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Creating 2D Shop Drawings

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09-23-2011 12:02 PM


The steel assemblies we make usually consist of < 10 members, some of which have holes, are cut at angles, or are coped to match pipes, tube etc... Each member with an operation, say a drilled hole, requires a shop detail locating the hole. I am trying to come up with a way using Inventor Professional 2011 to do this linked to an excel file.


I've created a standard 3D part with hole locating parameters linked to an excel file and this works beautifully in generating a 3D model. I've created drawing views and annotated them with the dimensions I want and these dimensions update every time the excel sheet updates, which is great. The problem I am having is the drawing is always trying to regenerate itself to scale. These shop details need to be on an A size sheet whether the piece of steel is 10 or 100 inches long. I need to find a way to make a generic template where only the dimensions on the drawing change. 


Ideally, I could skip the 3D part step altogether and go straight to the shop drawing, but I would rather not have to do some VBA if there is an easier way.

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