AutoCAD Inventor :: IFeature Punch Tool Name When Feature Name Has Changed

Mar 19, 2013

My company is trying to put some automation together to pull design attributes of parts and assemblies to drive routing creation in the shop. 

The issue that we have run into is that for certain ifeatures, we need to gain access to the name (or punch ID) of an ifeature (primarily punch tools).  Pulling the name of the feature that the tool created is relatively easy, but because you are able to change the name of the feature as it appears in the model browser, it isn't the most reliable way to get that information.

We are looking for a way to figure out what the name of the ifeature used to create the feature without referencing the resulting feature's name in the model tree.

I've included an example, and I'm looking for the name of the tool which should be "Ob_750X562".

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Possible To Create Troquel Punch As IFeature

Mar 14, 2012

I want to know if is possible to create a troquel punch as iFeature for just bend, not cut o drilled, for example, to create a squared punch  for to make a bending in a sheet metal,

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Punch Tool Causes 2013 To Shutdown?

Jun 18, 2012

why the Punch i created causes the following? 

1. The punch will not work with part 1.I have 4 points for the Punch on part-1

2. When attempting to get the 4 punch holes on to the flat sheet it causes inventor to shutdown.I have done 4 attempts to fit the punch into the flat sheet (part-1) and 4 times it has shutdown Inventor

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Dec 5, 2012

I am beginner in inventor, and I have to create punch and put them in library so it can be used later. 

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Oct 18, 2011

A colleague & I have been trying and failing all day to create a punch tool from scratch. I did however manage to modify the geometry of the Dimple & Hole example here:


how to
a) build the iFeature correctly and
b) how to then extract it so that the orientation is not FUBAR when you insert it using the punch tool.

Attached are the dimensions I need. This shape when revolved about the centreline should produce a 'dimple' effect in the sheet metal part.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Sheet Metal Punch Tool With A Flange?

Feb 1, 2012

I am trying to make a punch tool in inventor for sheet metal. I noticed that for the features I could not select faces or flanges I did. I know you can extrude the same shape to get the same result but I wanted to use a face/flange so that I can retain the flat development. What is the best way around this.

To get a sense of what I am trying to make:

-square cut out

-on the bottom edge of the square I made a face that is angled at 45 degrees

It would be closest to a louver tool.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Create A Sheet Metal Punch Tool

Feb 22, 2013

I am trying to create a sheet metal punch tool, however, I must have something incorrect because the extract iFeature does not seem to be working.

I've attached a copy of the file I'm currently working on.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Punch Tool Placement Error - The File Has 0 Volume Changing Features

Oct 12, 2013

I'm using Inventor 2014.

I created a Punch Tool iFeature, everything seemed fine, I could save it without problems.

However, when I try to place it in a part with the Punch Tool, it says "The file has 0 volume changing features. To be a valid punch tool, the .ide file must contain at least 1 sketch-based feature."

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Create Punch

Aug 6, 2012

I am trying to convert punch .ipt 2013 version file into a Sheet Metal Punch iFeature...For an unknown reason to me i cannot get it to work...Have a look at the file and see why i cannot convert to a Sheet Metal Punch iFeature ?

The Punch will then go onto the Sheet Metal Plate

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Punch Hole Not Working?

Dec 7, 2012

Sheet Metal Parts > Punch Holes (Contintued). 

I picked the ADSK-METRIC-120 to change the hole size from 25 to 120, but the new hole size ADSK-METRIC-120 is RED color and I cannot refresh or finish it. why size 25 worked, but not the 120? 

I am using the Autodesk Inventor 2012.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Making A Sheet Metal Punch

Jul 17, 2013

I have made some punches for sheet metal and this one seems to be simple but it has me stumb.

