Plug Welds in Inventor

December 16, 2016 By Brad Bland Leave a comment

Have you ever tried to create a plug weld inside of the Autodesk Inventor Weldment environment? Did you find it difficult? If so, keep reading.  In today's blog post we discover an easier way. 

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Tagged with 3D, Inventor, digital prototyping, Manufacturing, 3D Digital Modeling, Autodesk, plug weld, akn_include, weldment

2 Days until Advanced Solutions' Future Shock II

September 20, 2016 By Lisa Brady Leave a comment

In just 2 days, on September 22, Advanced Solutions will launch the second annual Future Shock II, a virtual conference featuring Autodesk industry innovators. You'll hear from luminaries from around the country sharing their experiences in leading technology innovation who will help organizations take their technology to the next level. More than 20 on-demand and live sessions will feature:

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Tagged with 3D, Training, Inventor, Fusion 360, Revit, AutoCAD, Autodesk, BIM Technology, 2D

Getting AutoCAD Blocks of Inventor Models

May 18, 2016 By Brad Bland Leave a comment

Are you a layout draftsperson, who is constantly bugging fellow co-workers, who use Inventor, to send you actual .dwg files of their assemblies?

Do you feel like you're waiting on the back-burner to place views in a layout?

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Tagged with Autodesk Inventor, Inventor, AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk

How to Use Inventor Assembly Representations

May 11, 2016 By Brad Bland Leave a comment

There are three (3) different types of representations in the assembly environment. They are all located under the Representation folder, in the model browser. The different representation types are View, Position, and Level of Detail.

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Using Autodesk Factory Design Suite to Layout More Than Just a Factory

April 25, 2016 By Brad Bland Leave a comment

If you have Factory Design Suite installed, a designer can break the mold of traditional factory layouts and design more than just a factory floor. The software can be used to layout a computer lab, break room, or the shop floor of your own building, for future renovations. Use Factory Assets to layout your current configuration of the shop floor, using existing forklifts, tool boxes, welding stations, and shelving etc.

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Tagged with Asset Management, Design, 3D, Inventor, Factory Design Suite, AEC, Autodesk Factory Design Suite, AutoCAD, Manufacturing, Autodesk, layout, factory layouts, Syncing to 3D, Syncing with AutoCAD, 2D, factory, Syncing with Inventor, Asset Browser, 3D Layout, Layer Manager, 2D Layout

13 Easy Steps to Create a Custom Sheet Metal Template

December 11, 2015 By Robert Savage Leave a comment

Most companies have a list of standard sheet metal materials and thicknesses. Why not take a minute to take your list and create a template in Inventor to match your standards?

With this template, you can select from a list of the different styles, rather than having to change them each time you need a different material. Here are 13 easy steps to creating a custom sheet metal template in Autodesk Inventor:

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What is Autodesk Inventor R2?

November 25, 2015 By April Raque Leave a comment

For months, all anyone has talked about is R2... And for months, I've had no idea what they meant by R2. Was it a new droid in the upcoming version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Is it the new R2D2?

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BIM for Manufacturing

August 25, 2015 By Dan Fluegeman Leave a comment

While many manufacturers of building materials and equipment don’t use the Revit format for their native design, the architects, engineers, and construction contractors who use and install their products do use Revit.  Therefore, a manufacturer whose product is readily available in the Revit format significantly increases their chances of being specified as the basis of design in the construction documents.  This increased exposure can lead to better brand recognition, which can lead to increased sales.

The Dilemma:  How to get the products into a Revit format?  

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Create a View Representation in Autodesk Inventor

August 20, 2015 By Robert Savage Leave a comment

If you want to create a view representation where you have the visibility of one or more components turned off, there is a tool allowing you to adjust which tools are included in the view.

Here is a step by step guide to performing this quick work-around within Autodesk Inventor:

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"Houston, We Have a Problem"... Autodesk Display Issues

July 01, 2015 By Justin Eckhardt Leave a comment

If your Autodesk product doesn’t seem to be acting right, the first and easiest thing to troubleshoot and rule out is your graphics hardware.  The following procedure can be used to fix a number of display issues, including mouse trailing, objects not displaying properly, software crashes, as well as software hang ups.

First, you need to take note of the type of graphics display hardware you’re using.  Although we recommend using Certified Autodesk Hardware, that doesn’t mean you can’t use the software without it.  It simply means you need to turn off hardware acceleration to improve system functionality and performance.  This prevents the outsourcing of hefty graphical calculations to your system’s local CPU and memory.  Disabling hardware acceleration has little to no effect on the usage of the software unless you’re actually creating high quality renderings, in which case you most likely have certified hardware.

To see which driver you’re using, open the device manager, select your graphics adapter, right click, and go to properties.

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