AutoCAD Inventor :: Can STEP Files Still Be Used In Assembly

Sep 3, 2012

Basically, my school has the 2012 version of Inventor while I have 2013, and I was wondering if I can still use STEP files in an assembly, and also in my drawing sheets.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Converting Assembly To STEP File

Sep 12, 2012

I have to send one of my assemblies to a customer who has Solidworks I believe, so I thought I would just save the assembly as a step file, but when I try to do this it crashes my system probably due to the fact that I have quite a bit of embossing on one particular panel. Any other options?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Creating Step File Of Assembly

Mar 20, 2013

I am trying to create a step file of an assembly, the assembly consists of maybe 50-100 parts.  I am currently running Inventor 2009.   In a new part file, I derive the assembly to make it one solid entity.  Then I save that as a step file.  However when i open the step file, i have a bunch of extra "parts" in my model tree.  These parts seem to be where the bolts and threaded holes interfere or not all parts joined to the main solid model.  How can I eliminate this? 

Also on a side note, is there anyway to change the orientation of the WCS?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Export Large Assembly To Step File?

Nov 14, 2012

In my company we work with quite large assemblies, a small project im working on now, contains 527 documents with a total of 3088 occurrenses. Our customers often request STEP files which is a real pain for us to create.

Usually we have to start exporting the assembly at closing time and let the computer work over night, and the product is often a file in the 200mb range, which is too heavy to handle via e-mail, and also takes a lot of time to import to other CAD software.

Using the Task Scheduler is not an option since our file server isnt compatible and refuses to let go of files unless they are checked out manually.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Derive Assembly To Part And Save As Step With ILogic

Dec 6, 2012

When we send 3D models to customers, we always derive the assembly to make it 1 solid part, so the customer cannot disassemble it to copy our product, and then save it as a step file.

I want to Derive an assembly to a part and then save it as a *.step file with an ilogic rule.

I worked out the last part, but i cannot find the Derive assembly code anywhere.

Im not an experienced programmer, i can only Copy paste, so if the solution is already posted in a simular rule, i will not be able to pick what i need from the code

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Exporting To Step Files?

Nov 5, 2013

I can use the program and quite happily create components, sub assemblys, and master assemblys.Our company still doesn't have ANY 3D FILES. I have been tasked with eventually creating a full range of end product drawings as Step files. They are wanting BIMS. I see this a step to far atm.....

With the products that manufacture inhouse (industrial / comercial boilers) I have produced each individual component within the boiler to eventually aid to manufacture and bombs to intergrate with SAP.

With doing this every boiler I have done in inventor all the components are there and easily accessable. Am I right in thinking it needs to be exported as a step file to lock everything within the master assembly.

When I have exported it to a step file, when it comes to importing it into an  assembly file the components are still accessable when expanded in the menu at the side. Is this because im opening it on my computer or have I done something wrong.....

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Importing Step Files Into Assemblies

Feb 5, 2013

I am trying to import a step assembly file in 2013.  Under the options settings I no longer have or see the ability to,

(Import Multiple Solids Parts as Assembly) This was an option to check.

This seems to be a big issue as we always import the assemblies, then ground them. And this gives us the option of moving or deleting certain components, as well as opening individual components in their own part environment.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Rename Imported STEP Files

Dec 6, 2011

I'm currently creating a procedure to manage a standard part library.

For that, I'm trying to import downloaded STEP files from suppliers online libraries, and some of these STEP files contain assemblies.

I can open them as wanted in Inventor (1 .IAM and .IPT files), problem is I can't edit .IPT names. I can only rename them in Windows, but I would like to rename in Inventor before saving for the first time.

I would like to have something like that, with "Assembly" the assembly name:


How can I do that without renaming in Windows?

I attached the STEP file I'm using, downloaded form McMaster.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Saving Files In STEP Format?

Mar 20, 2012

I have a folder with a couple of files that i need to save a copy as STEP format, right now they are in CATIA, is it possible to save them all at once? or I will have to open one by one and save it?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Hangs When Importing Step Files?

Dec 5, 2013

Inventor hangs when importing Step files. I have tried unchecking the embed in document option with no luck. Is there anything else I can try?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Converting Step Files For Mechanical Desktop?

Feb 7, 2012

I have a problem with some step files I recieved from a vendor for an assembly.  Basically what is happening is I download the step file. Then bring it into Mechanical Desktop.  When brought into Mechanical desktop, it is downloaded in metric where my entire assembly is in standard/english format.  What I did when I had Inventor 2011 is bring the step file into inventor, go to document settings and switch the unit to inch from mm.  Then save the step file and when I brought it into Mechanical desktop it was in the correct unit and scale.