Its 50mm in Dia a 5mm lip a 28mm outside rad cone and a depth inside of =/- 8.5mm then there is a 12mm hole  

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Put IFeature On Workplane

Aug 12, 2013

I want to put my iFeature on my workplane,but i can't.However, if I change my PlaneInput = oFace , it can work perfectly.My program is below:

Private WithEvents oInteraction As InteractionEvents
Private WithEvents oselect As SelectEvents
Private Sub UserForm_Initialize()
    Set oInteraction = ThisApplication.CommandManager.CreateInteractionEvents
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AutoCAD Inventor :: IFeature Drop Down - Add New Value

Oct 14, 2012

Is it possible to add new value to the drop down list in the sheet metal punch feature sizing dialog boss.

I see there are 3 sizes bu default.. i need to add new values.

Inventor Professional 2013
Vault Collaboration 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: IFeature Add As A New Solid?

Oct 3, 2011

I have an ifeature (find in an attachement).

My question is: it possible to insert ifeature and get end result as new solid added to a part file

As of now when I add ifeature it merges with the previous solid. I think I am missing something

Config :: Intel (R) Xeon (R) CPU E31245 @ 3.30 GHz, 16.0 GB, 64bit win7
Inventor 2013 and Vault Basic 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Creating Punch Converting Text To Sketched Symbol?

Nov 5, 2013

I have been given the task of figuring out a way to have etching placed on our parts to show the part number of the part. The end goal is to get the parts laser cut but have the part number etched into the part.Is there a way to convert text (i.e. 12345) to a sketched symbol that the punch feature would recognize and then add it to the library? Right now we are using 2012 but will be upgraded to 2014 within the next 6 months.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Known Error In Flat Pattern - 2D Sketch Punch Representation

Oct 3, 2011

I've a problem in Inv 2011 SP2 and 2012 SP1 with 2D Sketch Punch Representation.

See attached file for the explanation of the problem or this Link to animated problem.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Use IFeature For Creating New Body

Jan 9, 2014

Is there  away to use an IFeature creating a new body?

 I mean, modeling a part as multibody, i would like to insert a feature with an iFeature, but i would like too that that new feature will be a new body.

I have tried in many ways.. including inserting in the ifeature a Split Feature..but with no sucess.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Include Axis In IFeature

Nov 3, 2005

The Axis is part of the iFeature, yet when I place it there is nothing available.

The objective for this is to automatically include an axis to mate to with the iFeature. The axis runs through a centerpoint on the iFeature.

I have a feeling the answer is I can't but I am hoping it is operator error.

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Jun 1, 2013

Is possible create new Body (SolidBody) for iFeature? In VBA or .NET.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Obtain X And Y Location Of IFeature

Dec 3, 2012

Is there any way to obtain the X and Y location of an iFeature that is placed on a center point?  I cannot find a way to relate the iFeature to the point or vice versa with VBA.  Holes are easy to relate but I am stuck on relating iFeatures.

My goal is to obtain the X and Y location of several iFeatures placed a piece of steel channel.

Inventor Professional 2014 64 Bit
Windows 7 Professional
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600
Dual Intel Xeon E5540 CPUs
16GB DDR3 Ram

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AutoCAD Inventor :: IFeature Folder Paths

Jan 21, 2013

I'm a single user at a small company tooling company.  I've created a handful of useful iFeatures that I've saved just in the default path:  C:UsersPublicDocumentsAutodeskInventor 2013Catalog

However, we're in discussions now about hiring another designer, so as I do new projects, I've been trying to do things cleaner and making sure that the method to my madness is obvious.  So I'm considering moving the contents of this folder to a network drive, and also one that's independent of Inventor upgrades (version # in the folder path). 

My question is this:  In the application settings, there are (3) different path settings on the iFeatures tab.  How are these different? 

When I've developed iFeatures I've usually had them initially in the Workspace directory for the current project.  Once completed and tested, I would put them in the default folder.  When I go to insert one later, the "Insert iFeature" dialog box doesn't take me to this path and I have to look it up all the time.  It just takes me back to wherever I inserted the last one from.  So what does this path in the settings box actually do for me?

If there's no "shortcut" to point to the iFeature root folder quickly, why do I care where I put them?  Couln't I create a network folder such as "Z:CADifeatures" for these and add it as a Library to my projects and save myself time?  I'd also not have to change the settings and/or make copies when we upgrade to IV2014.

