Ever had a drawing where you wanted an aligned to edge orientation for a break view? I have!!!
If yes, please vote to add this simple yet highly effective functionality I feel has always been missing.
Example. Bent piece of pipe that I wanted to put on a B size drawing and in full scale. Can't use the Break tool on the bent section and keep the break aligned how I want it due to limitation of only Vertical or Horizontal Break orientation....
Result of horizontal break. Not nice to look at in this case is it?
My proposed fancy new "Aligned" orientation button....
You would use Edge selection to select the edge you want your Break to be perpendicular to (or possibly ability to edit the Break properties at the sketch level?).....
The end result would be a MUCH nicer and desired result....
When in an Assembly, I would like to be able to select a component, either in the model area or the tree, I would like to be able to see all of the edges of the model, and not just the visible edges. When I say visible ones, I am assuming the "Visual Style" is set to "Shaded".
This would aid so much in seeing how things line up, or checking for interference, without having to change "Visual Style" to show hidden lines and clutter up the assembly.
This screenshot is from ProE. Note that I did not make all components in front of the component of interest transparent. I simply selected the component, and it shows me all of the edges, both directly visible, and those that are behind other components.
hopefully I am not alone who would appreciate a chance to add a New Folder in the Browser Panel in Parts. This function exists in Assemblies and Drawings, but not in Parts. I believe this would increase lucidity and comfort in more complex parts.
I hate to say it, but SolidWorks has different icons in the browser for fully constraint parts and parts that has some degrees of freedom left...
I would like to have that also within Inventor.
It is a usefull feature and (ex-) SolidWorks engineers ak me all the time, how in Inventor, they can easily see, if a part is fully constraint.
The "Degrees of Freedom" feature doesn't work with large assemblies. It would be nice, if you can see it in the browser.
See a suggestion how it can look in the attachment.
If you use adaptivity, it is a good practice, to suppress it, if no further adaptive changes are needed at that moment.
You can always unsuppress it, if changes has to be calculated again in the adaptive part.
The only thing is, if a part has been made adaptive, but adaptivity has been suppressed, you cannot see it in the browser; the part looks like any other, non-adaptive part.
It would be nice, if the adaptivity icon not deisappears, but changes.
See attached idea.
We have discussed this Idea many times in our engineering department over the years. We would like the ability to suppress any model feature from a drawing view. This would eliminate the necessity for multiple 3D models. So as each operation a component goes thru requires a new model which is very redundant. Like the old saying goes "keep it simple". Why have 3 models when all you need is one. Say you have a peice of cold rolled steel flat stock it gets a simple threaded bolt pattern on one face and a second on one of the edges and has to be ground on both faces. This would require 2-3 models for the CNC to be programmed correctly. One model for the blank steel plate, one model for the drilled & tapped threaded bolt hole patterns & then one for the finished component with ground faces. It would be way easier and less time consuming for your end users if they did not have to continue to create new files but just turn on and off the features that they need for whatever manufacturing operation the component is in.
In a marketing sense it would make our work load way less by drastically improving our effiency.
The attached browser bar screen shot is an example of what I'm talking about. See the four features highlighted? These are in two different models. If you could right click on the feature and suppress it there would not be a need for a second model all four features could be from one model.
After much discussion in a different thread (which can be seen here) I think that Feature Representations would be a great idea, it would be similar to Positional Reps and View Representations. It would require the ability to create Feature Representations where a person could create a Feautre Representations for each stage (op number) of manufacturing the part where we can turn feature(s) on and off. Then you would have one model to maintain and you could either create multiple views or mutliple sheets to represent the stages of production. You would be able to easily follow through the Feature Representations to see the evolution of the part throught the Manufacturing process.
This would be a great for items like a shaft that gets features added to it for each Manufacturing Operation such as this example:
op-10: Cut Steel Blanks (Round stock cut to a specific length)
op-20: machine one end of shaft with a partial profile which takes into account the addition grind stock required for a future grind operation. and a center in one end.
op-30: flip part in the collet and the profile is finished on the second end along with second center
op-35: form roll threads on one end of shaft
op-40: heat treat
op-50: grind required diameters to finish sizes by mounting on centers
op-60: coating / plating
The above example shows the different stages of a shafts manufacturing process. each stage requires new features and diferences in diameters. some times a shaft or component has to be heat treated, and grind mutiple times, and each stage the diamemter will get smaller until the coating op which means the diametrs will have the thickness of what ever plating it is getting. The model needs to reflect these changes in order to drive dimensions correctly to ensure the stability of part creation.
