Inventor Show & Tell: iProperty Editor

I’m starting a new series of posts called “Inventor Show & Tell”. These are quick posts showing some cool functionality or configuration within Autodesk Inventor that I’m using. The first is my custom iProperty editor. This tool replaces the standard iProperty editor. It corrals users into using set field values by utilizing dropdowns, checkboxes, etc. The nice part is the iProperty templates (shown below the tab area). You can save predefined values for each field to a template. This template can then quickly be applied to other files without manually typing in all the values again.

You can accomplish a similar feat without the fuss using iPropwiz: http://www.ipropwiz.com/index.html

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Live at 1pm EST: Design 8.16

Watch the announcement live at http://livestream.com/autocad

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AutoCAD 8/16

Well, if you haven’t heard the news yet and have been oblivious to all the hype. Autodesk is set to announce something big regarding its flagship product, AutoCAD on Tuesday, Aug 16th. Watch the announcement live on Facebook at 10:00am PDT. Autodesk is hyping it as long awaited, so we’ll see. It could be a Linux version of AutoCAD (maybe) or a free version of AutoCAD to coincide with Autodesk’s maker push. We shall see tomorrow. You can also follow the buzz on Twitter using the hashtag #design816.

 

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You say potato, Engineers say a starchy, tuberous crop.

@Grabcad says they now have 18,181 registered CAD engineers. What makes them all engineers? I know it’s just semantics, but are we all really engineers now because we know how to use CAD software? I’ve heard a lot of discussions lately on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ as to what defines an engineer as an engineer, what makes a designer a designer and what are we supposed to call those people who just know how to use the software. There tends to be plenty of gray areas nowadays with CAD software being so easy to use with built in tools that make those once difficult design decisions fairly easy to make.

The official definition from most dictionaries of an engineer is rather lame:

One who is trained or professionally engaged in a branch of engineering.

So if you read into the Wikipedia definition of an engineer, it really could apply to anyone:

An engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical and practical problems. Engineers design materials, structures, machines and systems while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, safety and cost.The word engineer is derived from the Latin root ingenium, meaning “cleverness”

This is a subject I’m going to be posting more about in the future. Consider this post my warm up. I would really like to hear from you all as to how your companies operate and how they classify engineers, designers, modelers, drafters, etc.

 

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