Would there be a downside to doing this?  It almost seems too easy and like there's room for product improvement here.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Specifying Insertion Point For Ifeature?

Aug 17, 2012

I have created a set of standard panel cutouts for connectors as ifeatures.

they work good however i created them all from one file and they were in various locations in the original file.

when i insert the objects i am unable to place them by their centers and have to re-position afterward.

Is there a way to edit the ifeature and modify the location of the insertion point?

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

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Unable To Rotate IFeature

Oct 11, 2011

This is my i Feature inserted. When I try to insert it and rotate it, the slot and nubs do not rotate. Also, if I try to mirror it over the plane, the slot and nubs do not mirror. It always stays the same direction. I am on Inventor 2011.  Also, If I try to rotate it 90 deg, Inventor crashes.

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Nov 16, 2012

I'm trying to obtain a louvre iFeature for Inventor 2010. the ifeature on the c-bliss website no longer seems to be available... it redirects to or something.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: IFeature With Multiple References - Placement

Jan 21, 2013

Im just starting to look at I features to design, but even though my sketch is fully constrained when I place the iFeature with multiple references i can still move it using the arrows. How i could place them more accurately.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Place IFeature With Point And Plane

Mar 13, 2012

In the programming I found an example to place an ifeature on a face.I've modified it to place it on a face without selectset but with features. faces. item(1)

how to place it on that face with a vertex from that face or a workpoint that lies on that face.I've tried to adapt other code on this forum but can't find it.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: IFeature Fails When Making Table?

Aug 23, 2012

I'm trying to make an Ifeature of SAE ports and I can make the Ifeature just fine but when I try making a table for the different size it fails.

I attached the base part I extracted the Ifeature. The two sizes I edited in the table SAE #2 and #6 both fail while the original size SAE #8 (and all the other unedited sizes) work.

the forum doesn't seem to like .ide files which is the ifeature file

Update: Well it seems changing the thread size fixes the part about the ifeature not working properly. However if I try moving the ifeature it fails. I'm guessing some geometry isn't "following" the base feature.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Failing To Extract Sketch As IFeature?

Mar 7, 2012

I created the attached parametrized CF Flange iPart (one can change size, bored/blank, tapped/through, fixed/rotatable). I wanted to extract the cross-section sketches as iFeatures, so that I can reuse it also as sketches. I can extract the "Cross Section (Fixed)" sketch as an iFeature, but not "Cross Section (Rotatable)". I created this iPart file about half a year ago, and as far as I remember I created these two sketches in exactly the same way.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Creating Multiple Plane Ifeature

Nov 17, 2011

I'm new to Inventor, less than a month of experience learning by myself. I want to create an ifeature that uses sketches from 2 different planes. I found out how to place a simple ifeature but i'm having difficulty with the multiple plane references. I can select the 2 planes when inserting and tried using the "activate sketch for placement", but I can only reference the first feature, the second one isn't available at that point, therefore does not appear after completion.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Inserting IFeature Is Suddenly Failing

Oct 31, 2011

Just when I thought I was getting somewhere I come to a complete standstill. I'm attempting to insert an iFeature, louver to be exact. I inserted the one from cbliss easily and was able to edit the width, length, thickness etc. but had trouble trying to change angles. I later tried inserting one someone emailed me, so I removed the other one and now I can't insert new one and I can't even go back to insert cbliss one. Not sure what changed or what I messed up. I'm new to IV and not overly experienced in AutoCAD period.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Export Flat Pattern With Center Punch Marks For Drilling Operation

Sep 5, 2012

I have a part that we will cut out on a CNC plasma machine that will undergo a drilling operation. We create all the parts that will be cut on the plasma in the sheet metal environment because of the simple flat pattern export. Our plasma machine has the ability to scribe lines and also create center punch marks. It distinguishes between cut lines, scribe lines, and center punch marks by layer name. I need a way to get the center points of the drill locations into their own layer.

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