Hello When you create, you can choose constraint to the midpoint of the line, and when you put dimension is impossible. Why not do it for dimension.
In 2014 the Bill of Material Command was moved to the Manage Tab. This command is used too heavily to be moved to a non primary Ribbon Tab. Now if you added the ability to start the command from the RMB when no components are active I would have accepted that, but its not there either. Now a user has to add it to their QAT or Customize the Marking Menu to get this very commonly used tool back. This was a regression in 2014 for usability.
Here's one that I've had requests for several times.
You have an assembly view on a drawing and place a parts list for that view. Now, you want to place several base views of individual parts for detailing. Along with each part view, you want the corresponding item number from the parts list.
I know you can edit the view label to include model properties, such as the part name, material, etc, but there's no way to link the item number from the parts list to that part. It would be nice to link that part to the corresponding item number in the parts list and if the parts list is renumbered, the item numbers associated with each part view would update accordingly.
I've tried placing a balloon and selecting the individual part, but it will only use "1" as the item number, since it is just a component and not an assembly. Perhaps, when adding a balloon to a part like this, you could select the parts list that you want to reference. Many times, you may have several sheets of details and still want the item numbers to reference the parts list on sheet 1, where the main assembly view and parts list is located.
When there is a lost reference (projected geometry), I would like the option to replace it.
Right now, you have to delete it, select new one, AND then reconstrain.
For the picture below (just to simulate my complaint), I modeled a box, and then created a cut extrusion through it (the circle). After doing so, I decided to split the box in half, making upper half a solid body, and the lower half a separate solid body. The lost reference is in magenta.
I understand that the reference rightfully is lost, but I want to be able to repair it. Yes, this particular model would be an easy fix, but complex parts could be a pain, ESPECIALLY in top down modeling where there is lots of referencing going on.
Allow the end user to decide what method to use for data entry when executing a command... for example, the "Extrude" command does not need both the traditional dialog box and the Mini-Toolbar. Let the end user decide by placing an option in the "Application Options" within the program.
Again, both of these are not needed and honestly make the program seem cumbersome. Please finish implementing the Mini-Toolbars so that this option is available for your end users.
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.
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
It annoys me that I cannot work on my model with the parameters window open all the time.
I don’t know if there a reason for this on the coding end, but I would like to have it open on a second monitor so I can see all the names of my parameters and edit them on the fly.
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 often build custom one-off weldments with 100-150+ unique parts. When I check my parts list for errors and omissions I almost always find a part which I forgot to populate with custom properties. Right now I'm looking at a line item in my parts list and the only thing I know about it is it's made of 316L stainless steel. That only narrows it down to a field of around 90 unique parts.
I think it would be slick if I could simply right click on that line item in my parts list and click an open option bringing me directly to where I need to be to add the neccessary information for this part saving me some very valuable time. This would be very simple to add since, obviously Inventor already knows what this part is.
Please add a separate visibility switch as shown below. Sometimes I need it on and sometime I need it off; if I need it off I have to go into the text menu and clear out the second property (A click fest that gets old by the second time). Thanks!
It would be truly helpful to have the possibility to insert standard bolted connections to models within frame generator. I know that there is software like Tekla structures and Autodesk structual detailing, but you don't have to design whole buildings before it is necessary to use bolted connections. Most smaller scale structures needs to be shipped in containers and assembled on site.
We require the ability to disable (wiithout ability for users to bypass) all Autodesk 360 cloud features. This is a security risk for my industry and would not be allowed per government regulations.
Currently the ipn environment feels somewhat out of date, so here are some points i think could be improved:
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?
The more I move fully into Inventor the more I miss some of the little things that made MDT so quick for me. One of them I really wish was added is when you double click on a balloon it would bring up what the balloon references like it did in MDT. It would also be nice to be able to edit some iProperies like Comments/Notes for that part in the dialog. See Image
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