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.
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 .
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
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.
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)
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.
DWG TrueView is a free download from our web site www.autodesk.com.
Director, Components Engineering
Design, Lifecycle, & Simulation Product Group
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.
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.