If you have two perpendicular sketches and are viewing or working on one sketch straight on; the dimensions of the perpendicular sketch should automatically disappear. See the image below, it's not as if you can read the dimensions. It just shows a jumbled mess, especially on complicated sketches. As soon as you rotate your view all the dimensions should automatically reappear. This should be an option you could turn on or off depending on your preference. BTW, I know you can turn off the dimensions of a sketch but that's a tedious process and doesn't happen on the fly as I'm suggesting. Thanks.
Allow the end user to decide what method to use for data entry when executing a command... for example, the "Extrude" command does not need both the traditional dialog box and the Mini-Toolbar. Let the end user decide by placing an option in the "Application Options" within the program.
Again, both of these are not needed and honestly make the program seem cumbersome. Please finish implementing the Mini-Toolbars so that this option is available for your end users.
The view projecion seems incomplete to me... Sometimes, I want to be able to see the back view of the model in addition to the front view, which is the standard base view. Wouldn't it be nice to simply project the back side from the base model instead of creating a second base view? If you could use CTRL+CLICK, this could show the side opposite of the base view. Then to continue with that, CTRL+CLICK above and below that rear view to project some isometric rear views. All of these views would be linked together with representations and alignment, making a quicker workflow.
When using a single part with multiple solids to use in the stress analysis environment, Inventor renames all solids to "Body###" in which the ### is a number. It's kind of confusing when you have named the solids in the part to an identifyable one and Inventor renames them back to "body###" in the Stress Analysis Environment, especially when there are lots of solids in your part.
The idea: Let Inventor adopt the names of the solids in the part to the Stress Analysis Environment. This way it's also easier to identify the bonds without having to highlight each bond from within the Contacts-list.
Original Names in Part Environment:
Names of same solids in Stress Analysis Environment:
I propose that trimming geometry in a sketch preserves the behavior of the parent geometry. Looking at the picture below, if you trim the 2 edges of the 1 inch circle, the dimension is deleted and the 2 arcs are now unrelated. Sometimes this is exactly what you want. Therefore a new trim command should be added or you have a checkbox that says “Preserve sketch constraints and dimensions” or something similar to that. This trim command makes the new geometry behave like the old geometry while also keeping the dimensions. This saves time and makes the operator more efficient by not having to apply the constraints again.
Note that an equals constraint was added to the 2 arcs to maintain their behavior.
When i create holes, we use a lot of points 2D to place holes on it in a later stage.
First I use Circle, Polygon, Rectangle, Line construction geometry, then we place 2D points or create even more construction geometry to place those points.
It would be great if the Points 2D are automatically placed by pushing a shortcut when i draw a rectangle, circle, polygon with a few extra options!
We think the following features could be added to the next version of Inventor:-
1. Save a Replace ALL button. Currently there's a Save a replace button, which is great, but it only replaces the one occurrence, another button could be added to replace all of them.
2. Open Drawing from Vault. Currently the Open Drawing button only works with drawings on a local drive, a feature could be added so that you can open directly from the Vault aswell.
3. Auto centring of Dimensions. On a drawing when you first put a dimension it stays in the middle. However if you modify its model and stretch it, the dimension's text doesn't stay in the middle, there could be a setting that always forces the dimension to stay in the middle unless you otherwise have overridden it.
4. Driven Scale on drawings. On a drawing border you can set lots of values that are driven by iProperties and the model like Mass, Number of Sheets, Title, Name of Designer etc... But for some reason you can't get it to add the scale of the master view, which would be very useful.
Often I need to splace slats at distances of say 1/4", 3/8" , etc. But to do this using the Rectangular Pattern and Spacing selected, I need to first enter the spacing as Width + Gap. It would be better to have an option (GAP) selectable in the combo box, so that instead, I can just enter the gap between regularly spaced objects and let the software figure out the width itself (bounding box maybe). It's a luxury feature, I admit, but it would still be nice.
How often have we lost work and not be able to save a part while in sketch mode. All the time!!! When complicated sketches or any sketches for that matter are created, it would be nice to be able to save the model while in sketch mode instead of having to finish the sketch either prematurely or when it is fully completed in order to save the model file. I think less work would be lost if this was an available option.
It would be nice to be able to move view and positional representation in the tree, just like I can move and rearrage parts in the assembly.
At the moment Extrude works perpendicular to the plane of the sketch. I would like a direction option (similar to that used when creating patterns) so that the Extrude can be along any straight line or axis that is not parallel to the sketch plane.
Sweep can be used to achieve a similar effect- but you cannot use an axis as a sweep path, and the sweep ends up the same length as the sweep path. With a direction option in Extrude, you would still be able to specify 'Distance' or 'To' limits.
I know I struggle with the two shades of yellow when trying to contrain or edit contraints in assemblies. Can we make them something that is a little more distinguishable? Like read and green or yellow and orange or what ever that allows these two colors to not be in the same color family.
for "Wonderland". I like this scheme except for this.
When placing views into drawings we are quite limited in our options, unlike when in the 'Part' & 'Assembly' environments where both have a wide range of appearance options for us to choose from.
Options such as 'Realistic', 'Shaded (with no edges)', Shadows (on/off) etc. could be very handy for getting a nicer image onto the page without the headache of inserting/maintaining static images.
See here for a related discussion.
Now, I don't believe that my shopped image above is the best way to implement these features, it is just a way of getting the idea across.
P.S. I understand that a drawing with a few realistic/ray-traced views could be a real pig to manage but that would be up to the user to deal with, as it is with large/unwieldly assemblies that stress our machines.
It would be truly helpful to have the possibility to insert standard bolted connections to models within frame generator. I know that there is software like Tekla structures and Autodesk structual detailing, but you don't have to design whole buildings before it is necessary to use bolted connections. Most smaller scale structures needs to be shipped in containers and assembled on site.