Quick Tip: Inventor Parameters

Here’s a quick tip for complicated models. Sometimes it can get confusing as to what parameters belong to what model features. You can always hover over the parameter name from within the parameters dialog to see which feature consumes the value. Of course, it’s always a good idea to name key parameters something besides the default d0, d1, d2, etc.

Another method is to link your model features to your model parameters using a naming scheme for the actual parameter names or comment fields. I prefer to add some information to the comment field that links back to the actual model feature. This is extremely helpful for very large, complex models that you need to retain the modeling technique fully in order to be able to modify designs later. In the example below, the tool seat feature is coded with #02 and the child parameters contain the #02 in the comment field. With this method, you have a very quick way to see which parameters drive which features.

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Was this tip useful? Maybe you use a different method for complex models? Post your tip to the comments or send me a Tweet @cadtoolbox.

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