Now with 2012 Inventor, when I bring the step file in, it is automatically in english/standard format.  So I save the step file out and try to open it in Mechanical desktop only to have the file back into mm and 25.4x the actual size it should be.

how to save the step file out like in 2011 to make sure the unit is saved in the correct format.  This is extremely aggrevating and waste of time.  I would have had the part reverse engineered by now if i quit trying to use the vendors standard step files.

This problem doesn't only happen with a certain vendor's drawings either, it goes for all step files I have recieved since getting Inventor2012.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Export Step Files From 2012 Into Surfcam

Oct 15, 2012

I am trying to export step files from Inventor 2012 into Surfcam. Any files that were created in Inventor translate over as solids. Files that I have imported from step files, recognized features, modified and exported again come into Surfcam as Nurb surfaces. I also tried using Inventor 2013 with the same results.

I've never experienced this problem with earlier versions of Inventor.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Saving STEP Files In Specific Folder

Jul 5, 2013

When opening a step file and trying to save it, it keeps trying to save it in the 'My Documents/inventor' folder. Even if i select save as and pick a specific folder elsewhere it only saves the top assembly in that location and all sub assemblies and parts are then saved in the My Documents/Inventor folder.

Additional info:

I am operating Autodesk inventor pro 2013.

My project is set to a folder C:inventor workspace

And the folder i am trying to save into is in that folder

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Convert Files IPT IAM In STEP Or SAT In Batch Mode

Oct 28, 2011

Can we convert the Inventor files IPT IAM in STEP or SAT in Batch mode

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Unable To Import Step / IGES Files

Nov 8, 2011

Currently using the following hardware; HP Z800 Xeon X5677 with 24GBram and 3x147 SAS in raid configuration

Windows professional 64-bit

98% of our work consist of creating idw drawings of complete factory's plants, large 3d plant models.

Therefore we have many subcontractors and from them we receive 3D step/iges models (size approx. 240MB), we want to be able to import these in to our models. But for the moment we are unable to import these files into inventor (due to size probably), it takes very long (over 36 hours) to convert, and most of the times we get a error... or inventor hangs.

When we are able to convert these we have performance problems because of size of our models. 

So my questions are; 

 - why does it take so long to open,
 - how can we reduce these files.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: 2011 Freezes When Opening STEP Files

Nov 30, 2011

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2011

It freezes when I try to open a STEP file, even one I just created.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Tube And Pipe Assembly Styles Don't Translate Into Other Assembly Files

Feb 9, 2012

I have encountered a problem with the Tube and Pipe styles. 

As you can see, I have a rack assembly with a custom tube and pipe style. A wire as a tube in orange, and a tube support in white. Both have their seperate colorations at a style in the tube and pipe styles editor

When placing the rack assembly into the main assembly, it reverts to the coppor coloration I changed from the original style.

Steps I've taken:

Exported the styles .xml and Imported the styles into the master tubeandpipe.iam 

Imported the user created .xml styles into the main assembly file nothing seems to work

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Imported Step Files Have Weld Bead Surfaces

Apr 5, 2013

i just started using inventor 2013.

it seems that there's a setting so that when it imports steps it assigns weld bead colours to all the surfaces of the imported model. is there a way to change this behaviour so that it imports with solid colour surfaces instead?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: 2012 Cannot Save Or Open STEP / IGES Files

Jul 25, 2013

Since we upgraded to Inventor 2012 SP1 on W7 x64 most machines cannot open or save out step or iges files.  The translator shows as 'On demand' and when i save copy as the 'options' button is inactive.  We just get the standard error 'Problems encountered while saving the document'.

I see lots of old posts but nothing relating specifically to stp files. 

Inventor 2010

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Derived Parts Exporting As Empty Step Files?

Jun 11, 2012

I've created two similar but different base files.

I've derived each into parts that have a few different features.

In both cases, step exports of the base solid are fine but exports of the unique parts are empty.

Step exports of their assemblies are complete except for these parts.

Sat exports work fine for both parts and assemblies.

It happens in 2012 SP2 and 2013.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Importing Step And Iges Files Takes Forever In 2013 FDS?

May 8, 2013

I have recently upgraded to 2013 FDS and now when I try to import Acad files (sometimes up to 2000 solids) it takes virtually a full day to import one file.  When I had 2011 I could import these files much faster. 

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Project Files Vs Assembly Files?

Mar 8, 2013

I am deep into my first Inventor project. I am approaching the point where I would like to make a comprehensive set of drawings with bills of material etc. I have discovered that all this time I have actually been working in one big assembly file. My main project file is NOT a project file (so I have discovered). It is a *.iam file. 

