One of my team members did a post awhile back about using animation inside studio with Inventor Pro Simulation. Not every company has a version of Pro so I want to show how you can have animation inside the studio environment using positional representations. This is only one way of adding animation into your studio environment.
When I was a designer I always had to show extended and retracted positions of any item in my design that moved. This took some time to set-up worrying about capturing the information, placing it, rotating it and of course if there was a design change just another item I had to make sure I updated. With Inventor this is no longer an issue using Overlay view in my drawing environment.
Overlay drawing views use positional representations to show an assembly in multiple positions in a single view. Overlay views are available for unbroken base, projected, and auxiliary views. Each Overlay view can reference a design view representation independent of the parent view.
Inventor 2009 now allows any positional representations to be communicated to Inventor’s Studio environment. This allows you to create an animation of a design transitioning from one assembly position to another.