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rodl
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Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

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04-11-2014 04:42 AM
Inventor the tool for professional engineers? Yes , or is Inventor a tool for drawing 3D pictures. I was quite sad to hear an engineer say that they have moved into management and do not use Inventor because Inventor is for drafting persons and not engineers. Engineers need to calculate and design not draw. Is Inventor moving from engineering to a drawing program? Lets face it AutoCad is the best drawing program around. Is the presumption that Inventor being a Autodesk product is just another "better drafting package" One of the problems in engineering products for production is tolerance analyst. Lets see what Inventor has got? A tolerance calculator, yes but how useful is it. Well it plain sucks. that is Ok we can use excel spreadsheets. It has being that way for years. But what is Solidworks doing with TolAnalyst.... This is what I would expect Inventor to do, only better. The power of a decent tolerance calculator with 3D GD&T dimension in the model. This is what Engineers need. The fancy drawing IDW, DWG files are secondary. Another thing on tolerance. Why is it you can only add tolerance in sketches. Why can you not add tolerance to extrusions and flanges in sheet metal? Is this the old 2D drawing thinking? Engineers need more and better tools built into Inventor to change it from a drawing package to an engineering package. This is just one example. Is Inventor turning into a fancy drawing tool or is it an engineering tool? I will let you decide.
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stephenrottloff7259
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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

04-11-2014 05:19 AM in reply to: rodl

According to the internet, my table saw sucks.  Yet, I built a sharp looking entertainment center with it.  I will let you decide.

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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

04-11-2014 06:46 AM in reply to: rodl

It's both.  But, there are definetly areas that needs to be improved on the engineering side.  Take for example, any of the Power Transmission calculators on the Design tab. There is some great information there, if we knew how to use it.  As an engineer, I have tried to use the "Press Fit Calculator" and struggled with it.... ended up doing it by hand or with a different calculator.

 

JD posted about the lack of information in this area a while back in this post.

 

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LT.Rusty
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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

04-11-2014 07:59 AM in reply to: stephenrottloff7259

stephenrottloff7259 wrote:

According to the internet, my table saw sucks.  Yet, I built a sharp looking entertainment center with it.  I will let you decide.


 

I'll need pictures if I'm going to make a decision here.


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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

04-11-2014 10:25 AM in reply to: rodl

I'd have to say it's both. I've seen plenty of places that use it mainly for modeling and detailing where only the drafters and designers have access to it. Other places I've seen engineers use it right along side the drafters and designers.

Inventor is in no way a one trick pony, it all comes down to how you use it or what you want to use it for.

Based on my experience with both Inventor and SW side by side at one client, Inventor was used more often by the Engineers, even ones that came in as SW users. Once they got their bearings on how to use Inventor, they basically refused to go back to SW.

 

The last time I've seen and used SW it was basically a glorified drafting tool....it allowed you to create nice models and was fairly capable of detailing those models...but then again I know numerous places that will model in SW and then detail those models in ACad....what's that tell you about detailing in SW?

 

Again, if you want to use the Engineering aspects of Inventor, I'd dive in deep and learn how to use the tools it offers. Granted, they may have some issues but please tell me a software that is this complex that doesn't have any issues at all? Hell, how many times in a single month do we need to accept updates for Windows or Adobe? And don't even get me started on the number of service packs and patches SW forced me to keep up with.

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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

04-11-2014 01:09 PM in reply to: rodl

"Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?"

 

One could ask the same question about a pencil.  I'd say it depends on the skill of the operator.

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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

06-24-2014 05:18 AM in reply to: LT.Rusty

Just going through some of my old posts and found this request for a photo   : )

 

 

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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

06-24-2014 06:56 AM in reply to: stephenrottloff7259

Well, I don't know about your table saw, but your entertainment center definitely doesn't suck.


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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

06-24-2014 08:48 AM in reply to: LT.Rusty
As posted, both, depending on the level and competence of the user. You can have, straight CAD people designing and assembling models, while at the same time you can have users analyzing the model through FEA or using the Design Analysis to check the welds, springs and bearings, or doing Dynamic Simulation on the model/assembly.
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Re: Is Inventor a drawing tool or engineering tool?

06-24-2014 08:58 AM in reply to: rodl

rodl wrote:
... to hear an engineer say that they have moved into management and do not use Inventor because Inventor is for drafting persons and not engineers. ...
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Promoted beyond their level of competence.

 

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