I know it is similar to this one (but it is a different idea):
It would be useful if a user could select multiple split tools to split a single (or multiple?) solid body.
Currently I need to perform the split function once for every split tool (curve or surface) despite selecting the same solid body everytime.
we probably all see at times it could be good to hit a key instead of clicking on an okay or accept or cancel button, especially if we wish to continue further (need to click ok or accept many times) and the default focus happens to be on the cancel key!
i have attached a snapshot of such a case.
not to divert away from the idea but this default focus should be on the "Accept" key (having to reattach quite a few dimensions that have broken away from the geometry)...
so, in the case of re-attaching dimensions or leaders or other attached annotations, there is an intensive need to click almost every time something is reattached if there is still a portion of the annotation that still needs to be attached (eg the dim extension line down the other end of ths shaft in this case).
if i could just keep hitting the "A" key (non mouse hand) while reattaching annotations (with mouse clicks) i could be cutting down the clicks and time to get the drawing sorted, and hopefully get another job out the door quick enough so i can catch the pie van at smoko...
The ability to suppress features and create Level Of Detail representations in part files would be very useful.
I have a bent tube that goes into an assembly in the formed state. However, I would like to detail this part to show both the pre-formed and formed states of the part on my drawing. Currently I can not do this without creating additional files (derived parts or iParts). Ideally I would be able to suppress the Bend Part feature as a LOD to place the pre-formed part view.
I have a part file with a lot of detailed edges and surfaces and I use this part over and over in my assemblies, I would like to be able to suppress features as a LOD an use the simplified version in the assembly, but still have the detailed version for my part drawing. Again we'd like to be able to do this, without having additional files to track.
Example, you've created LH, RH versions of a part where one if derived from the other. Since the parts are similar, there should be an option to link the material from the source part to the new derived part or to copy the material into the derived part.
Currently, we must use the Rectangular Pattern tool to create a circular pattern if the orientation of the patterned feature is not meant to rotate.
Using the Rectangular Pattern tool for a circular pattern is not discoverable to new users leaving many of them to conclude that this is a limitation of Inventor. Additionally, the selections required to do this in rectangular pattern are a bit involved for the user who only finds the need to do this occasionally.
Adding an option to the Circular Pattern tool would help.
There is a nesting (layout optimization) functionality in 123D Make. Can you migrate this algorithm to Inventor drawing sheets? Either as an internal function, as a plugin, or as a cloud service.
Many sheetmetal and furniture manufacturers will love it.
Not sure if this has been covered before.
In the Drawing environment when entering text/leader text, you can press "CTRL+Enter" to return to the drawing environment.
This feature is not available when editing Dimension text, or hole notes. Pressing 'CTRL+Enter' moves to the next line.
Having to grab the mouse every time to find the 'OK' button can become frustrating.
It would be nice to have this option available for both input boxes.
We often make custom laser cut guard panels. To do so we have to create the hole pattern we use laid out on the panel as we want to see it so we can get a cut path for the laser. Very rarely do we create a panel that is just square with no other cutouts. Many time these have cuts holes and odd shapes to the panels. So when we create a hole pattern for the mesh guard we want we need to suppress many many holes to set it up while keeping a border around the pattern. It woul be nice if there was some way that we could say create this patten on this face keeping at least 1" of space between the edges of the part and the hole pattern. See the attached pic for a simple guard I am currently drawing. Anyone else think this might be useful?
Currently the Import Options Save location is only controlled by first selecting the file you want to import and then clicking the Options button, then you'll see the save options at the top of the dialog box.
This allows unknowing users to do this incorrectly and have files saved in a random Imported Components folder. This can cause a mess with file managment, and it would be preferred to be able to set a default mode in the application options that could be managed by the CAD Administrator. Then if the user decides they need to depart from the default, they can always use the Options button and set the save location as needed.
I have seen a post similar to this where the writer wished the ability to access the visibility of a solid body via iLogic. I am asking for the ability to suppress via the solid body. As things are now, if I want to suppress a solid body, I have to suppress every feature within the body separately! When doing this via iLogic, it creates a mess! Currently I may be forced to suppress dozens of features –and I I add new ones, I need to remember to add those to the code as well.
The multi-solid body layout part workflow is easily the most powerful design paradigm in Inventor, but the ball was definitely dropped on this one. It was thrown out there and immediately orphaned. We should also have the ability to:
- Add iProperties to the solids that will transfer to the part. Color, Material, Cost, and all of the rest.
- Ability to organize solid bodies to groups –which become assembles when the “Make Component” command is evoked. Ability to suppress an entire group!
- A visual indicator of which solid body a feature belongs to would be nice as well. It’s hard to organize a feature tree, but any focus on that would be a help. We finally got folders in assemblies after years of requests, it’s about time to look into cleaning up a parts tree as well. For instance, I put ALL sketches before features (projected geometry is all sketch to sketch –far more stable). I would like to be able to group and hide them. There can be thirty or forty of them and the tree gets incredibly long!
