AutoCAD Mechanical General Discussion

AutoCAD Mechanical General Discussion

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xXramnXx
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎07-06-2011
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AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

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07-07-2011 02:00 AM

We have AutoCAD Mechanical in the AutoCAD Inventor Suite, I am using Inventor but still want to know how AutoCAD Mechanical's use be maximized.

 

Its here but I do not understand how it should be used or for what applications is it useful.

 

Thanks

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acwtzwegers
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Registered: ‎04-20-2011
Message 2 of 8 (860 Views)

Re: AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

07-07-2011 05:39 AM in reply to: xXramnXx

I use ACM in Inventor as an advanced sketch mode... In some cases it's just (much) more powerful or quick.

I tend to get all sorts of customer drawings and in some cases ACM can handle those better then Inventor, if only because it supports layers, overkill and such and Inventor doesn't. (Inventor struggles with duplicate lines to create it's regions).

 

The only thing that is really annoying is that Solidworks lets me select layers on import of a .dwg and Inventor doesn't while you'd expect better from the inventors of dwg :smileywink: .

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stevetrudeau
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Registered: ‎07-19-2010
Message 3 of 8 (793 Views)

Re: AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

07-12-2011 09:31 AM in reply to: acwtzwegers

Specifying Layers during Import of a DWG file is supported in Inventor.

 

Open -> Import DWG

Select DWG file to Import

DWG/DXF File Wizard is displayed

Select Next

The Layers and Objects Import Options page appears.

Here you can add and remove which layers you want imported or selectively pick objects to import.

 

 

Steve Trudeau

Autodesk, Inc

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acwtzwegers
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Registered: ‎04-20-2011
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Re: AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

07-13-2011 07:38 AM in reply to: stevetrudeau

I dunno.. I guess you are the expert... but... when I click Next I get the "Import Destination Options", wher Next is greyed out and the only real options are Back and Finish.

 

When I insert through sketch and insert and DWG/DXF - same thing.

 

(all in IV2012)

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stevetrudeau
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Registered: ‎07-19-2010
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Re: AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

07-13-2011 09:24 AM in reply to: acwtzwegers

Make sure you have the same version of DWG TrueView installed as the Inventor version (i.e. DWG TrueView 2011 and Inventor 2011). The ability to select layers and objects is made available through DWG TrueView. If it is not installed then it skips to the Import Destination Options page.

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rogermollon
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Registered: ‎07-31-2008
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Re: AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

07-13-2011 11:08 AM in reply to: stevetrudeau

DWG TrueView is a free download from our web site www.autodesk.com.

 



Roger Mollon
Sr. Director, Software Development
Design, Lifecycle, & Simulation Product Group
Autodesk, Inc.
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acwtzwegers
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Registered: ‎04-20-2011
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Re: AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

07-13-2011 11:16 PM in reply to: rogermollon

So... this would beg the question: With the entire Inventor 2012 Suite installed... why doesn't that include Trueview? I mean: I got design review, 3dsmax, mudbox, acm, showcase etc etc - which are all less essential to the running of Inventor then this would appear to be.

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s.mutschler
Posts: 20
Registered: ‎07-24-2011
Message 8 of 8 (702 Views)

Re: AutoCAD Mechanical and Inventor

08-05-2011 06:47 AM in reply to: acwtzwegers

That is a GREAT question!  Why is TrueView not on the installation CD?  At the very least, it should be mentioned in the Read Me files and/or installation instructions.  It is not.

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