Inventor software is the ideal tool for creating semi-intelligent content for use in many of the Autodesk software applications such as Revit for example, where it can be used to create Revit ready content for manufacturers in the construction supply chain as one typical example.
Autodesk are continuing to be innovative with their software offerings not only on a feature only level, which has been the historical driver for software development for most software vendors, but also in their focus to cater for industry specific processes that for many are the true key to productivity and successful 3D model centric design processes across multiple disciplines.
This is best seen in the Autodesk Design Suites which have been deliberately geared to support specifically enhanced workflows enabling users can get maximum returns for their technology investments, and in particular Inventors excellent BIM exchange function, which helps remove the bottleneck associated with migrating complex CAD data into more usable downstream geometry.
So what is semi-intelligent content? Generically speaking semi-intelligent content rather than being simple dumbed down 3D data incorporates key intelligence into the exported geometry such as orientation, equipment type, insertion points and so on, so when it is placed in the supported target application the geometry understands where to fit.
Equally as important, key product data can also exported within the file so it is available in schedules or generated bill of materials or equipment lists if appropriate so let's explore that a little further with Autodesk Plant 3D.
If you are using Autodesk Inventor in conjunction with Autodesk Plant 3D then chances are, you will almost certainly at some point need to import the model data into your Plant 3D project in a manageable format.
You'll almost certainly need to assign the correct orientation on the part or assembly, and of course the insertion point as well as setting your pipe connector types ready for import into Plant 3D. Next you may need to set the equipment type and also assign the resulting component to a class application type.
This handy Inventor Training tip will help step you through the process of Exporting Inventor parts and assemblies for use in Autodesk Plant 3D.
If you need help migrating Inventor data for use in BIM or other Autodesk software applications please give us a call.