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Issue 24 of Mechanical Tips & Tricks

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This Months Tips & Tricks Focus Is On:

Inventomizations: Slice Graphics (F7) Pattern


If you don't like the (F7) slice graphics bitmap and want to change it, you may find this useful tool obtained from the AUGI!

When you are working inside a part and want to do some modelling on a plane inside the geometry, the Slice Graphics tool will allow you to chop away one side of the plane based on which side you are currently viewing the plane.

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Simply right click in the canvas and select Slice Graphics or hit the F7 button on the keyboard.

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The annoyance here is that the material looks like concrete.  I know this isn't a HUGE deal, but that is what customization is all about, making it look the way you want.

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So here is how to change it...

Close Inventor and start the registry editor.

In the Registry Editor dialog, go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Autodesk\Inventor\RegistryVersion(current release number)\System\Preferences\ColorSchemes\Schemes

NOTE: Inventor 2011 is version 15

Expand the "Schemes" folder click folder of the colour scheme number where you want to change the texture. Here is the mapping between colour scheme number and name:
Num Name
(1) Deep Blue

(3)Forest

(4)High Contrast

(5)Millennium

(7)Presentation

(9)Sky

(10)Winter Day

(11)Winter Night

(12)Wonderland

On a blank area of the right pane of the regedit dialog, right-click > New > String Value. Rename "New Value #1″ to SliceCapTexturePath. The name must be entered exactly — registry variables are case sensitive.

Double-click the name, and the Edit String dialog will pop up. Enter either an absolute path in the Value data field or a dash ( – ). Absolute path example: C:\Program Files\Autodesk\Inventor 2011\Textures\surfaces\yourimage.bmp. Consider saving this with items you update from year to year like textures or other style data. Here is the sample I used:

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Close the registry key and the Registry editor. Start Inventor and load the correct colour scheme to give it a try with Slice Graphics.

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NOTE: This must be done for each colour scheme in the registry that you want to change.

Here's how Inventor determines how to display sliced graphics. Thanks to Paul Hanau (Inventor developer). If SliceCapTexturePath is absent, you get the default texture of the concrete look.

If string value is "" (empty) --> you get the default texture
If string value is "-" (dash) --> you get no texture at all on cut faces.
Otherwise, Inventor tries to load the .bmp file with the given absolute path and uses it as the cut face texture.

Remember, changing the registry is done at your own risk and is this is undocumented by Autodesk and also unsupported. Change registry values at your own risk and maybe even make a backup before you even go in there.

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