Several readers have asked about the Inventor add-in I created, All Thumbs. All Thumbs allows you to set consistent background color and visual settings for file thumbnails regardless of your application settings within Inventor. Although I wouldn’t say it’s official supported by me anymore, it does seem to work well with the latest version of Inventor.
‘Swift Prints’ has recently been updated for compatibility with Inventor 2018. In this update, the method to which your username to Autodesk 360 is obtained to validate your Swift Prints license has been changed.
From Autodesk Labs, Project Factory.Modz() is an add-in that brings physics based animation to Autodesk Factory Design Suite.
This looks really cool to be able to simulate the flow of your product throughout your factory with the ability to Tinker Box up your factory. If anyone has tried this tool out, please post a comment on what your opinion is of it.
Traditionally machine line layouts in a factory are created with pen and paper or in the form of 2D drawings. Using these means, it is extremely difficult to explain the working intent of the machine lines toclients or internal stakeholders. Using 2D workflows, it is very challenging to account for movement of material, people, and material handling devices and show them interacting with each other inside the facility. The inability to clearly articulate the working intent often results in losing bids to competition and the inability to sell ideas to stakeholders.
Project Factory.Modz() is a free Physics Based technology preview for Factory Animation that enables you to bring your machine line layouts to life and clearly articulate the working intent of the layout to your clients and stakeholders. It helps you to visually communicate your ideas by animating the movement of material and people inside your facility. It is easy to use, does not require CAD expertise, and you can be up and running creating your first animation in less than 5 minutes.
Here’s a quick tip that suprisingly most people are unaware of. There is some not-so-apparent functions within the Microsoft Windows 7 calculator that are useful for any good designer or engineer. Hidden under the View menu is a trove of cool tools such as a unit conversion tool, a data calculation tool and various built in worksheets for calculating payments.
The unit conversion tool contains the standard categories you’ll find in any good conversion utility with the added benefit of being built directly within the Windows operating system for quick access via most keyboards calculator quick key.
The date calculation utility allows you to get the number of days between two dates or calculate the date from a set date to a set number of days. This is a great utility for project management reference.
The worksheets functions contain tools for mortgage payment calculation, a vehicle lease calculator and miles per gallon calculation.
If Microsoft just isn’t your thing, you can always do a Google search for “Calculator” and display Google’s in-browser calculator.
Recently I Tweeted that I stand up to work for almost my entire work day. CADsetterout.com included this Tweet in a great blog post about the zen and art of technical drawing:
No one can create technical drawings productively and with their full concentration indefinitely. Like all things in life there is a balance.
This prompted @MPetrikas to ask me:
So here it is, what my basic working office looks like. It consists of an L-shaped desk with a standing height desk and a sitting height desk. I use a laptop workstation that I connect to a docking station during the entire day. When I stand to work, I simply use the laptop screen.
When I choose to sit, which is actually vary rare I can turn on the dual monitors on the sitting desk and work. Both setups have separate 3Dconnexion Space Pilots so I do not have to move anything around.
Kevin Robinson from Autodesk (@KRobADSKPLM) says you should check out the Autodesk PLM 360 channel on YouTube. So get crackin’. It’s chocked full of great tutorials on how to perform certain tasks in PLM 360 such as: