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Working with Inventor and BIM 360 Design

In this blog I will detail how to work with Inventor models inside BIM 360 Design. Setting Up the Desktop Connector To work with Inventor inside a BIM 360 model first you must install the BIM 360 Desktop Connector, this will give you a space on your local computer that will allow you to work …

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Rotating the Camera in Autodesk Inventor

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Being able to properly rotate your view in Autodesk Inventor is paramount to working efficiently. In this lightning-blog, we will explore the different ways of achieving this without a 3D mouse. Cheat-Sheet Freeform camera rotation: quickest method Hold Shift + Middle Mouse Button > Drag mouse Orbit: slower, more precise Hold F4 > Click and …

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What is Dynamic Simulation in Autodesk Inventor

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One of the most powerful and overlooked tools in Autodesk Inventor is Dynamic Simulation, but what is it exactly? Read on to find out more about this awesomely powerful tool. In a Nutshell In a nutshell, Dynamic Simulation allows users to predict the kinetic behaviour of their designs – that is to say, how it …

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Navigating and Generating Textures in Autodesk Inventor

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Didn’t you ever think it’d be great to create a grate? Maybe throw in some diamond plate? Well this isn’t clickbait; this spate will help you navigate textures in Autodesk Inventor, so you can generate great and computationally lightweight grates, plates and gates! Beautiful poetry aside, it is easy to create and apply complex colours …

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Model-Based Definitions in Autodesk Inventor

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In the world of engineering, 2D drawings have traditionally been our tool for sharing designs. However, with the advent of 3D modelling, the 2D drawing paradigm is starting to show its age; is there perhaps a better alternative? Model-Based Definitions In my ideal world, we wouldn’t have 2D drawings at all – we’d simply have …

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Setting up the Nesting Utility in Autodesk Inventor

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Autodesk’s Product Design and Manufacturing Collection (PDMC) now comes with an embedded nesting utility for Inventor, and it’s fantastic. Part of the economy of sheet metal manufacturing comes from the ability to cut component parts out of a single sheet of… well, sheet metal. In order to minimise wastage, it is important to maximise the …

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Inventor DWG vs IDW

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A few years ago, Autodesk greatly improved the interoperability between Inventor and AutoCAD by allowing them to open each other’s drawings. Traditionally, this meant the IDW and DWG formats respectively. Soon, it became possible to save Inventor drawings in the DWG format. However, confusion arose as ‘Inventor DWGs’ were not the same format as ‘AutoCAD …

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