This has been requested before in the discussion groups, but I think it needs revisiting as it has huge time saving potential. I often get instances of a pattern where a hole pattern is interupted somewhere with an odd spacing, then continues again with the first spacing, for instance:
- 3 sets of holes at 150 mm spacing
- 2 sets of holes at 175 mm spacing
- 6 sets of holes at 150 mm spacing
The holes are all the same specs, and are all linear, but just need to adjust the spacing in the middle. Looking at the model I am wotking on now, I could use this functionality all over the place including things that I normally would have to fully model such as a set of four gusset plates that each have their own spacing. I would prefer to pattern them and control them via iLogic.
The same goes for circular pattern, allow both to have multiple pattern steps!
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.
Repeat Component functionality could significantly reduce some repetitive assembly tasks.
A good use for this is when assembling fasteners or bolt connections that are assembled with an Insert. each addtional occurrence should only require a single click, selecting the new circular edge, before imediately prompting for the next occurrences' circular edge and so on.
some assemblies have a few hundred bolted connections and fasteners.
Each new occurrence of the component already has the component references selected. Only the assembly references for the highlited constraints need to be selected.
I wrote an API function to do this but it would be nice to have it out of the box.
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.
Orphaned dimensions and broken constraints give you a dialog box that you have to accept or you can not do anything else (modal). It would be nice if the error box stayed open (or you could tell it not to prompt again this session) but allowed you to keep working and fix the problems (non-modal). The list of errors would update as you fixed them.
It would be nice to have a dimpling procedure in sheet metal (similar to sheet metal punch tools that create "feet" or other punched forms that do not actually cut a hole in the sheet metal face. Given a starting face, a dimple point and a dimple depth, crease the face along the four crease lines to create a drainige pan or strengthening ribs.
The result is a piece of sheet metal with a depressed point at the "dimple" depth, slightly bent along the creasing lines.
Creasing sheet metal along 4 lines from a dimple point is a very common procedure for creating drain pans and strengthening sheet metal assemblies such as heating & air conditioning system conduits.
It would be great to have function to get scale from base view in title block automatically (competing prodcts have this function)
I know it can be achieved through Ilogic, but it gives unnecessary complexity to a workflow, and it is time consuming if users uses more then a few sheets per drawing.
I want to explode my assy directly in the assembly environment without needing the ipn.
IPN has problems with big assemblies, harness , design views and in general it adds more files for me to manange.
No need to have IPN, do it in the assembly directly. It is so much simpler.
1. How about adding in some plate joints when mitering.
2. It would be nice to have bar grating as an option in Content Center and when using the Frame Generator.
3. An quick way of creating industrial stairs, for platforms and catwalks, made from bar grating stair treads with the nosing already on them.
4. Maybe an automated handrail command. It could automatically build the top rail, mid rails and toe kicks per the ANSI standards for platforms and stairways.
In general, there needs to be a lot more structural steel component automation. If it can be done in AutoCAD, why not Inventor? Companys that design complete equipment with steel structures could benefit from this.
When I click "undo" or "redo", I'd like to know what I'm undoing. Show a list of undo actions, similar to how Word or Visual Studio work. This would also allow us to undo multiple actions at once rather than telling Inventor to undo over and over again.
Like Word would be convenient, but like Visual Studio would be better. Keep a long list of the actions we've done and give it a scroll bar.
Also, I read somewhere that closing a document clears the undo history. If I'm remembering correctly, can that be fixed?
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.
It would be nice if the cropped view put break lines in at the edges of the cropped part/view. As it is now, Inventor just puts straight lines at the edges of the crop that could be mistaken as the edge of the part. I have to sketch break lines in everytime.
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:
We require Excel to use Inventor so why don't Inventor's tables work the same as Excels?
e.g. (off the top of my head)
- F2 to edit the cell (personally REALLY miss not having that)
- when editing the cell with F2 have Ctrl+left/right to skip words
- Enter to finish the cell and alt+enter for a new line within the cell
- merge cells? (not sure the need, but would help with copy/paste betwen Iv and Excel)
- borders like Excel
also, while talking about tables - line-breaks in titles, is that in yet?
When using the built in Print to PDF function in Inventor, or any other print function, the default option should be print all pages, not just current page. Many times we work with multi sheet documents, and printing only current page as a default results in lots of messed up printouts. Since the settings are not visible without pressing the options button (compare to MS Word 2010) we don't think about the trouble we are getting into until its too late.
There should be an easier method when you have to add a balloon to an existing stack. When you want them in numerical order, instead of removing the out of order balloons and then adding them back in including the addition,
you should be able to just add the balloon and select where in the stack you want to place it.