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JoeBarnes4076

Repeat Components in Assembly Mode

Status: Comments Requested
by Active Contributor JoeBarnes4076 on ‎11-05-2012 10:56 PM

 Repeat Component functionality could significantly reduce some repetitive assembly tasks.

 

A good use for this is when assembling fasteners or bolt connections that are assembled with an Insert.  each addtional occurrence should only require a single click, selecting the new circular edge, before imediately prompting for the next occurrences' circular edge and so on. 

some assemblies have a few hundred bolted connections and fasteners.

 

Each new occurrence of the component already has the component references selected.  Only the assembly references for the highlited constraints need to be selected.

 

I wrote an API function to do this but it would be nice to have it out of the box.

 

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Status: Comments Requested
Your mockup seems to look a lot like what iMates deliver. If you have iMates defined on the part being placed and free iMates in the open Assembly you can place multiple compenents using those iMates. Doesn't that workflow satisfy this at least on some level? If not can you explain why anything more is needed?
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by mbergstrom21 on ‎11-23-2012 02:34 PM

Try using Kwiksert for fasteners in the meantime. It does exactly what you are describing.

by *Expert Elite* on ‎12-18-2012 07:40 AM

I own Kwiksert as well, but you have to purchase Kwiksert.  This functionality should be included in Inventor.

by Employee on ‎01-28-2013 12:34 PM
Status changed to: Comments Requested
Your mockup seems to look a lot like what iMates deliver. If you have iMates defined on the part being placed and free iMates in the open Assembly you can place multiple compenents using those iMates. Doesn't that workflow satisfy this at least on some level? If not can you explain why anything more is needed?
by Active Contributor JoeBarnes4076 on ‎02-05-2013 01:05 PM

You dont have to stop and setup any iMates.  Imported legacy and vendor components?  Kwiksert works pretty good for fasteners.  Creo (Pro/e) has something like this and it works great.  Creo has iMate type functionality but the repeat command doesn't require any setup.

by a.sima on ‎05-13-2013 11:47 PM

just a simple REPLACE as in proe. Why imates, that's stupid!

by kevinb on ‎12-30-2013 10:49 AM

It looks like a change to intuitivness and integration, rather than new functionality.  For one thing, this can be done from within the assembly environment rather than the part environment.  In addition, imates is buried in the Manage ribbon instead of the Modeling tab.  Maybe if it were over in the Modeling/Work Feature block? Having to rifle through the ribbons looking for commands is bad UI.

 

I suppose if you've got a shaft that you're going to be mounting in multiple ways, imates would be a clunky way of doing it as it would like to stick to imates.

by Contributor neil.hamilton ‎01-15-2014 08:35 AM - edited ‎01-15-2014 08:49 AM

I did not choose Inventor. I miss Pro/E because I AM an engineer, and want all the hard to use features. Like equation curve that will work in Cartesian instead of only parametric-which stinks.

 

I vote Inventor buys, bundles and simply pushes kwiksert so Inventor is at least competitive with Pro/E on some level with respect to this function.

 

To be fair, I tried using Imate on the fastener, and that is a bit faster. Still, repeat in Pro/E was a very good function, and was available back in 2008.

by mddavis on ‎09-17-2014 01:18 PM

I will second everything said here. iMate works, but as with many things Inventor, is clunky to set up compared to other systems. I will also agree it works well once configured for a specific part/assembly, but legacy parts in large repositories (containing several hundred repeatable components) won't have iMates.

 

It's much more extensible to allow a part to be constained once, then copied with those constraints and quickly re-applied througout an assembly. iMates also don't handle cases where a part may not be consistently constrained but may be repeatable. Do look at other CAD packages to see some very slick workflows for this sort of procedure.

 

Thanks for the consideration behind this.

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