Cookin’ with Inventor

This is pretty cool. I received an email from Rejean Brousseau that said the following:

Included in the attachment an image of a kitchen done in Inventor and rendered in inventor studio. An other way to use Inventor.

It’s quite impressive since Inventor isn’t necessarily geared towards architectural. It shows you that the real capability of your software only is limited by your imagination and determination. Click the image for a full size view.



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Autodesk Redefined

Autodesk recently unveiled it’s new branding and new logo. I personally like the new look. It’s certainly a change from the boring old white letters on black background. I’m looking forward to seeing this integrated onto their website and products. Actually, I’m quite confused as to why it doesn’t appear on their website yet. I’m sure it will make it’s appearance soon.

What do you all think of the new look?


Read more about the change here.

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Rock, Paper, Autodesk.

Sometimes the best discussions start with a single tweet.

You can follow the entire Twitter conversation here. Shaan and a few others were emphasizing how paper prints really can’t go away due to the harsh environment of a machine shop, fabrication shop or in-field location and how paper would be the most reliable. Granted paper copies of drawings may have their place… but in my opinion, not anywhere you plan on making something from them.

So what’s the process companies that print drawings follow?

  1. Engineer makes a CAD drawing.
  2. Drawings gets reviewed and promoted to released in whatever system or process they may use.
  3. Drawing gets printed by either engineering or shop for fabrication.

Sounds simple enough, right? Sort of. What happens when engineering needs to make a change?

  1. Engineer revises CAD drawing.
  2. Drawing gets reviewed and promoted to being revised.
  3. Paper copy is re-printed with changes.

Now how do you go about gathering all the printed copies and copies of copies that may have been made? How do you communicate effectively and timely to the person at the CNC mill that he is using the wrong print to make that widget? When using systems such as Inventor with drawing files stored on network drives, Autodesk Vault or a full blown PLM system, you always have to remember that the second you print a drawing, that drawing could be obsolete.

In the next few blog posts I’ll be discussing this topic and issues and how you might approach solving them using readily available solutions. I hope this spurs some additional great debate like Shaan’s tweet did.

Thanks to @Twiceroadsfool, @ScottMoyse, @BluRaja, @Kellings, @IrishMJ, and @ShaanHurley for the Twitter discussions so far.

Viewing drawings can be done on almost any device. Here's a manufacturing drawing on the $69 Kindle from

Viewing drawings can be done on almost any device. Here’s a manufacturing drawing on the $69 Kindle from

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Driving Constraints From Workplanes in Autodesk Inventor

Another good video from Scott Moyse and Design & Motion

I discovered you can’t flip work plane normals in Autodesk Inventor in the assembly environment. Since you can in parts I was surprised, here’s my workaround

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