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*Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
Message 1 of 15 (527 Views)

Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

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06-22-2007 01:39 PM
Hi,
I am trying to create a streamlined best practices guide for the Inventor
CAD Manager to be delivered with the next release of Inventor. If possilbe I
would like to create a Quick Reference guide for the CAD Manager, so that
the CAD Manager can quickly understand how to make the company more
productive.

CAD Managers: Can You give me your top 5 real world tips/suggestions that
should become part of this content?

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly may you wish to discuss
further.

Thank you,
Jeanie Wayker (Autodesk)
248.449.2162
*Mike Maenpaa
Message 2 of 15 (527 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-22-2007 01:57 PM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
1. Project (.ipj) setup. Make a plan at the very beginning before modeling a
single part:
* What the file naming convention is
* Strictly enforce where the files are stored
* How to handle revisions

2. iProperties for all files

3. Constrain sketch to Origin & train users to constrain parts in assemblies
to Work Geometry.

4. Use a central style library & make sure all parts are assigned
appropriate material

5. Check In files when finished.


Mike


"Jeanie Wayker (Autodesk)" wrote in message
news:5635886@discussion.autodesk.com...
Hi,
I am trying to create a streamlined best practices guide for the Inventor
CAD Manager to be delivered with the next release of Inventor. If possilbe I
would like to create a Quick Reference guide for the CAD Manager, so that
the CAD Manager can quickly understand how to make the company more
productive.

CAD Managers: Can You give me your top 5 real world tips/suggestions that
should become part of this content?

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly may you wish to discuss
further.

Thank you,
Jeanie Wayker (Autodesk)
248.449.2162
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djohnson1976
Posts: 319
Registered: ‎01-20-2006
Message 3 of 15 (527 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-22-2007 02:19 PM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
1. Folder Structure and File Naming Conventions

2. Styles Placed on Network

3. Templates Placed on Network

4. Template Titleblocks Driven from iProperties (in preparation for property mapping in Vault / Productstream)

5. Affective Vault Setup
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harvey99
Posts: 90
Registered: ‎09-11-2006
Message 4 of 15 (527 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-22-2007 02:55 PM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
I would love to see a default project file that installs right out of the box that is set up according to Autodesk Best practices.

And I'd like to see the same thing for Vault.

That way when a new user or company installs and doesn't know how to do all of that Autodesk has set them up on the right foot right out of the box.

Then if they want to change things later they can, but at least they hit the ground running.
*Dave Hoder
Message 5 of 15 (527 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-22-2007 02:56 PM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
1. Define a library file structure and naming convention that allows for
hundreds or thousands of different types of hardware.
a. A good starting place for file structure is a McMaster Carr catalog.
b. A good starting place for naming is Keyword(s)_Mfr_MfrPN
2. Don't let users add parts to the library without reviewing them for
adhereance to standards.
a. This is especially important with iParts and iAssemblies
3. If you don't assign part numbers to all parts define a part naming
convention.
4. Define rules for skeletal & muscular modeling.
5. Implement vault even if you only use it to track file relationships.
*Dennis Jeffrey
Message 6 of 15 (528 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-22-2007 03:23 PM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
Default project - hard to do for a generic fix. Most of these have been
mentioned by others.....

1. Create a good data management structure that supports Single project
structure, multiple libraries and different jobs.
2. Create a single project to support the above Data structure.
3. Create a shared location to support templates, design data, and content
center.
4. Enforce standardized part naming when created, rather than renaming files
after the fact.
5. Organize libraries by discipline and part type. Eliminate all duplicates.
6. One part = one part file = one drawing. Drop detailing of multiple parts
in an assembly IDW.
7. Require frequent training to keep everyone on the same page. Once/twice a
month for a couple hours in house or with a pro trainer.
8. Enforce drawing and tolerancing standards. Implement GD&T if the
application demands it.
9. Use Vault, Productstream or another PDM system. Everyone seems to hate
the control, but it saves hours....
10. Concentrate modeling on preserving design intent.

Hey, I know I was supposed to stop at 5, but please understand, David
Letterman is from Indiana..... :smileyhappy:


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wrote in message news:5635960@discussion.autodesk.com...
I would love to see a default project file that installs right out of the
box that is set up according to Autodesk Best practices.

And I'd like to see the same thing for Vault.

That way when a new user or company installs and doesn't know how to do all
of that Autodesk has set them up on the right foot right out of the box.

Then if they want to change things later they can, but at least they hit the
ground running.
*JB
Message 7 of 15 (528 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-26-2007 03:38 AM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
1. Centralised Template and Design Data Folder.

2. Edit templates so that certain iProperties are set to most commonly used
values, and part material set to your most commonly used material as opposed
to Default (water).

3. Use a single project file with a logical folder structure organised by
project number/product range with library folders configured in a Vault
friendly manner for ease of transition to Vault/PS. Most AutoCAD users have
something similar apart from the library folders/CC storage location.

4. Use centralised ADMS for content libraries. Copy to custom library the
components that you use and modify iProperties/filenames to suit your
company stock number/part number. Not helpful for T&P, but for most
companies, they try to use a small set of "preferred" standard
fixings/fasteners/steel stock.

5. User TeamWeb for non content center standard parts for ease of use.

John Bilton
--
"It seemed like a good idea at the time..."
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KendredCooper
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Registered: ‎11-01-2006
Message 8 of 15 (528 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-26-2007 06:21 AM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
Dennis' 1-4 nailed it. Those are the biggest issues that I've seen with most companies. The only thing that I'd add to that is:

#5. Identify and document modeling process flow of models that have similar design. This gets everyone modeling similar shapes in a similar manner - very stable for changes. So, if you make C-Clamps of varying size with only slight additions/subtractions of features, get everyone modeling the clamps using the same steps in creating features.
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djohnson1976
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Registered: ‎01-20-2006
Message 9 of 15 (528 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-26-2007 07:33 AM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
One topic that I have had considerable frustration with is the Content Center.

Customizing it...
Using the unique filename library instead of the non-unique one that comes with Inventor...
Using it in conjunction with the Vault...without running into problems with unique filenames...

By the way, has anyone had any luck enforcing unique filenames in the Vault? This is something we are striving to achieve, but it seems highly impractical.
*Dave Hoder
Message 10 of 15 (528 Views)

Re: Best Practices for the Inventor CAD Manager

06-26-2007 07:47 AM in reply to: *Jeanie Wayker \(Autodesk\)
We've been using unique file names from the beginning (about 2 years).

By the way, has anyone had any luck enforcing unique filenames in the Vault?
This is something we are striving to achieve, but it seems highly
impractical.
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