- Attaching iLogic that would survive the “Make Components” process and become a rule on the other side would be killer as well.
I’m sure I’ll come up with more. Have a great day!
Applied Design Intelligence
The goal is to add a dimension from a feature in a detail view to a feature outside the view.
Currently the method to achieve this type of dimension is not very discoverable or robust, it would be nice to be able to retrieve a model dimension and then:
- foreshorten it
- add the double arrowhead
And to be able to do this from within the drawing without the need of an included workplane, etc.
I provide workaround steps at this link toward the bottom:
See this link for the original request:
Need an app for modifying (external to Inventor) ilogic rules. This also needs the abilyt to change rules in mass. Example: change Rule 0 in these files to New Rule 0. or delete Rules in files.
Basically a maintenance tool for iLogic in existing files.
Right now if I've created details or sections on, for instance, sheet 3 that I want to be on sheet 4 instead, I have to go to sheet 3 and drag the views one at a time to sheet 4. Each time I do this, Inventor will automatically change sheets, causing me to have to go back to sheet 3 every time to find the next view I need to drag.
What I would like is to be able to drag these views without having to change sheets.
Example 1: I've created a new sheet 4, and - while viewing sheet 4 - I expand sheet 3 in the browser panel, find the views I want to move, and drag them from sheet 3 to 4, without having to change to view sheet 3.
Example 2: I'm viewing sheet 3, and I've got a blank sheet 4. While viewing sheet 3, I want to expand the browser panel, find the views I want to move, and drag them to sheet 4 without having Inventor automatically change the sheet that I'm viewing.
As an added bonus, it would be REALLY nice if I could drag multiple views at once, instead of having to do them one at a time.
I have a model that I want to scale in X and Y direcions, but I don't want to scale it in Z direction.
It would be nice to have the SDK scaling tool incorporated into the out of the box Derive tool in Inventor.
When a component is selected in the graphics window, it is hightlighted in the browser. However, if the component is in an unexpanded browser folder it still can't be found. When a component is selected in the graphics window and is in an unexpanded folder, please hightlight the folder.
Easy Parameter Group Creation : About what it sounds. There needs to be a way for me to organize things in groups for when I'm concentrating on different tasks for my assembly. Simply having everything thrown into User Parameters isn't good enough. Even though selecting things as being key or non-key is helpful in filtering out some of the mess, you will quickly become overwhelmed when creating 100+ parameters. Though you can create parameter groups from the API, it should be accessible from your parameter manager! This moves us into my second topic:
Color Labeling: Assuming that you keep the basic way of handling parameters around, it means that all new parameters (though no able to be easily placed into groups and repositioned) will still get added to the master list of User Parameters. That is fine, but leaves absolutely no way for the user to see (at a glance) where things are being used. This is where color labeling could really shine. Essentially there is a new column added that shows the current color label of the parameter's row. This label is determined by the color label of group that the parameter is a member of. In this way you can see not only where an individual parameter is being used, but also where (in your list of groups / parameters) your actual groups are when scrolling in the list at a glance.
As of now certain parameters are hidden from the user. If you draw a sketch on a Drawing sheet, you any dimensions that are placed there are practically hidden out of view from the user. Recently on the blog Being Inventive, they (with the help of Brian E.) published a means of accessing those dimensions using what is essentially an iLogic patch. This is, once again, a very non-elegant way of doing something that should be rather simple. Even if every new sketch / draft view parameters set is stored in its own separate group inside of the main drawing's parameter manager, it would be far better than the current situation. Allowing a person to interact with the parametric aspects of sketches + 2D reps of their model will help add another level of technical bliss to drawings (and perhaps even drawing automation) that can't easily be achieved with the current set of tools.
Thank any of your that take the time to read through this, and I hope that together we can all better shape this wonderful tool that we are using here.
(if not then I suppose I'll just have to start working on a new plugin darn it!)
- Jerk Face
Please give us some AutoCAD type functionality in the 2D sketch function. Having driven ACAD for 20+ years, you get used to certain things. Being able to move, copy, mirror, scale by just grabbing a grip is, to me, one the top 5 things ever added to ACAD. OSNAPS when picking a basepoint or moving to a specific instersection is another truly helpful thing that speeds up the workflow.
We have all seen how Inventor keeps creeping into AutoCAD, now it is time for some reverse flow!
It's possible to select a part in a view on a 2D drawing and change the colour of all the lines belonging to that part.
This is really useful, but what would be really good is a way of assigning a line colour to the .ipt/.iam file it's self, so that every time I place a veiw of that part the lines are automatically set to specified colour.
This would also be useful within a single drawing when there are multiple veiws of the same assembly. eg. PartA would always be drawn in Red, PartB would always be green. This would really help distinguishing between parts in complex assemblies. (Which I realise can be done manually but I think it could be done faster with less chance of making mistakes.) Currently, I colour all the parts, but then if I make an additional view, and the new veiw is all in black and needs to be re coloured.