Per my forum question:
I'm a bit fussy about my visual style used. I like "Shaded with edges", and I want the edges black. I have set up the display to this setting in Appllication Options, Display tab (Use application Settings), and Settings button. Excellent, that's nice. (I have also mapped the numpad 6 to that style, along with 5 is Shaded with hidden edges, and 4 is wireframe).
However, In Inventor 2014 Stress Analysis and Dynamic simulation, the visual style defaults to "Shaded" (no edges). Ok, i can live with that, I guess. I'll just hit NumPad 6 and it looks good again.
Ctrl-Tab to another open file, make a change or two, come back to the DynSim and - hang on, where are my edges?? Ok, i can just hit 6 again, but should I have to? I haven't ever seen this display property changed when changing between files before.
Upon editing text in an Inventor drawing via "Format Text", if any typographical emphasis (bold, italics, underline) or other font changes are modified on the text, instantly that text is no longer tied to the attributed style ("Note Text (ISO)" for example). Inventor however still reports that the edited text is indeed actively referring to a style, when in fact it's not.
I propose a simple tick box, that when any typographical emphasis is engaged on text that a tick-box called "Style Override" engages automatically, which clearly tells the user/editor that the active style is being overridden.
If these "Format Text" manual changes need to be removed at a later date, all that's required is for this tick-box to be de-selected, and the text will again return to its designated style. To further assist this particular workflow, for multiple text entries that need to return to their original style, they could all be selected and then from a right click menu "Style Override" could be disengaged, returning all selected text to their original style.
Are there any further thoughts on this idea? Good, bad, ugly?
3D PDF export should be a built in feature of Inventor. There are well of a 1000 posts on this topic, so I feel that Autodesk should take some action. Other vendors (e.g. PTC) offer this function. Autodesk users will have to rely on third party solutions. These solutions are volnurable as they may be incompatible when the tools are upgraded.
At the moment you only have the option to make an IPN view associative when you initially create it (see below).
It woud be really usefull to have the option to edit this after the view has been created.
Anyone who has worked in a large drawing office, on large assemblies, which have been worked on by a large variation of people with a large variation of skills, will have sat and watched the spinny circle of doom for minutes and minutes on end. Go grab a coffee, it might be done before you get back.
It's a daily occurence in my current office, whether it be:
Waiting 10 minutes for an Assembly to open:
Waiting a good few minutes for Inventor to compute an edit to a drawing view:
Waiting a couple of minutes for Inventor to calculate mass properties:
Or my biggest problem, waiting a lifetime for it to perform a geomtery update on an assembly:
The reasons for the delays are probably avoidable, bad modelling, released and/or locked files causing a hold up, large derived parts taking a while to compute, complex calculations on specific files etc etc but the problem is it's a mystery, there's no visual feedback for what it's doing.
Tell me which ones! I honestly don't mind waiting 10 minutes to update a model, if Inventor told me which specific child parts are causing the delay.
I'd like to suggest a progress bar, similar to Vault's Get/Checkout progress bar, show me which files it's processing during these extensive periods of Not Responding downtime.
If I can visually see which file(s) are causing the extended periods of downtime, I can then target them individually and investigate those files.
This would also increase user confidence in the application. If they're sat waiting 20 minutes for an Assembly to open, rather than have them assume their PC is rubbish or Inventor is slow today, if they could see that actually it's a 300mb derived part being pulled over the network or it's currently stuck opening a complex IPT which they had bother with yesterday, it gives them feedback and info which is infinitely more useful than sitting looking at a not responding spinny circle of doom
I haven't seen this posted here as of yet but have seen numerous posts and requests for the ability to add threads within the assembly environment since about 2008.
A co-worker ran across this issue just this morning and aside from having to do a derived part or use multi-bodies to accomplish his needs, why can't we simply have the ability to insert/create a thread feature at the assembly level?
This would support real world processes would it not? And isn't that the way most would prefer to model their parts/assemblies as?
How bout it ADesk, can we get some love on this matter? 2008 was a long time ago in software terms.
I've been working on a sketch where I've had to change the colour/linetype of a selection of lines and curves.
So far I've had to click on the line (or ctrl + click on line to select multiple lines), then RMB > properties to accomplish this.
In AutoCAD I would do this by selecting the Match Properties command and simply select the items I wish. Thus saving my few clicks and several seconds.
Is there such a thing in Inventor? If not, why not?
We often have to neck down our through hole when drilling gauge taps due to limited space, and it'd be nice if we could control the through hole's diameter and tap drill depth in one hole feature / hole note.
An example note with auto-populated fields in brackets:
[Ø.891] X [.88 MAX]
[3/4 - 14 NPT]
It may be asking too much, however, as I believe the challenge would be the current availability of symbols in the hole note dialog.
Now we have Autodesk Inventor HSM, it will be nice to have a new feature that sweeps a solid allong a path.
When you use a profile milling it is hard to design the result.
But when you simulate it within Inventor HSM, you see how the results look.
So please make a feature to design easier results like this.
For those of us who do not use Auto Routes in tube & pipe, it would be very handy if the dimensions and constraints I plce in a route do not change unless I change them. Currently these constraints and dimensions can randomly change whenever I add, delete or change a fitting in the route. Once I have placed a dimension or constraint, I should at the very least be given the option of locking them so they cannot change if something else in the route changes.
Example: I want the corner of a route to be an exact distance from the edge of my machine frame, so I place a dimension from the endpoint of the route to a workplane created in the route using "Include Geometry". I then add a tee to that leg of the route, and the dimension I placed (as well as any constraints) are replaced by dimensions that Inventor places on the route. Inventor does not know my design intent better than I do, so I should have complete control over these dimensions and constraints... if they blow up on me, let it be on my head.
When providing for clearance in corners, we are sometimes required to provide for a "negative" corner radius. Presently, Inventor does not allow for this and we have to use other means to place this feature (new sketch and extrude, ifeatures...etc). I would like to be able to either enter a negative value for the fillet, or have an option in the fillet command to run the fillet the opposite direction. In the image below, I show the "negative" fillet.
I added this post to the Inventor forum hoping I was missing something. It appears I'm not.
There needs to be better controls to place aligned dimensions. I mentioned in the original post that a UCS change (like in Autocad) could do it but I now feel that Inventor should just have a RMB option to select an edge to align the dimension to.
maybe it is not according to drawing standards, but in the workshop this dimension is needed, and now should be calculated.
thats why it would be nice to have the option to set the hole dept for top till lowest point.
It would be useful to have IV automatically calculate quantities for fillets and chamfers like it does for holes. Where I work it is not generally accepted to use typical notes for quantities. If IV can calculate hole quantities for holes as winthin a single feature, pattern, or as a view why can't it do it for fillets and chamfers?
Currently, to replace a model, one has to use the command in the ribbon.
To have a button in the "Edit view" dialog box would be much easier to access and straight forward, as shown in the image attached.
From the point of view of programming design, this is very simple to do.
Currently we have to place a sketch point on the midpoint of lines & arcs so we can dimension to them. Which it's productive and kind of adds an additional point of potential failure.
Please add the ability to dimension directly to the midpoint of 2D Sketch elements. SolidWorks makes you select midpoint from the context menu, if you could go one step further and just provide the ability to select it onscreen that would be great. Or via Select Other, which is tolerable with a short delay time set in Application Options.
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