Creating Custom Content Center Libraries: Part 1

In the next few posts I’m going to take you step by step through the process of creating a custom content library to migrate your iParts into. Anyone who has used iParts within the Vault knows the limitations of Vault causes issues with assemblies utilizing iParts. It’s difficult to move, rename, or copy iParts within the Vault. Another issue is constant nagging by Inventor to save your assembly that contains the iParts, even if you aren’t updating anything related to the iParts. For this tutorial, I’ll be using Inventor 2009.

First thing first, open your ADMS Server console (the Vault server).  You will then need to right click on the ‘Libraries’ folder and select ‘Create Library’. This will create a read/write library that you can add components to. By default, all libraries that ship with Vault are read only.

Create Library









Now you can give your new read/write content library a name. For this example, I called it “CustomContent”.

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Your now done using the ADMS server console. From this point we’ll be doing all the work from the comfort of your own workstation running Inventor and Vault. We just need to do a few more housekeeping tasks before we can begin adding the content. Open Vault Explorer and open the adminstration tools (from the tools; administration menu). Open the users editor from the security tab. Make sure that yourself and anyone else you want to designate as a content center editor has the role selected “Content Center Editor”.

Edit Roles












Finally, open Inventor. From the projects dialog window, click the “Configure Content Center Libraries” button. Note that you need to make sure the current project file is not read only (already checked into the Vault).

Edit Project File









The dialog window will show all the preloaded libraries that are configured on your server. You’ll need to click the “Add Library” button to enable use of your new library within the current Inventor project file. Follow the prompts after you click this button to add your new read/write library. Make sure you save your project file after the changes have been made.

Add Library













Now you’re ready to start customizing your new library by adding part families and converting your iParts to populate these families. Next post we’ll take you through the steps to start doing this and show you different methods for creating the libraries structure so that it’s easy to find what you need for your designs.

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Design Notes (Lite) for 64bit compatibility

Just a quick post… The Design Notes (Lite) Inventor add-in has been updated (v1.1) for improved 64bit compatibility. The application icons have also been updated for a more universal look. You can download the add-in from the “CAD Tools” menu. Please post some feedback for those of you using Inventor x64.

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The Facebook for CAD Nerds

I got an email from a website today asking to link to their site. I didn’t pay much attention to the website at first until I started looking around. is the Facebook for Engineers and CAD people like myself. I found it much more useful than I ever found

Engineering Exchange
The site is targeted to the engineering community as a whole but offer various groups to join that focus on specific aspects. For example, their is a group called the “Inventor Exchange” – for AutoDesk® INVENTOR® users and enthusiasts. Some of the other groups available are for AutoCAD, Solid Edge, Solidworks and Pro Engineer. It also offers various groups for different disciplines such as fluid power, sensors, motion control, and micro automation. also offers some good networking functionality, discussion forums, job boards and some great blogs to read on various subjects. Check out the site and be sure to “Friend” me. 🙂

Now, can we ask them to become the AUGI Manufacturing homepage?

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Design Notes (Lite)

New!The Design Notes add-in for Inventor is no longer in beta. The released version 1.0 has been renamed “Design Notes (Lite) for Inventor”. This version will remain “donation-ware”. Please, please, please keep the feedback coming. This is necessary to keep me motivated enough to make any necessary bug fixes and enhancements.

Anyone who installed the beta version should uninstall it from your add/remove control panel before installing this released version.
You can download from here:

Anyone wishing to be notified of bug fixes, new versions, etc should fill out the download request form. Otherwise, use the direct link to the file. At  minumum, post a comment so I know if you like it or not.

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