It would be very helpful to have a renaming tool for Inventor files, with modern UI, better handling and better perfomance than Design Assistant. And there are missing options for renaming like replacing strings, new numbering and so on.
For better understanding look at the free tool "Lupas Rename" http://rename.lupasfreeware.org/ it´s old but sensational for renaming.
I know there are restrictions for renaming designs but if a power user could use it, than he could save enormous time.
I was sure I'd find this idea already suggested in IdeaStation but couldn't find one quite saying the same thing.
In a sketch if I mirror geometry using the Mirror tool, if I change the geometry on one side of the mirror line, the geometry on the other slide reflects the change. This makes sense... because I mirrored the geometry. So both sides should... mirror each other.
But in an assembly once I mirror components, not only do they lose their relationships with each other, they also have no parent/child (or twin would be a better word) relationship with the components they were mirrored from. This means that when I make changes to one side, I have to make all those changes to the other side all over again. This completely defeats the purpose of mirroring parts.
As I see it, the mirror tool has two purposes, and one of them is useless:
1. To create a mirrored copy of a part. Works very well.
2. To mirror components across a plane. This is useless in that the components do not retain their mirrored state. They're essentially just placed in the assembly again as if from scratch using the Place command.
This might be useful in some situations, to have the flexibility to make each side different. But that should be an option, not a restriction. Users should have the option to actually keep the mirrored relationship between components if they wish, as in a sketch.
There needs to be a setting in the sketch portion of the application options that prevents the viewing plane when starting a new sketch from rotating 180°. This is very annoying when the view you are picking and wanting to sketch to is rotated.
I have a decent sized monitor (22") and would find it useful if ALL the menus/windows in Inventor were normalized like Windows. Meaning the option to minimize or maximize. I understand most menus/windows are sizable, but these buttons are useful and I don't think this is an outrageous request.
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...
When you have sketches on opposing planes and don't want to turn off the sketch you're not editing because you'd like to see the inactive sketch for reference or use the dimensions it would be nice if the inactive sketch dimmed so that you could differentiate between the two. I know you can use different color sketch lines but the colored lines don't dynamically update so they can be frustrating when you're trying to highlight a line. See image below for reference.
It would be nice to be able to select more than one feature at a time to constrain. For example when I have ten parts in my assembly that I want to constrain flush with each other I have to click face of A to face of B then face of B to face of C then face of C to face of D and so on. It would be much quicker to just select the face on each part and constrain all of them at once. Along with that if I end up having to delete one of those parts such as C I loose the constraints between B and D so I end up having to remember to connect them again. So it woud be nice if that flush constraint remained between the remaining parts after deleting the one part.
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.
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?
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.
We all know that most people here are just reiterating soldiworks ideas in a inventor way, just copy some features from solidworks and make us all happy.
When you in a drawing have a view that is aligned to an other view, I would wish I had the opportunity to align it to a second view. In other words, I would really like to have the ability to choose horizontal and vertical alignment in the same drawing view.The only choice you have when wanting to align a view that already is aligned, is to break that alignment.
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!
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