At present, to import any MDT (Mechanical Desktop) data into Inventor you need MDT installed alongside Inventor. The last version of MDT was 2009 and thus is now no longer officially supported. With new operating systems being released (e.g. the recent Windows 8) we need a way for a long term solution to importing/using old MDT data as there will come a time that MDT can either no longer be authorized/registered or even usable on a new OS. Why cannot MDT import code be incorporated into Inventor, much like all the recent SolidWorks/Catia/Pro-Eng import routines?
We all knew about MDT's termination long before the 2009 release (and, in my company's case, we had moved over to Inventor well before then) - but it doesn't ignore the fact that products are still being built using drawings created by MDT and thus we still have MDT data on the system (hell, we still build some products from hand-drawn drawings, designed prior to CAD).
I am sure we are not unique in our need to preserve our long-term accessability to our legacy data and hope Autodesk can allow long-term customers a way to open MDT data from Inventor.
presently we can export our BOM from an inventor assembly.
we can get a fully structured BOM, all levels,
we can get all parts with total qty of all items,
it would be good to get a flattened BOM with every single item whether an assembly, a weldment or a part, and have the total qty of each required to build the top level assembly.
this would avoid the need to manually handle the spreadsheet after we export it from inventor.
it would also be nice to have this new consolidated flattened BOM to be categorised...
eg, group all the assemblys at the top of the list, then group all weldments next, then group all sheet metal parts next, then all non sheet metal parts next.
then as part of this part grouping, if the parts reside in an inventor library, they can also be grouped if desired.
the BOM export window would have a couple of checkboxes that users could select to have any combination of the above if they desire.
this would be a benefit for some of us and a big time saver i believe.
Still the start up time and opening a template takes too long.
I dont know what the the hell it is loading and loading and more loading.....
So how fast do i want it to be? Fast like when you open a template the second time.
It is sometimes very difficult to work out how a model has been created when working on other people’s 3D models.
We need more aids to teach us how someone else has created the 3D model you are now working on.
One aid could be when a sketch has been projected from another sketch, you could hover over and it would indicate the original point/line/sketch/part it was projected from?
How are things sketches created, where do they come from, what references do they use, how were they drawn?
Maybe all dimensions within the actual sketch could be one colour but dimensions to other geometry such as to the origin or to other sketches/featues/workplanes could be in different colours?
Maybe there should be a way to select something in the sketch that will highlight in the feature tree (or somewhere) the workplane it was created on or the surface it was created on, etc?
There must be choice to change "Bend Note". We can only use "UP/DOWN" but we need to change it to Turkish. I'm sure there must be somebodies who wants to use their own languages on the drawings...
What i expect in the future is better implementation Alias with Inventor.
To use the benefit of strong assotiative feature-based modeling methology and the benefits of explicit surface class A modeling techniques.
I would love to increase productivity by having the chance to use both within the same surface.
Noticed an issue lately with snapping sketch elements to where we want while sketching in Inventor 2013. We finally figured out what is going on. In Inventor sketching if you are in the rectangle command and you depress the left mouse button, then while holding it down you slide the pointer somewhere else on the screen and release the button, the corner of the rectangle snaps down where you RELEASED the button.
We bounce between AutoCAD and Inventor and In AutoCAD 2013 when you execute the rectangle command and you depress the left mouse button and while holding it down you slide your mouse pointer somewhere else on the screen, the first corner of the rectangle snaps where you DEPRESSED the mouse button, not where you released it as Inventor does.
This issue is similar with any sketching/drawing elements. In AutoCAD it snaps when you press the button down, in Inventor it doesn't snap until you release it. So if you move even slightly in Inventor sketching before the mouse button resets and settles your sketch point will not be where you wanted it, often just slightly away from the snap point you were over when you depressed the button.
To use AutoCAD and Inventor you have to totally change your mouse function syntax when you go between the two. We find Inventor sketching to be prone to incorrect points causing sketches to not be closed and lots of extra work to examine and repair. Or pausing and waiting each and every time you click the mouse while sketching. Both impact efficiency and productivity.
See no reason Inventor sketching and AutoCAD drawing can't treat the mouse clicks the same. Making the mouse function in Inventor that same as AutoCAD would boost efficency and reduce frustration with Inventor.
When checking out an assembly we need a dialog box to appear that allows for detailed selection of what is to be checked out. When working with very large assemblies, it is critical to be able to determine what is checked out and what is not.
And yes I am aware of the workaround available under the vault/options dialog box...
Ability to give coincident constraint to end point of objects in 2D rectangular pattern in sketch environment to make them close profiles in order to extrude them. One can need it due to prevent oversized files when exporting to stl file format in order to make fluid analysis. Below, there is an example of my request;
When working with Inventor, I find myself browsing the the project folder for almost every command, Place Part, Save, Open, Export, Create New Part, Add Assembly. These commands only need 1 previous folder setting.
What the real complaint here is, we work in a 'single project' vault environment. Our real project folders are all organized under a single inventor project (otherwise I'd have some 300 inventor projects at any given time). In this mode, we are jumping between projects a few times each day, and if we are not VERY careful, Inventor will let us place our new file in the other project folder (the wrong folder). Many files get check into vault that way, and if it were not for Vault's very nice search engine, these files would get lost.
So now for each command I have to check the folder I'm in, and browse to the folder I want to be in, because it has MANY previous folder settings (one for each unique file browsing capable command) instead of 1, the last folder I was in.
Please make all folder/file search commands reference 1 common previous folder value (especially in the workspace locations).
In AutoCAD there is a way to print from 'window' where you draw a box and it renders that area.
I'd like to be able to do this in Inventor to select the area that I want rendering. Setting up cameras exactly how you want them can take way too long.
It would be cool to have the UI seen in the Iron Man movies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGaLQrIBTiw
Seriously how far away are we from this type holographic UI? Or is this up there with time travel?
The closest thing I've found is: http://zspace.com/
Does Autodesk produce any hardware toys / tools like ZSpace?