So, my question is, should I create a project file, and then add my main assembly to it? Should one normally create a new Project file for each new job? What does one gain by doing this versus simply using the *.iam file?

Inventor 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Archiving Big Assembly Files

Nov 16, 2012

I have several projects that have some very big complex assembly files which are taking up a lot of space on our company drive. I need to compress and archive these large files to free up space on the drive. I know that shrinkwrap is an option to simplify assembly files, any optimum way of compressing large assembly files and reducing the file size considerably ?

Autodesk Inventor Professional 2013 SP2 64-Bit Edition
Windows 7 HP Z400, Intel Xeon W3550 3.07GHz
12.0GB RAM, ATI FirePro V4800 (FireGL)

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Unresolved Files In Assembly

Mar 19, 2013

I have an assembly that has a component that has not only been deleted from this assembly, but has been removed from the vault.  When I try to select a similar file on my local, just to get through this I get the followong error message and this cycle keeps going in circles.  Wanting me to point to where this deleted file is.

 This assembly remains unresolved and as a result of that I cannot check it into the vault.

Another frustrating things about his is in the dialog window that wants you to select a different file, there is no option to either select from the CC or the vault.  Why?

I just hope the only solution is not to recreate this assembly.  Because this is a subassembly used in upper level assemblies.  Speaking of which those upper lever assemblies wont check into the vault either because of this issue.

Inventor Suite 2012
Windows 7
(Colossians 3:23-25)

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Erase FEA Files From Assembly

Apr 9, 2012

I used to use the Stress Analysis feature at my assembly.

Now I have copied it to another project and do not need this FEA info at copy.

I cannot just delete AIP folder since  Inventor claims of missing FEA files while opening.

How to erase those files info from this assembly file?

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AutoCAD .NET :: Undo Transactions Step-by-step Within Command Method

Sep 26, 2013

I have a Command Method which has a loop that opens and commits transactions until the user is finished with it and exits. 

I would like each transaction to be undone separately but the undo command undoes the CommandMethod (along with all the transactions that occurred while in the loop)

Do I need to use the COM StartUndoMark and EndUndoMark to get this working?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Rename Files Without Effecting To Assembly

Dec 12, 2012

How to rename the files of an assembly without effecting to assembly, as we do it in solidworks explorer.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Plot All Related Files To PDF From Assembly

Jul 7, 2011

My attempt to plot all related files form an ".iam" resulted with the following code. The code as is working for us. We use an eight digit number for file name. Plotted PDF will have revision added to file name. Any chance of making an addin or iLogic code for similar functionality?

Private PDFPATH As String'FOLLOWING CODE USES CODE FROM URL...AND OTHER PLACES INCLUDING INVENTOR HELP.Public Sub PrintRefFiles() 'BOMQuery() ' Set a reference to the assembly document. ' This assumes an assembly document is active. Dim oDoc As AssemblyDocument Set oDoc = ThisApplication.ActiveDocument Dim ASSYIDW As String ASSYIDW = oDoc.FullFileName ASSYIDW = Replace(ASSYIDW, Right(ASSYIDW, 4), ".idw") If Dir(ASSYIDW) <> "" Then 'Debug.Print strDisplayDim oDrawDoc As drawingDocument Set oDrawDoc.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sketch Blocks In Assembly Files

May 29, 2013

Is there any way to add sketch blocks to an assembly sketch?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sharing Assembly Files Without Using Vault

Nov 6, 2012

We do not use VAULT. We're using network shared folder with 3 machine.

In some cases three users opening same assembly and sub assemblies. In this case Inventor showing us an error like "You can not save file. Use save-as" But in this case it's impossible to work share files.

We're opening / using same project file (ipj).  I remember that older versions of Inventor give us to chance that not save some subassemblies of main assembly. In this case you may save newer version of assembly files..

How can I share network folder to share my assembly files with the other colleagues? 

Using Inventor 2013 and not Vault. Because we're using Linux file server .

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Conversion Of Assembly Files To Pro / E Compatibility

Jun 26, 2012

I'm running into a file conversion issue at work. I use Inventor 2008 and i need to have my assembly miodels analyzed by stress engineering via Pro/E Wildfire.

I've tried converting the assembly file to .iges and .step. However, the assemblies are jumbled in the conversion. All the parts are there, but the constraints are not.  In the past, the assemblies have been small enough that the stress engineer was able to reassemble the parts in Pro/E. This current project, however, is much to large to do so. 

If I were to purchase Inventor 2013, could I save the files with the Pro/E native file extensions directly?

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