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November 30, 2010

Autodesk Inventor 2011 Books

With Autodesk University 2010 going on right now I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show you some very good books about Autodesk Inventor 2011. You can also find these books in a link on the top of  this blog under Inventor Topix Store. Here is also a link to this page. Inventor Topix Store

Autodesk Inventor 2011 Essentials Plus by Daniel T. Banach and Travis Jones

Up and Running with Autodesk Inventor Simulation 2011, Second Edition by Wasim Younis

Mastering Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Inventor LT 2011 by Curtis Waguespack and Thom Tremblay

Parametric Modeling with Autodesk Inventor 2011 by Randy Shih

Autodesk Inventor 2011 for Designers by Prof. Sham Tickoo Purdue Univ. and CADCIM Technologies

November 20, 2010

AUGI Inventor Wish List Results

Here are the results of the AUGI Inventor Wish List. Here is the Top Ten, and also a link to the results.
AUGI Inventor Wish List Results. Hope some of your wishes made it into the top ten.

  1. Highlight Underconstrained parts in assembly - Highlight parts and sub-assemblies in the browser that are not fully constrained.
  2. Allow coping grouping of parts maintaining constraints - If while in an existing .iam file, I have let’s say three parts that I place into my .iam file and then I constrained them together as a group, I would like to be able to copy them and paste them still constrained together.
  3. Add right click short cut for applying constraints - Add right click short cut for applying constraints, when finished, allow right click, then select done, complete, finished,.... rather than going back to dialog box and click cancel.
  4. Create BOM based on Level of Detail within an Assembly - Create a Parts List/BOM based on a selectable Level of Detail on the associated assembly, .iam. When the dialog box opens to create the BOM, option box to check if you want to select the LOD, if not, do nothing, use Master. If so, un-gray the LOD listing and select which one to use.
  5. Allow customization of the iProperties table - Allow customization of the iProperties table, configured as needed by individual companies.
  6. When mousing over a feature, have the related feature in the feature tree highlight - When mousing over a feature, have the related feature in the feature tree highlight, this enables in selection for editing.
  7. True Text Editor - Have a true text editor in Inventor.
  8. Remember Open File Dialog Size - I would like Inventor to remember the size of my "Open File" dialog box and my "Open from Vault" dialog box.
  9. Model Browser Bar, Filter, Selection for invisible parts/components - Allow for single selection to make all invisible parts/components visible. Much quicker than selecting each part and selecting visible.
  10. Add option for Materials to carry over when derived parts are made of them - Add option for Materials to carry over when derived parts are made of them, as well as adding the option for individual materials based on the which Solid is selected.

November 6, 2010

Inventor Fusion Technology Preview 4 Now Available

Inventor Fusion Technology Preview 4 is Now Available

The Inventor Fusion team has released an update to the technology preview. The new features include:
  • Surfacing support - You can now work seamlessly between solids and surfaces. By enhancing the existing translators to read surface data and adding new parasolid, Rhino, IGES, and AliasDesign .wire file import capabilities, you have access to more design formats.
  • Simplification wizard - You now have one button simplification of designs so simplifying common geometry is fast and easy and ensures that mesh and solves times are as fast as possible.
  • Ease of use improvements - This release includes new marking menus plus sketching and modeling changes that make this release of Inventor Fusion the easiest to use yet.
You can read more about it here - Inventor Fusion

You can download it from here - Autodesk Labs


November 4, 2010

Autodesk Inventor 2011 Certified Professional

I am now a Autodesk Inventor 2011 Certified Professional, I took the testing on Tuesday in Chicago thanks to the Autodesk Open Doors program. It was a long day, 6 hours or driving round trip and 2-1/2 hours of testing, but well worth it in the end.