An option to "Save As" older version of Inventor (specify which release) - similar to AutoCAD would be very handy.
It would be good to have an option for projected geometry to be construction lines. This would eliminate having multiple closed profiles in a sketch when the autoproject edges option is enabled; yet allow reference to other features / parts.
when contraining you are not always sure what is what so you can use pick part first but when using this if you pick something it does not highlight in the browser. You also cant switch or use part priority whilst this dialog box is open. So you have to either mouse over everything in the browser to find what you are looking for then drill down to the part you want or close the dialog so it will highlight in the browser when picking an assembly. The way I see the improvement working is that part priority would work and can be swithced whilst the dialog is open then say you pick a part in a sub assembly it would find, expand and hightlight the part in the browser. Also sub assembly priority would need to be added.
When mating an axis from one part to another it often mates the wrong way you than have to cancel out rotate the part the remate it. This very time consuming and requires a lot of clicking. All you need is a flip option.
In assemblies to make constraints or edit broken constaints it shows the direction of the plane. But on assemblies that are large or complexe the direction arrow dissapears in the parts and is no longer visible untill you zoom out to make the arrow larger. Because you have now zoomed out soo far then you can't see which face it is selected on. For example center plane on a round tube the arrow is not visible. There for i ask if it is possible to make the arrow visible throughout all parts.
Inventor needs to be able to create a variable pitch helix, similar to the way Solidworks does it. I've used it in Solidworks to create variable pitch plastic injection screws with very complex double lead screw flights. It's as simple as entering in the starting diameter, starting pitch, height or distance, ending diameter and ending pitch. You can enter as many combinations as you want and it builds one continuous helix which can then be used as a path for a sweep. Here's an example of how Solidworks does it. Very easy to use. Much easier than using an equation curve in Inventor 3D sketch.
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.
We think the following features could be added to the next version of Inventor:-
1. Save a Replace ALL button. Currently there's a Save a replace button, which is great, but it only replaces the one occurrence, another button could be added to replace all of them.
2. Open Drawing from Vault. Currently the Open Drawing button only works with drawings on a local drive, a feature could be added so that you can open directly from the Vault aswell.
3. Auto centring of Dimensions. On a drawing when you first put a dimension it stays in the middle. However if you modify its model and stretch it, the dimension's text doesn't stay in the middle, there could be a setting that always forces the dimension to stay in the middle unless you otherwise have overridden it.
4. Driven Scale on drawings. On a drawing border you can set lots of values that are driven by iProperties and the model like Mass, Number of Sheets, Title, Name of Designer etc... But for some reason you can't get it to add the scale of the master view, which would be very useful.
Sometimes when creating detail views I forget to select the correct Fence and Cutout shape. To correc this I need to delete the current detail view, which I've already annotated and create a new one. it would be nice to be able to simply modify these attributes of the detail view AFTER I've created it.
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.
Many times I need to export sheet metal flat patterns referenced by the assembly to dxf for cutting or laser machine. I know I can program this in VBA (actually I did) or purchase it on Autodesk exchange apps from Micrographics , but I think it should be standard part of Inventor. This Micrographics application has also nice additional features - removing center marks, replacing splines with polylines or arcs (desperately needed for CNC control ) and more. It can be very useful. Also , it should make list of parts exported , with thickness and number of pieces for export to excel.
When creating notes and instructions on a drawing you often want to refer to the item numbers on the parts list but you can not access the item number properties so you have to just type in a number the problem with this is if the numbers change for some reason on the parts list the notes are now incorrect. So I propose that you can access this within format text so they are linked.
A large assembly where one section thru (enlarged from the base view to enhance detail) could eliminate several detail views. Currently the "break view" command isn't active in sections unless the parent view itself is sectioned.
For instance, I don't need to show the piece of duct at any large scale than it already is...but by cutting a section at a larger scale I could accomplish a weld detail for the companion frame as well as details of both mechanical connections for the access door to duct in one section. The problem is that section enlarged would stretch across most of the page. Being able to break that would eliminate 75% of the length of the view giving me a nice tight broken section to detail out.
As it stands now I would have to cut a section (probably leaving the section the same scale as the base view...which would provide no new relevant information) in order to cut three separate detail views to enlarge for a weld detail and two mechanical connections. That's four views to accomplish the purpose of one.
It is impossible to hatch reference parts in drawing. It looks strange to have many parts in the drawing without hatching. You can make a checkbox to turn on the hatching of reference parts in view properties and you can make it also an option in application settings to set it as default.
I would really love to se the option to select single lines from a sketch profile, when using extrude surface. The only option is to select the whole continuous loop of connecting lines. If you could add a check box like in Boundary Patch where you can toogle on/off "Automatic edge Chain", and otherwise make the selection functionality similar to that command, it would be perfect. So that you could also select multiple single lines.
Can you please improve this dialog box or give the user the ability to see additional meta-data?
The file name is missing at the top and it would be nice to see a date modified column so I can see which version is the latest.