Using model dimensions in your drawing environment is one of my favorite tricks to speed up your work. It’s easy, intuitive and when utilized properly the benefits in supplies are incredible Over time, your models and drawings go through  dozens of revisions. The classic thought is to take notes of the markups in your drawing, edit

Fusion 360: It’s da BOM!

Friday, 27 January 2017 by

Fusion 360 is taking on a bigger presence in the design environment with its comprehensive functionality as a CAD program. Fusion 360 has digital prototyping capability that lets you model, test, and even 3D print an assembly straight from The program. What do you do when you want to use Fusion 360 to build your

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Inventor Vlog: Adaptive Modeling

Wednesday, 21 December 2016 by

If a picture is worth thousand words than a video is worth thousand pictures. So, why not render a video to show how your product works in motion? There are two ways of displaying motion; first is through using motion sets within your constraints in assembly. This is for the designers to check for interference/interaction

Feature Conditional Suppression

Friday, 11 November 2016 by

Understanding Parent-Child Relationship is, again, the most fundamental basis on modeling/assembling within Autodesk Inventor. Manipulating that relationship is also the foundation of advanced modeling; especially with equations and parameters. Also, so far most of your modeling probably has been based on “additive” modeling (adding more features to the model). What if we were to take

Do you spend a lot of time making parametric parts? Spend hours working with iParts and iLogic? I suggest you spend some time learning to use User Defined Properties as well! User Defined Parameters (UDP) are simple to create, just give them a name, value, assign a unit, and you have a UDP that can

Analyzing interference in Autodesk Inventor is a quick way to check the collision of parts  within an assembly. Although useful, it only provides the volume of highlighted collision, which limits some usage of this function. For instance think about the interference fit of a shaft; how would I know that the design is correct? Is

“Learn to use keyboard shortcuts!” You’ve probably heard that a hundred times, in any AutoCAD class you’ve ever taken. I teach both AutoCAD and Inventor classes and I’ve noticed that the keyboard shortcuts aren’t used nearly as much inside of Inventor. Most of my students work strictly with the ribbon panel in Inventor but I’m

Last week I covered the new AnyCAD integration within Autodesk Inventor.  This improvement is a tremendous update to Inventor.  However, there are still some limitations such as the solid body import being featureless. This generally isn’t a big problem since most edits from import will be adding new features, but what if you want to

“Just use the STEP format for your file.” How many times have you heard that phrase when you try to communicate with your clients and business partners that are on different 3D CAD systems? STEP files do get the job done of being present on a 3D environment, but do not carry much more information