AutoCAD Inventor :: Cannot Edit IPart Sketches

Dec 19, 2011

i am working on an ipart. I have a spreadsheet with all the data and used the first line to creat the first part.

no problem.

i can add the remaining information to the table from the spreadsheet.

When returning to the drawing environment i can select a few parts that work and there are many more with "issues". So i move the first offending part select it and try to edit it.  ( i know what i have to do to the sketch if i could just get into it)  Also i have suppressed a sketch and inserted a new slightly different version (the issue) but, after getting out, i am un-able to edit this new sketch either.

the message comes back and says i cannot edit this part, and then....

unable to prepare the part for edit, updating your part is required to all the edit, update now?

Windows 7 64 bit
Inventor 2012 Professional
Dell T1600 CPU E31245 @ 3.30GHz

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Cannot Edit IPart Sketches

Dec 19, 2011

I have been trying to create an ipart. Once the ipart is created i am un-able to edit the sketches of features with issues.

I need to modify a sketch and to create an alternate sketch (suppress/unsuppress) but get an error message when i try to edit the sketch.

Windows 7 64 bit
Inventor 2012 Professional
Dell T1600 CPU E31245 @ 3.30GHz

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Unable To Edit IPart Via Spreadsheet

Jul 19, 2012

I try to edit the table of an iPart via a spreadsheet (EXCEL 2010) and it does not launch EXCEL.  I saw other posts with changing the registery and I am not too confident on what to remove or even how to do it.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Edit IPart / IAssembly Via Spreadsheet Window Offscreen

Dec 29, 2011

Recently upgraded to Windows 7 from XP and changed from a laptop to a desktop.  With the laptop I used dual monitors; to date I haven't secured a second monitor from IT for true dual monitors.

Well I have some iParts that I've edited using excel and they have formulas that I can't edit using the standard iPart dialog, but when I click "Edit via Spreadsheet" the window opens off screen.  The alt+Spacebar method doesn't work in Windows 7 and the Windows 7 method of shift+right-click isn't an option because Excel doesn't appear on the taskbar and selcting Inventor moves the Inventor window, not the instance of excel inside of inventor.

2013 Product Design Suite Ultimate
Windows 7 Sp1
Intel(R) Core (TM) i5-2400 @ 2.00GHz
6.00 GB of RAM
AMD Radeon HD 6570

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Dec 19, 2011

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Dec 13, 2012

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Sep 23, 2011

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Functionality Of Assembly Sketches?

Oct 7, 2011

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When I first got in contact with assembly sketches, I believed they can be used to positioning parts in the assembly: create a sketch, very easily and quickly draw lines/points/etc which serve as anchor points for the parts, and then constrain the parts to these lines/points/etc. But this does not work - whereas I would find it sometimes useful.

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Feb 8, 2012

I've been making a model plane model in inventor 2012 from imported IGES geometry, and Realised that my sketches were not assigned to any part (and thus can't be lofted). Is there any way of moving the sketches to the newly created part without redrawing everything? I've tried dragging and dropping because it seemed to make sense, but alas, that had no success.

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Nov 5, 2012

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Mar 20, 2012

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Document Frame Sketches

Sep 15, 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How Do Representations Handle Sketches

Sep 18, 2013

I'm trying to employ a technique that I've used with SolidWorks.  I'm working on a project with several engineers doing design work on a large assembly.  The way I've seen this handled in a SolidWorks shop is to create a master assembly with sketches on the principal planes that define envelopes for sub assemblies, interface dimensions, and so on.  Each engineer can have the master assembly in their sub assembly, as a guide.  Where I've used this before, it has worked with integrating the sub assemblies later on.

Here's the complication:  There are several different "families" of the product that require different dimensions on the master sketches.  What I had hoped to do in Inventor was use view representations or level of detail representation to control the visibility of these "families" of master sketches.  When an engineer includes the master assembly in his sub assembly he could then easily turn on the "family" he wants to see.  But it turns out that neither view representations nor level of detail representations influence the visibility of sketches.  (Position representations don't, either.)  Sketches are either visible or not visible, regardless of which representation you're in.

Is there some way I can control the visibility of sketches, in groups?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Skeletal Sketches And Copy

Oct 29, 2012

we very often create parts/assemblies using skeletal sketches, problem we encounter is that when we use the copy command in the components area on the ribbon.

The problem we have is that when we open the new assembly and components they are still looking at the original skeletal sketch. is there anyway to copy the orginal skeletal sketch to a new one and the new parts look at this upon using the copy.

At present what we do is make a copy and rename the original file. Then open the assembly and it looks for the original skeletal sketch, so we point it at the new skeletal sketch.

This is not an issue when we have a couple of parts in an assembly but if you have a lot of parts in the assembly it si very time consuming.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Dimensioning Angles In 3D Sketches

Oct 4, 2013

In the course of working up a tooling proposal, I attempted to replicate a 3D part from a customer print. While doing so, I noticed that 3D Sketch will not, under any circumstances that I can find, allow an angular dimension between a line and a plane. The customer print has two pipes projecting at odd angles from a base flange, one of which has an elbow. The print lists datum dimensions for the open pipe ends and the elbow, and gives vertical and horizontal angular dimensions to define the directions in which the pipes emerge from the flange. I have defined these three datum points in 3D space without any trouble, but Inventor 2013 will not allow me to define an angle between these sketchlines and the XZ and YZ origin planes, or between these sketchlines and the faces of the flange base I've constructed.

I am currently waiting on a proper 3D CAD model from the customer, and I'm considering longhand trigonometric calculations to place these lines properly, but I find it very hard to believe that Inventor is incapable of constraining a line to lie along what is effectively the surface of a cone.

Inventor 2013
AutoCAD 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Lines Not Closing In 2D Sketches?

