the browser. Significant memory savings can be realized by inserting an assembly with a Substitute Level of Detail active into an upper-level “consuming” assembly. In the video pay attention to the capacity meter watch what using derived assemblies and substitute LOD can do for you.

http://screencast.com/t/sfPTndn2O

Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

View Representations or Level of Detail What’s Right For You?

You can save both types of representation with a name and activate it for modeling tasks or select it for creating drawings, presentations, and derived assemblies. So which one makes sense. If working in large assemblies LOD has the advantage. This allows you to suppress components to save memory the negative is when adding a component to your assembly it automatically gets added to all LOD you have created. View Representations takes over there allowing you to lock each representation created so when adding components they can be added to the master without affecting the others but has no memory saving option. In a perfect world LOD with ability to lock representation would be great.

Check out my video of how to do this.
http://screencast.com/t/DYXT5X5F

Submitted by Dave of the INCAT CAD Geeks

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