>To my knowledge there is NO OTHER software that can be used for this work.
>---NOT capable of task.
>Guess what, INVENTOR ISN'T EITHER...
Sounds like a trivial problem in Inventor to me.
>What do I do now, any suggestions ???
How much Inventor training do you have?
Attach MDT example here of exactly what you need to do in Inventor.
BTW Why can't you simply keep on using MDT till you retire?
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I'm sure that Pro/E and Inventor can do the job also. I'll take the
challenge with Inventor. You may email me privately, if you wish, and
I'll do one of your parts from start to finish in Inventor.Just email me
the MDT part or the layouts.
Dennis Jeffrey, Autodesk Inventor Certified Expert
Autodesk Manufacturing Implementation Certified Expert.
Instructor/Author/Sr. App Engr. Tel. (260) 399-6615
I had the pleasure of being an MDT Instructor back in 2000.. That was about the time they started giving Inventor away and Folks were still getting the MDT they purchased/wanted via subscription. I always fought with Inventor's hardware requirements, and specific video drivers etc. and the ADLM.. MDT was where it all started for me and I really got to see the software being put through it's paces. It was interesting to talk to the AutoDesk application engineers about Inventor also. MDT is still a reliable old mule. I am irritated that some functionality has been removed from MDT. I can sit here and reflect back on MDT and honestly say it changed my career, pay scale, my life really.
I work in manufacturing and have used Autodesk products since version 2.5 and started using MDT early. My work starts with importing my customers step files. I find modifying them in IV2010 is difficult and hard to confirm that the desired results have been obtained. Modifying them is MDT2009 is quicker and more reliable. I am hoping for improvements in IV for working with imported files. If not, we will just get off the boat and find another method of transportation. If a job is started in IV2010 it is OK, the problem working with jobs that don't start there. I Will Continue to use MDT as long as possible.
I have a different view that we can not update our MDT. Imagine how nice to be able to use the same program in ten years that we do not have to reinstall every year instead one can put 100% of working time on designing. Instead of having to spend two weeks each year to test if the latest release can be used, or if you have to wait for the first service pack.
I totally agree.
Dinking around with upgrades is unbelievably unproductive.
I don't care if MDT doesn't get upgraded, in fact, I recommend NOT changing it. I've completed countless sucessful projects with it and found no reason to complain about how it functioned and I found no reason to ask for some wish list addition.
It's powerful and flexible and flat out works extremely well.
Sure, someone will always be able to give you a fancy demo that they practiced over and over to show you a feature of Inventor that they think will impress you...but the fact remains, if you can accomplish the same thing in MDT...who cares? (I recently had an Inventor pro demo the frame generator in Inventor for me. No doubt, it was impressive, but I didn't have the heart to inform him that I could've modeled the same frame in MDT in about half the time he needed to do it with Inventor's frame generator. I'm sure at the end of the day, his frame had more editing capabilities built in, but if you pretty much know the frame you need, and model it thusly, it's highly likely you're not going to need to have all of those funky editing capabilities there. AND, it's not like we can't edit a frame in MDT...context and perspective baby.)
If someone determines Inventor works better for them at doing the things they're being asked to do at their particular place of employment, then they should use Inventor...by the same token, if MDT works better for them at doing the things they're being asked to do at their particular place of employment, then why should they have to switch?
The last several posts say a lot, and I agree with what was said in them.
I know a bonified MDT/Inventor expert who told me MDT can do things that Inventor can't.
I'll lay money that the things it can do that Inventor can't are the many things I do with MDT every day.
It'll be a shame to give up a tool that can do things Inventor can't.
I will also use MDT for as long as I can, hopefully forever.
It would be crazy to have to switch at this stage.
Will one of these steps be to "minimize the impact of this change" and continue the 3 year support of AutoDesk Mechanical Desktop 2009 be to modify it or its installer to make it compatibile with Windows 7 64bit (pro or any other version)?
We use both Inventor 2010 and Mechanical Desktop 2009 and the work we do in Inventor 2010 is so large we require a good 64bit solution to use above 6GB of RAM, which we found running Windows 7 on a Dell Precision T7500. Unfortunately we still need MDT because of file conversion and manipulate issues our IV and MDT users have with over half a million MDT files they have created.
(NOTE: I am still current searching in the forums to find a way to force MDT to install and work properly and fully in Windows 7 pro 64, if there is a way please provide the information.)
MDT 2009 supports both Windows® XP x64 Edition and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista®. Either of these operating systems will allow you to use 6GB or more RAM. We will not be releasing a version for Windows 7 or any other future version of Windows.