As a new Inventor user I wanted to get some insight and pointers on good practices for Project Files and their structure while using a stand alone Inventor seat with no Vault I am a single user at our company and just upgraded to Inventor. I have been using SolidWorks for years and things are a little different. Just thought I would see if i could get some ideas before I move forward and make a mess of my file structure...
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I feel your pain. I used SW for 12 years before switching to Inventor a year and a half ago.
Since you have a stand alone license, my advise is leave the master project as is and get to know the software. Once you feel semi comfortable revisit this and see if there are changes at that time that make more sense or are more condusive to your work style or work climate.
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You can designate any folder as your project folder, but best advice, keep all files inside that folder. You can have multiple folders included, but it will soon become a painful experience if you have multiple project folders. In other words don't create a new project folder for every job, just create a sub-folder inside your project folder.
Otherwise you will have problems like such.
It depends a great deal on what kind of work you do. Are you designing products for sale to the public? Custom one-of-a-kind machinery? A line of products customized for each customer?
The kind of project structure you need will vary quite a bit depending on this answer.
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Thanks for the input didn't think of doing it that way I was looking at doing each job as a separate project and the last thing I want to do is complicate my life more...
The images are a great help! Thank you!
We are a custom fab shop and an ASME code shop we are a weld shop with a machine shop to boot. We do not focus on oil and gas ASME code vessels we do build them but we focus on a broad range of products. Various material grades etc... we do however build quiet a bit of vessels that share common parts such as flanges and couplings etc. I wasn't sure if I could create a new project for each job and reference the commonly used parts from the library.
I was the PDM admin / Super User at my last company so I am familiar with working with read only parts etc. so I had hoped having these parts in a referenced state would help me to insure that I am not copying multiple copies of the same parts that could get multiple versions. I will be creating several parts for my library that I want to be smart with multiple configurations that will also include the information to populate my BOM.
Does this set a tone for what I am hoping to achieve?
Thanks for you help!
yes, you can put commonly used parts or assemblies in a library, which is what we do, this is why we have the library modification project as well. As once in a library it cannot be modified unless you have a project path to the library. of course to modify library parts you have to switch projects, but that does not occurr too often anyways. Even if its not in a library you won't need to copy it multiple times unless you are going to rename it every time, but a library wont let you do that anyways. As long as the same assembly is inserted in multiple places it will always use the same one and does not make copies. Only if you wanted to leave an old set the same for old assemblies and change it for a new one would you need to design copy it and rename it and the parts. but that's another post in the future
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