Importing files can work well but only if you're really paying attention. I frequently see users who are not aware of the options for translation because they don't see them pop up in their face. I see the options as "side step" that must be remembered each time instead of the linear workflow that Inventor should provide.
IDEA: Remove the "Options..." button. Launch the "Import Options" immediately after clicking "Open".
Of course the user should have the option to "set defaults and never prompt me again". Defaults would need to be set for each filetype.
Allow the end user to decide what method to use for data entry when executing a command... for example, the "Extrude" command does not need both the traditional dialog box and the Mini-Toolbar. Let the end user decide by placing an option in the "Application Options" within the program.
Again, both of these are not needed and honestly make the program seem cumbersome. Please finish implementing the Mini-Toolbars so that this option is available for your end users.
I think it would be really useful if you could simple create multiple styles (like dimesnion styles and such) and simply choose one of them as the default for a specific template.
Instead of having to create multiple standards for every template to get the combination you need (especially if working for multiple ompanies or customers who require different dimenion standards and such) you could simply grab the template you designed (for title block and such) and it would already have the desired styles for that job.
No need to worry about changing styles or standards for different jobs, just grab the template you need and you are good to go.
The view projecion seems incomplete to me... Sometimes, I want to be able to see the back view of the model in addition to the front view, which is the standard base view. Wouldn't it be nice to simply project the back side from the base model instead of creating a second base view? If you could use CTRL+CLICK, this could show the side opposite of the base view. Then to continue with that, CTRL+CLICK above and below that rear view to project some isometric rear views. All of these views would be linked together with representations and alignment, making a quicker workflow.
This is an enhancement, that could be used in development of bottle screw feeders or similar tasks.
With state-of-the-art, Inventor can't handle this with good results.
See file and this topic:
- In added sample, switch Body2 invisible
- Now you can see 3DSketch1 and 3DSketch2
- Workplane1 is placed through both ends and the midpoint of 3DSketch2
- Sketch3 is the projection of 3DSketch2 towards Workplane1
- SweepSurface1 is the sweep of Sketch3 along 3DSketch1
Now try to sweep 3DSketch2 along 3DSketch1. You can't do so.
But that's what we need. Much more preferred than small UI changes.
When i create holes, we use a lot of points 2D to place holes on it in a later stage.
First I use Circle, Polygon, Rectangle, Line construction geometry, then we place 2D points or create even more construction geometry to place those points.
It would be great if the Points 2D are automatically placed by pushing a shortcut when i draw a rectangle, circle, polygon with a few extra options!
I use the save and replace component tool a lot but I'd like to see an extra option added to it. If there are multiple copies of part1 in an assembly and I want to replace them all with a new copy it takes two steps. First save and replace component one part1 and then do a replace all components on a remaining part1.
I would like to see the option to save and replace ALL componets. So it would create a copy of a part and replace all other instances at once.
In Tube & Pipe, sometimes you have a run that is built fitting to fitting with no actual route involved. See the example in the picture, it is made up entirely of pipe nipples and fitings... quite common in the real world of piping. If, however, you need to make a change in the middle of one of these runs, you have to break all of the connections downstream of that change, and basically redo the entire line. For some reason, T&P wants to recalculate (and often change) the rotation of each fitting, and so requires that the connections be broken first.
My Idea... is to fix this. In my example line, the regulator needed to be pulled out of the line and reconnected facing the other way. Simply rotating it 180 degrees won't work because then it would be upside down. In order to accomplish this, all of the downstream connections between tees and nipples had to be deleted and reconnected. A lot of work for a simple change.
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....
I have been using the Frame generator more lately and have struggled with a few things. On some of my designs, its easier to sketch the "CenterLine" of the elements and work with that. My problem is there is no way to sweep the centerline along a path. I would like to be able to pick a point and give it a path and this would create a line along that path, then if the path changes, so does that swept line.
Currently we can only select "Geometry" to sweep, either as a solid or surface. If we could sweep these points, then in Frame Generator, this line could be selected to build the members from. I had rather use the centerline because many times, I do not know the shape/size of the member I am trying to place.
I have large assemblies with several position reps. I might need to add an override to a mate constraint in each rep. Currently I have to edit each rep individually. This took me about 2 hours this morning to cycle through the 18 reps in my assembly.
I would like to be able to apply a common change to several reps as one action.
It would also be nice to be able to bulk edit design reps and LODs too.
It would be truly helpful to have the possibility to insert standard bolted connections to models within frame generator. I know that there is software like Tekla structures and Autodesk structual detailing, but you don't have to design whole buildings before it is necessary to use bolted connections. Most smaller scale structures needs to be shipped in containers and assembled on site.
In Autocad, if you split a table into multiple section... perhaps due to height restrictions...., you have the option of setting a gap between sections. In Inventor, splitting a table places the split sections right next to each other. This sometimes makes it hard to see that this is, in fact, a split table. See picture:
This could be an optional gap, and the width determined by the user in the styles manager.
I've searched the Idea Station but didn't find something quite like this with replace (although I did find a lot of requests to change the replace functionality)
When replacing a component, the only options available are "Replace" and "Replace all". This can be troublesome when trying to replace only a few items and not all of them e.g. 4 out of 8 dowels.
So to illustrate here is an example:
If you want to replace 4 out of 8 dowels you will have to repeat the "Replace" operation 4 times, as "Replace all" would obviously replace all 8.
If there was the option of “Replace selected”, you could have selected the 4 dowels and replaced them in 1 step.
This is an efficiency enhancement that would make many designers lives much easier!
I have an iPart table referencing the parameter names and thus I would like the parameter names on the dimension lines instead of there numeric value. In order to achieve this I have to write the parameter names all over again and suppress the numeric value. In part modeling I have this ability to switch between value, name, expression, tolerance and precise value depending on what I would like displayed on the dimension lines.
I think it would be a nice feature if there is the possibility to define a pattern of elements or bodys in part or parts in assembly, by selecting another pattern in the assembly for example. Or by selecting a sketch.
So it would be possible to define patterns with unsimilar gaps between to positions. For example you have a straight pipe and you need 3 inlet positions on it. The first position at 0mm, the second at 200mm and the third at 600mm. All inlets are similar. This could be possible with a sketched path with positioning points i think.
Can we please get rid of the multiple save crap..
If I start a drawing and hit save when I hit the X to close why does Inventor ask to save again? When nothing was done..
How many clicks does it take to save?
I am not sure who Autodesk has as lead programmer but the person must love the sound of a clicking mouse because he sure added many more to do the same thing..
The ability to suppress features and create Level Of Detail representations in part files would be very useful.
I have a bent tube that goes into an assembly in the formed state. However, I would like to detail this part to show both the pre-formed and formed states of the part on my drawing. Currently I can not do this without creating additional files (derived parts or iParts). Ideally I would be able to suppress the Bend Part feature as a LOD to place the pre-formed part view.
I have a part file with a lot of detailed edges and surfaces and I use this part over and over in my assemblies, I would like to be able to suppress features as a LOD an use the simplified version in the assembly, but still have the detailed version for my part drawing. Again we'd like to be able to do this, without having additional files to track.