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.dwg Revision

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06-14-2011 06:57 AM

I am trying to get a grasp on IV drawings and one thing that troubles me is that when a .dwg needs revising, it seems that the only way to update an existing drawing is to delete the old part and add the revised part. Why is there no "replace component" option as there is in the assembly enviornment? What is the correct work flow? I don't use vault so, all file management is done manually. For instance, "part rev a.ipt" is modified and renamed "part rev b.ipt". Then "part rev a.dwg" is copied and renamed "part rev b.dwg". On the rev b drawing, do I really have to delete the primary view of "part rev a.ipt" and replace it with the "part rev b.ipt" model? Seems counter productive to me. Do the links to the bom have to be re-established once the new part is on the drawing? I'm looking for a best practice here so, let me hear how everyone else deals with this. BTW I'm on IV 2010 for the moment, hoping to update to IV 2011 very soon.

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Re: .dwg Revision

06-14-2011 12:27 PM in reply to: todd.cannon

Hi! On R2012 and R2011 (with Subscription Advantage Pack), you can change the model source files (ipt/iam/ipn).

On R2010 or earlier, you will have to force it. You will need to either relocate or rename the model source files. Then open the drawing. Inventor will prompt you to find the source file. There, you can select a new model source file.



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Principal SQA Engineer, Inventor
Mechanical Design
Autodesk, Inc.

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Re: .dwg Revision

06-15-2011 08:23 AM in reply to: johnsonshiue

Thanks for clearing that up for me. I guess I could use the force technique you describe but, I am hoping that we will soon see our upgrade to R2011. Now I only have to convince the powers that be (IT) to include the Subscription Advantage Pack in their push.

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Re: .dwg Revision

06-15-2011 10:18 AM in reply to: todd.cannon

Hi todd.cannon,


Just a quick correction to what johnsonshiue typed:


With Inventor 2011and 2012 you can point drawig files to different models by going to the Manage tab and using the Replace Model Reference button. With Inventor 2010 you can do the same thing, if you have the subscription advantage pack installed.


johnsonshiue was just one version off is all. So it might be worth installing the subscription advantage pack for Inventor 2010 if you have it now.


I hope this helps.

Best of luck to you in all of your Inventor pursuits,


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Re: .dwg Revision

05-02-2012 09:22 AM in reply to: Curtis_Waguespack

The way I see it, based on the historical facts, the Subscription Advantage Pack contains the functions that SHOULD ALREADY BE INCLUDED IN the main program, b/c they constitute functions that we use daily as a matter of standard modeling/drafting routine. ADVANTAGE PACKS typically include functions SPECIFIC TO PARTICULAR DISCIPLINES ONLY, which is how it's been in this industry since I started back in the late 80's.


Who can tell me where I can get the subscription advantage pack without paying the EXTORTION FEE, that's never helped me at any time in the past when I used to subscribe to it?


Thanks ... Chris

... Chris
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