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The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection Nesting Utility

The Product Design & Manufacturing Collection Nesting Utility
Do you use Inventor Professional as part of the Autodesk Product Design and Manufacturing Collection? Are you looking to minimize waste? Do you use tools such as laser, plasma and water jet? Do you want to create nests without leaving the design platform? Would you like to maintain associativity to the 3D model? If you said yes to any of the above questions, then the Nesting Utility...
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What’s New In Autodesk Inventor 2019

What’s New In Autodesk Inventor 2019
It’s that time of the year again to look at the new features for Autodesk Inventor 2019. We always look forward to these releases to see which improvements and new features have been added to help us with our day to day tasks. Inventor users from around the world have again provided feedback, which has contributed to the enhancements for the 2019 experience. This is a quick overview of the new fea...
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15 of my favourite Inventor tips and tricks

15 of my favourite Inventor tips and tricks
We all have our own handy little Inventor tips and tricks, and in this tutorial, I am going to share some of my favourites – I hope these help to get you up and running in the new year. 1 - Sketch on new part creation To save a step or two when creating a new part, in Inventor select the tools tab, select application options and then select the part tab from the application options dialog box...
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Get Into The Habit Of Using The Inventor Assembly Bill Of Materials

Get Into The Habit Of Using The Inventor Assembly Bill Of Materials
We all need an accurate bill of materials (BOM) at the end of the day, and most of us don’t even use the fantastic bill of materials option, which is available in the Autodesk Inventor assembly environment. I always use this option when checking to make sure that I haven't forgotten any information, which could include things like a description, stock number or any other info that I might need in ...
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A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Level Of Detail

A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Level Of Detail
Following up on our guide to Inventor Positional Representations I thought I would take the time to go through the Autodesk Inventor level of detail. By default, in an assembly file there are four levels of detail - master, all components suppressed, all parts suppressed and all content centre suppressed. On top of the default levels of detail you can create your own levels as required. With level...
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A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Positional Representations

A Guide To Autodesk Inventor Positional Representations
Most of the designs we create using Autodesk Inventor are built as fixed non-moving assemblies that never reflect the intended purpose of the finished product. Positional representations can be used to manipulate the assembles motion, and the various positions can be saved with the assembly file. The saved positional representations can also be used as drawing views or overlays. In order to create...
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What is Autodesk Vault Data Standard and how to set it up

What is Autodesk Vault Data Standard and how to set it up
Where can I find Vault Data Standard? If you have a subscription that includes Autodesk Vault for Workgroup or Vault Professional you can download Autodesk Vault Data Standard from your Autodesk account. There are three install files for Data Standard. One for Vault, Inventor and AutoCAD. Depending on your requirements for Data Standard you may only want to use one, or you may want to use all thr...
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What's New in the Autodesk Inventor 2018.2 update

What's New in the Autodesk Inventor 2018.2 update
As we know from time to time Autodesk bring out product updates for subscription customers, and the Autodesk Inventor 2018.2 update is here, with a great selection of fixes and brand new features. All you have to do to get started is install 2018.2 from your Autodesk Desktop App, and you will immediately gain access to all of these great features and more: Users will be delighted to see that ...
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Inventor Drawing Tip - displaying Drill Tap size and 3D Part annotations

Inventor Drawing Tip - displaying Drill Tap size and 3D Part annotations
Your Autodesk Inventor drawing views that you place on your drawing sheet, and parts that have tapped holes created from the hole feature tool by default will always reference the minor diameter. In some cases, you may want to dimension the view with the tap drill size. When you measure the part's tapped hole the value that it returns is the minor diameter, so using the hole thread feature no...
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Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?

Why do we need to export Inventor DWG to AutoCAD DWG?
From time to time during our support work we come across the common issue of exporting an Inventor DWG file to AutoCAD DWG. As both file types have the same (DWG) extension, you might be forgiven for thinking there is no difference but there is! So let me explain the difference between the two file types, and how to set up an efficient workflow for exporting.  If you create a drawing in ...
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