Inventor General Discussion

Inventor General Discussion

Reply
Distinguished Contributor
raymondlee306
Posts: 179
Registered: ‎09-30-2008
Message 1 of 5 (563 Views)

Projects Best Practices

563 Views, 4 Replies
10-19-2012 07:03 AM

Hello All,

 

We have been using a single project placed in the top folder where are drawings are stored with no workspace assigned and we do not use Vault currently. Meaning 1 project with 500 jobs under it. We started using Inventor many, many years ago and our industry grew very fast making learning better ways always get put aside to get the jobs done. Now we have a moment to breath and want to get things taken care of. Up until Inventor 2012 this never really gave us a problem. In 2012 we found a work around, but in 2013 I get constant errors about files not being in the active project especially since we have started using the Routed Systems module.

 

Obviously I want those to go away and one way I'm concidering doing that is to start creating one project file for each job in the job's folder with the workspace pointed to that folder. I've done some testing and it works pretty good with no errors.

 

Now, It's not uncommon for me to be working on 5+ jobs at a time and we also work very close with our fabricators meaning at any given time someone could walk thrugh the door and ask a question about a job I worked on 6 months ago. If I can only have one project open at a time, what is the best practice for not having to shut down what I'm working on to verify a dimension or something?

 

We have enough horsepower in our computers to run 3 instances of Inventor which I have tested and can have different projects going if needs be, but can be a little "buggy" with some files already being accessed by the first instance.

 

I'm curious how others may handle a situation like this. Or have some more experience with projects and can offer some advice. We also are going to pay Autodesk to come in for a couple days and look at our setup as well as teach us some things. I know we need a new dedicated sever moving forward. "Does anyone know of any higher function" books I could get? I know how to draw a square and the user interface, I want to know iLogic, Projects, Vault implementation, etc.

 

Thanks for reading I know it's a long post,

Ray

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 28,238
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 2 of 5 (560 Views)

Re: Projects Best Practices

10-19-2012 07:13 AM in reply to: raymondlee306

You might start research by looking for past classes on these topics here

http://au.autodesk.com

 

What is the folder structure under you Single Project workflow?

Please mark this response as "Accept as Solution" if it answers your question.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autodesk Inventor 2015 Certified Professional
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Certified Professional
Certified SolidWorks Professional
Inventor Professional 2015-SP1 64-bit
http://www.autodesk.com/edcommunity
http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/content/DSG322/inventor_surface_tutorials.htm
Distinguished Contributor
raymondlee306
Posts: 179
Registered: ‎09-30-2008
Message 3 of 5 (542 Views)

Re: Projects Best Practices

10-19-2012 07:54 AM in reply to: JDMather

Thanks JD, I'll check out the University and see if there is anything in our area coming up.

 

Folder Structer is:

 

Company Server

   -Engineering Partition

      -Jobs Folder (old project file location)

           -Job001

                  -Inventor Files Folder (New proposed project file location and workspace)

                           -Engine Folder (holds iam of engine and engine parts)

                           -Steel Folder (holds Structure iam's and beam ipt's)

                            -Pipe (routed systems and misc pipe components, valves)

                           -MainArrangement.iam

                           -Project file .ipj

                  -Other Folder (CAd Stuff)

                  -Other Folder (customer specs)

           -Job002

           -Job003

           -etc

 

*Expert Elite*
JDMather
Posts: 28,238
Registered: ‎04-20-2006
Message 4 of 5 (537 Views)

Re: Projects Best Practices

10-19-2012 07:58 AM in reply to: raymondlee306

I meant on-line classes

http://au.autodesk.com/?nd=classes

Please mark this response as "Accept as Solution" if it answers your question.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Autodesk Inventor 2015 Certified Professional
Autodesk AutoCAD 2013 Certified Professional
Certified SolidWorks Professional
Inventor Professional 2015-SP1 64-bit
http://www.autodesk.com/edcommunity
http://home.pct.edu/~jmather/content/DSG322/inventor_surface_tutorials.htm
Distinguished Contributor
raymondlee306
Posts: 179
Registered: ‎09-30-2008
Message 5 of 5 (532 Views)

Re: Projects Best Practices

10-19-2012 08:05 AM in reply to: JDMather

Thanks, I noticed that after I went to the site and had a look around. I just signed up on the site and am looking at the past ones right now. Lot of information there.

Post to the Community

Have questions about Autodesk products? Ask the community.

New Post
Announcements
Do you have 60 seconds to spare? The Autodesk Community Team is revamping our site ranking system and we want your feedback! Please click here to launch the 5 question survey. As always your input is greatly appreciated.