Autodesk AutoCAD 2012 has an optional install of Autodesk Inventor Fusion. This will allow you to work with a variety of 3D cad formats. Please watch the video to learn more. Video provided by Autodesk.
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.
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.
Download Fusion at http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/fusion/
As many of us are all aware the Autodesk Inventor product line comes with many great translators. We have found many companies today are switching to Autodesk Inventor as a primary design tool because of the powerful translators that allow them to import and export data from the so called high end systems. At the same time giving them the functionality these high end systems have at a much lower operating expense. With this comes the need to translate this data all at once or a batch process. Autodesk Inventor Task Scheduler allows us to batch process this data immediately or at a scheduled time. Lets take a look at the process and the file types Task Scheduler allows us to import and export.
Autodesk Inventor Translators – Batch Import and Export
Created by one of the Cad Geeks