"New great feature in this version, Helps are online and constantly updated"
Waouh, Cool, Awesone, Terrific !
...but not reachable :-(
I know that helps can be download and install locally, but by default Autodesk products come now with online helps which is supposed to be the best setting.
So, please Autodesk, buy a bunch a new servers and offers a real online service to your customers.
[Edit: I'm based in France, USA based users may not experience the same behaviors]
Nowadays, we have many multi national projects.
so we need to share Inventor dataset among nations.
the problem is that dataset can be mixed with various kinds of languages.
then it will occur many errors.
for example, korean version of Inventor generates "디자인액셀러에리터" folder for design accelerator.
when I send it to Japan, it will have error.
if we have one setting for "System folder name to English" or "Conetents Center display name to English"
or "Plane, axes display name to English" etc, it will be very nice to share in global.
Even if people are using differnect language packs, for automatically generating folder name ,file name and display name need to be Englsih with one setting.
I'd like to be able to have an associative link to a Revit model in Inventor.
I understand that we can currently bring a Revit model into Inventor but updates made to the design in Revit aren't realized in Inventor.
This would be very valuable when doing building product designs.
It’s very useful that you can create components mirrored applying the same contraints, because when you create a mirror in the Assambly Enviroment, the new parts (that are Derived Parts) keep all degrees of freedom. I think that is possible add a checkbox in the Mirror Components: File Names dialog box to control if you want to apply or infer the constraints or not.
Why does Inventor include these wonderful tools for creating piping ... and then not have any system available for documenting them in an industry standard way? I know I can export them as a .PCF ... but unfortunately Plant 3D doesn't import .PCF, and the tech preview that would do it has expired.
Meanwhile ... my client wants P&ID's & piping isos, and that means that I can't use Inventor, and have to look for a different package to spend more money on.
I couldn't find the general autodesk ideaStation so I'll post this here.
Create annual service packs for all autodesk products. Example ...
2011 Inventor Pro service pack 2 was published 5-19-2011. There have been 23 hotfixes since. It would be nice to be able to just download 2 more service packs (i.e. Service pack 2012 and service pack 2013) to bring a new user up to speed rather than 23 hotfixes. This seems to be a problem across all autodesk products. We get service pack 1 and 2 (maybe 3) and then after that, it's all hotfixes. Please continue to create the hotfixes as they are needed, but provide annual packs to reduce the needed number of downloads for a re-install or new user.
As a lot of you know there are a lot of threads that start out with users systems are running slow, it keeps crashing or there are graphics issues etc...
Inventor should have a diagnostic program that can be run to diagnose your current hardware and help the user to understand how it interfaces with the Autodesk software. This Rx tool could also make suggestions on how to improve the current hardware. Another function would be if there is an issue with how the software is operating (i.e. crashes/slow) it could help narrow down possible causes by recording the repeatable command sequence and analyze what might be causing these issues.
When i use a feature to start a sketch, inventor should finish the feature when i finish the sketch.
I work primarely in Inventor (2011) and occasionally in SolidWorks. And my work is 50% Imperial, 50% Metric. SW has the ability to show dual dimensions in the model sketch. I would like to see the same availability in Inventor.
It would be very helpful if the Model browser would show a small window fly-out with a view of the current page if you are working in a drawing or the part if in an assembly
The attached graphic '11-2-2012 10-41-48 AM.png" show how it could look within a multi-page drawing
"11-2-2012 10-57-47 AM.png" and "11-2-2012 10-58-49 AM.png" shows that it is already beeing done in Inventor down in the lower left corner so it shouldn't be a huge programming issue to make it work on the Browser Bar
Maybe in Vault Pro or Colaboration this is a function, but in workgroup the ability to roll back to a previous revision is not there. I have had this function in other PDM softwares. This needs to be considered strongly as a much needed enhancement.