Mar 12, 2012

I'm having issues when I create sketches using the line tool.  I should be seeing constraints as I create them and a green dot when the object is closed.  This is not the case however, and when i attempt to extrude or offset the sketch I can only select individual lines. 

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Rendering Sketches With Images

Jul 23, 2012

I am trying to render some images and video of a design I've been working on.
This isn't an absolute necessity, but I would like to have my companys product and logo displayed on the monitor in the design. If you look at the screenshot what I'm trying to describe should come clear.

These images were just dropped into a sketch on the face of these two monitors.

When I go to render, the sketch image does not appear. It just renders the default face color of the part.

Is there something I'm missing?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Visibility Of All Workplans And Sketches

Jul 24, 2012

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Get Model Sketches Inactive?

May 13, 2013

In my section view, Get Model Sketches is inactive (greyed out; see attached).

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I would hate to recreate the view again.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Hide Dimensions In Sketches

Aug 20, 2012

I'm working with a series of 3D sketches. Some sketches must remain visible as reference. While creating the sketches, the dimension call-outs grow too distracting from the linear sketches. Is it possible to hide, or toggle off/on the dimensions while leaving the sketch geometry visible?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Loft Using 3D Sketches For Rails

Apr 16, 2012

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Windows 7 x64
IV 2012

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Cannot Get Model Sketches On All Models In Drawing?

Nov 26, 2013

I am making a control console with a bunch of plastic tags on my pilot devices. I use the sketch text tool to write the label on each tags.

When comes the time to make my drawing, I get my model sketch and they show on my 2D, no problem.

Well today, it seems Inventor 2014 just gave up on giving me my sketches. Here is the console view of of the lid with the tag texts showing:

Now let's go over the second lid on the same plan and get my model sketch to see the rest of my text.

Click on it and ....

Nothing! still no text.

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i7-4930MX CPU @ 3.00GHz
32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @1600MHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB Ram
Autodesk Product Design Suite Premium 2014

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Save And Import Sketches From One File To Another?

May 28, 2004

I just wanted to know if you could make sketches in one part or file, somehow save it with a name, then open a new or existing part file and import that saved sketch. Is there a way to do this? Also, can you make blocks, as we could in AutoCAD, in Inventor?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Ghost Sketches After Using Bolted Connection

Aug 20, 2013

One of my parts had "Invalid origin/axis" problems and I got all my visible aketches fixed. But I have what I call "ghost" sketches left from bolted connection updates, erasures etc.  I can get rid of the visible points but cannot access the sketches to erase them.

The red + sign showing irritates me and I want rid of it.

I have attached the file, 2014 version, some of the adaptive features may not come thru or they may work better on another computer, who would know.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Finding All Sketches Defined By A Plane

Jul 26, 2013

VBA routine that will allow you to select a work plane in the browser and find all sketches that are defined by it.  We do extensive skeletal modelling and our master parts consist of many sketches and sketch planes

Note, I am aware of the VBA routine that allows you to select a sketch and highlight the plane or surface that it is made off of.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Projection Of Surfaces In Drawings (Not Sketches)

Nov 5, 2012

I wish to display an Assembly as a Drawing. 

However when the Base view is created it also displays surface geomerty created for referencing. 

I attach a PDF which shows this.

Even though these are hidden in the respective Part files, they keep showing up in the Drawing and I cannot find a way to hide them.  How to stop this from happening? BTW I am using Inventor 2013.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Access Sketches And Features Information

Jun 23, 2012

- when modelling a part file in Inventor, only the dimensions we set (dimensions we give a name and a value), are listed in the parameters table. This way, its possible to export the information listed in that table. 

- the information listed in the parameters table is based on sketches and features dimensions, as obvious.

So , my question is: is it possible to access the information (dimension values) contained in a feature (or a sketch) without setting a specific name or value to it?

For example, in the attached pictures, if a rectangular form is drawn and the dimensions are sett, these will be listed in the parameters table (see attached  "pic1" and "pic1 - params").

But, in the other hand, if the same rectangular form is drawn, but this time without setting any dimension, the parameters table will be empty, obviously (see attached  "pic2").

After this, i can surely presume that Inventor saves or keeps this information somehow, somewhere, without having to set dimensions or values.

So, my question is: is it possible to access sketches and/or features information without setting this values?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: 2D Line Snapping Over 2 Separate Sketches

Mar 21, 2013

What I am trying to do is line snapping over 2 stetches.

I am working in 2D sketch mod, I am basically drawing square boxes on one sketch (in black) and then on another sketch (in orange) drawing connecting lines.

Right now I am having to maually look to see the distance, but is there any way to line snap over 2 sketches?

On a side note, When a drawing is finished, is there any way to scale it up or down?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Radii In 3D Sketches - Arc / Line Interfaces

Apr 27, 2012

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I have a corner interface that is made up of an arc to a straight line...and can I heck as like put a fillet on that corner.

Is it possible or just a facility that doesn't work on arc/line interfaces?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Derive Part From Two Other Parts (sketches)

Aug 12, 2013

I often use a number of parts with only one sketch in them as templates for other parts.

I have for instance a template part with a top view sketch and a template part with a side view sketch.

Mostly I can use one of these template parts to derive my parts.

But now I want to creat a part that needs both the top view and side view sketches. So I need to derive from two different parts.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Disable Visibility On All Sketches Under Assembly?

Jan 17, 2013

Is there anyway that i can disable visibilty for ALL of the sketches under an assembly in a Assembly Layout? I have multiple assemblies (sub -assemblies) that im putting together into one finale assembly and everytime i unhide a sub-assembly, ALL of the sketches in it apear visible so then i have to painstakenly go throught every sketch and hide it. It takes for ever!

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