Ever had a drawing where you wanted an aligned to edge orientation for a break view? I have!!!
If yes, please vote to add this simple yet highly effective functionality I feel has always been missing.
Example. Bent piece of pipe that I wanted to put on a B size drawing and in full scale. Can't use the Break tool on the bent section and keep the break aligned how I want it due to limitation of only Vertical or Horizontal Break orientation....
Result of horizontal break. Not nice to look at in this case is it?
My proposed fancy new "Aligned" orientation button....
You would use Edge selection to select the edge you want your Break to be perpendicular to (or possibly ability to edit the Break properties at the sketch level?).....
The end result would be a MUCH nicer and desired result....
I'm working on an assembly that has some polycarbonate sheet as a cover. I'd like it if I could see what is behind the clear material in my drawing.
This is very different than wanting hidden lines - I do NOT want to see every hidden line of the parts behind the transparent material. I only want to see the next visible part, maybe as a lighter line, but only the visible edges.
It would be great if there was an option when you right click a part to set as transparent in the drawing - similar to toggling visibility or hidden lines.
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.
I find the tools in Inventor's Inspect > Measure panel very cumbersome, limited, and non-user friendly. I often have to escape out of the command between every measurement to be sure it will operate properly. I cannot measure any distance involving a round surface, such as the tangential distance to a circumference. I cannot see a history of previous measurements. I have to use round-about methods to measure certain features; for example, I have to click a random face before I can pick the center of a circle as my first measuring point.
The ability to keep measurements displayed, almost like temporary 3D dimensions, for the purpose of active analysis of a component (as I was trying to do with my boss the other day) would be very useful; that way as I'm navigating around my part or assembly I can see in real-time the precise dimensions of features I care about rather than measuring and re-measuring as I'm trying to determine things about the model.
I'd love to hear of functionality that other users would like to see added for measuring and inspecting 3D models, and to see all of these implemented in future releases of Inventor as well as in service packs to current releases, so that all users can take advantage of this very foundational functionality.
(Please see related Discussion Groups post here: http://forums.autodesk.com/t5/Autodesk-Inventor/Be
The ability to create 3D PDF's from inventor. I don't want to bu publisher just to create a 3D PDF or any other 3rd party application. A lot of customers are requesting this now, and dwf isn't the answer, most people have adobe non-cad and cad users, where as they don't have dwf viewer and cant download it.
Full support for multiple monitors
Allow browser(s) to dock correctly on any edge of any screen, not just docking when inside 'parent' application
Allow browser(s) to be 'Always On Top' when used on different screen to 'parent' application
The text editor of the Inventor drawing enviornment could use some updating.
I would like to see similar functionality as the AutoCAD editor.
An integrated spell checker would be useful was well. This would avoid having to install from the SDK.
In addition to being able to split the parts list, it would be nice to have the functionality to seperate the parts list into two or more sections. This would allow users to be able to place one portion on one sheet and another portion on another sheet. I know (because I have done it) that other softwares can do this. Please lets bring this into the Inventor realm.
Please see this thread link.
I have read some older posts in this forum and found some work arounds, but I still don't clearly understand why we can't have the option to insert a workplane between two parallel planes/faces at the assembly level. Why can we only do it at the part level?
Image - Left side part level - right side assembly level
most of the time the little "Select Other" visual feedback is being blocked by the nice (but often very annoying) little selection box.
lots of people complain and yet we still have it doing the same thing, getting in the way.
can you fix this please? ie move it away a bit, or if user moves it away from geometry attempting to be chosen, then make it stick to where the user manually positions it...
Currently (Inventor 2013), if I select a view to align to another view, I can only align it to one view, either Horizontally or Vertically, but what if I want to align that view to one Horizontally and then to another Vertically?
You can't do that for some strange reason still.
I'm not talking about Protjecting views, every now and then I need to create a drawing of different models on the same sheet and would like to have the views all lined up with one another. That's not possible yet for some odd reason.
This should be pretty easy to add. Am I missing something?
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:
I’m sure I’ll come up with more. Have a great day!
Applied Design Intelligence
Hi we have Inventor and Product Design Suite and various other CAD packages. In our team often we have to do some surface modelling and to be honest Inventor just isn’t great at this at all and then we always have to revert back to Solidworks. Construction surfaces are not always enough guys really!
We need surfacing power like in Alias, Solid Works, Catia please!!! And no we don’t want to learn yet another product (Alias) with a completely different way of working and toolbar layout and , and , and… Solidworks has mastered this “One product many functionalities” approach and it works really great. Once you know SW you get into the other stuff easily because the environment is familiar. With Inventor you have to learn the product every time you want to do surface modelling because lets face it, you might not need to do it or use that functionality for months at a time…
Anyway it would be really cool to see the technology, that certainly exists, filter down into Inventor.
When creating a mirrored version of a sheet metal part in an assembly, the mirrored part doesn't inherit the the Sheet Metal Rule, thickness and unfold rule of the original part.
This is very annoying because without manually editing it, I'm unable to generate flat patterns. When I modify the thickness of the original part, I also have to edit the settings of the mirrored part again.
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.
Unfortunately, Autodesk has not provided the ability to turn off the mini toolbars, so we're stuck with the current strange Jekyll and Hyde interface, which is cluttered, distracting and in many cases incomplete.
Most user would benifit from being able to use either the dialog interface or the mini-toolbars, but having both is a problem.
Currently the best we can do is roll up the dialog box:
Currently the ipn environment feels somewhat out of date, so here are some points i think could be improved:
When creating a broken view on a long shaft, the two options available are Rectangular or Structural which is fine for rectangular shaped parts, but would be nice to have an option to create the 'S' shaped broken view for round parts like long round shafts, see attachment