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Paul Munford

Materials Library for Woodwork Designers

material library for woodwork screengrabWoodwork for Inventor comes with an extensive library of intelligent materials including a range of high pressure laminates, veneers and paper films for example.Wood is a beautiful natural material. The problem with including wood materials in your 3D CAD model is that they can look great – or terrible! There is no in between…Figure 1 Materials are added as meta-data so you don't have to model all...
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Paul Munford

Autodesk Inventor Tip - Section Cut-Away Views in Rendered Images

Autodesk Inventor Tip - Section Cut-Away Views in Rendered Images
In this post you’ll learn a quick tip to cut a section out of your Autodesk Inventor Assembly model in order to show the internal components. Figure 1 We can use this view for a rendered image, either from a screen shot or in the Autodesk Inventor Rendering Studio. There are a couple of different ways that we could do this. The method we will learn in this post uses a Shrinkwrap Substitute level ...
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Paul Munford

Woodwork For Inventor Hardware Library

Woodwork For Inventor Hardware Library
Woodwork for Inventor (W4I) comes with a library of 3D hardware models that represents more than 200 hours of modelling time that YOU won’t have to do to get started with W4I. One of the most time consuming tasks in 3D modelling furniture for production is the placement of mating holes across components. Creating a through hole in a cabinet side, then a pilot hole in the adjoin panel is time cons...
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Stuart Smith

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Automate Drawing View Scale in Title Block on all Sheets

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Automate Drawing View Scale in Title Block on all Sheets
With every release of Inventor there is a myriad of new features introduced and some that get overlooked. For those that are still entering scale manually on drawings sheets in Inventor 2016+ you should know drawing view scale has been enhanced to support multiple sheets! If you would like to know how to setup scale in your title block and for it to be driven by model view placement read on! How t...
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Andy Garbett

Inventor Tip - Accidental Change to Document and Recovering an Old Version

Inventor Tip - Accidental Change to Document and Recovering an Old Version
How to revert back if you have already saved the Part or Assembly File Hello everybody. I think at some point in our lives we’ve all experienced that horrible moment when we realise that we have changed something on a part or assembly, and re-creating it is going to be a bit of a pain. What’s worse is when you realise you can’t simply hit the undo button as you did this a few days ago and have sav...
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Stuart Smith

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Speed Up Working Large Assembly Drawings With Fast Open

Autodesk Inventor Tip – Speed Up Working Large Assembly Drawings With Fast Open
When working with large assembly drawings do you find yourself waiting and waiting for a drawing to open and all you wanted do is a quick print, change a dimension position or add dimensions and text? If it rings true, you haven’t used Fast Open! How does Fast Open help? Fast Open will enable you to open a drawing without loading any model files associated to the drawing reducing loading time to s...
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Paul Munford

Furniture Design Software for Inventor

Furniture Design Software for Inventor
In the first of this series of posts we’ll be looking at intelligent design in the woodworking, cabinet design and furniture manufacturing sector and introduce you to Furniture Design software that accelerates design and manufacturing processes, improves productivity and helps improve bottom line profitability for furniture makers and associated joinery manufacturers. As companies move beyond the...
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Stuart Smith

Autodesk Vault Professional Tip – Batch Plot Drawings for Assembly

Autodesk Vault Professional Tip – Batch Plot Drawings for Assembly
In a previous post we looked at how to export all component drawings for an assembly to PDF from Inventor. In this post I am going to walk you through how to batch plot all assembly drawings to printer or PDF from Autodesk Vault Professional.How to batch plot all assembly drawing from vaultVault Professional plot manager will load all related assembly drawings by simply selecting an assembly, this...
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Stuart Smith

Autodesk Inventor Tip – How to Export Component Drawings as PDF From Assembly

Autodesk Inventor Tip – How to Export Component Drawings as PDF From Assembly
This blog post will walk you through how to use iLogic to batch export PDF drawings of all components in an assembly, create a PDF of top level assembly drawing and place all PDF’s in a folder. Check out the steps below or watch the video below if you would like to know more. Step 1 - Use i-logic rule automate PDF export of components drawings You will need to make a decision whether this rule is...
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Andy Garbett

Autodesk Inventor - Unexpected reflections and how to remove them

Autodesk Inventor - Unexpected reflections and how to remove them
Hello everybody, this is an issue I came across recently which I thought might be helpful to share. A customer of mine was experiencing unexpected reflections on some parts under certain views but they were unable to locate how to remove these reflections. Specifically, a background picture was being reflected off of a shiny metal surface. This is caused by the reflection environment having a back...
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