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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Autodesk announces an “App Store” for AutoCAD

Autodesk announced today the availability of a companion apps tab within AutoCAD 2012 to make available Autodesk and 3rd party companion apps.

AutoCAD software users can immediately browse, download and purchase more than 100 apps using the new Apps tab within AutoCAD. The companion apps help design professionals find and immediately download solutions to some of their most pressing design challenges.

You can read the complete press release from Autodesk here:

Sometimes I have a feeling Autodesk is listening, like really, really listening. I tweeted this on April 27th:

An official @Autodesk App Store for all #Inventor #autocad add-ins – #InventorFeatureRequest #AutoCADFeatureRequest

So now if I think they are listening, then they will also have read my other question asking when will the app store for Inventor be available. Of course, if this happens ‘Swift Prints‘ and ‘Design Notes‘ will certainly be submitted and ‘All Thumbs‘ may also be submitted.

Thanks Autodesk! I look forward to checking out the companion apps for AutoCAD soon.

[note]I’m sure we are not supposed to call it the “App Store”[/note]


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Swift Prints 2.0 – Preview 1

‘Swift Prints’ v2.0 is almost ready to share. I’m going to show some previews of the new features over the course of the next few days. If you are not familiar with Swift Prints, it allows you to create templates for common printer configurations that you can quickly access later for one click printing of Inventor drawings.

In version 2.0, clicking on the Swift Prints button from the add-ins menu brings up the minimal print dialog as it has in past versions. The expand button will allow you to add new print configuration templates to the available list. The expanded area is where you’ll see some new options which I’ll cover in my next blog post. Follow me on Twitter @cadtoolbox for additional information.

The current version is still available at:

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CAD Hashtags for Twitter

Cadalyst magazine is building a list of CAD related Twitter hashtags for topics, products, companies, technologies and more. You can read about it on Cadalyst.com. I submitted the hashtags I use often:

#adsk2012: Tweet related to Autodesk 2012 products.

#autodeskvault: Autodesk Vault

#Inventor: Autodesk Inventor

#inventorfeaturerequest: Inventor wishlist

#autocadfeaturerequest: AutoCAD wishlist

#vaultfeaturerequest: Autodesk Vault wishlist

#AU2011: Autodesk University 2011

#Fail: Anything on Monday’s

#NorrisCad: Chuck Norris CAD software


[info]Read more about the Twitter powered wishlists here.[/info]

Follow Cadalyst on Twitter at @Cadalyst_Mag | Follow me at @cadtoolbox

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