AutoCAD Inventor :: BOM Casting / Machine / Assembly

Sep 28, 2012

These will be family table parts and assemblies but just to keep it simple for now lets look at non family table parts and assemblies.The attachment is a drawing of a casting, a machine part that is made from the casting and an assembly that uses the machine part.

The casting will have a drawing that has no BOM.The machine part will have a drawing that has a BOM that calls out the casting.The assembly will have a drawing that has a BOM that calls out the machine part.

In the models:

I would like to have an assembly and a machine part the is linked to the casting part so if the casting part changes the machine part and the assembly changes.

In the drawings:

I would like to be able to use existing iproperties or user defined ones and use one parts list style so I can create a drawing of the casting, create a drawing of the machine part where the bom calls out the casting description and part number and a drawing of the assembly that calls out the machine description and part number.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: 2012 - How To Check Casting Model Wall Thickness

Jan 28, 2013

I am doing casting model in the inventor. i need to check the modelling wall thickness.

I tried in section analysis & drafting method but i am not satisfy on that.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Developing Casting Models Into Machining Models

Oct 6, 2011

We are looking for a workflow example of developing casting models into machining models.

Typically our castings are made from different materials (Fig-1) and then machining (Fig-2) are created from these castings.

Is creating the casting as an iPart (with different materials) and then deriving the machining from the casting the proper method?

Doing it this way seems to force us into making a machining for each casting material instead of just one machining that is an iPart. How should this be set-up for BOM purposes and for use with Vault (Base Version)?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Creating Casting Part From Machined Part

Oct 7, 2011

I have a part that is designed to be made from a casting. In my workflow it makes more sense to create the as machined part first and then base the casting on the machined part usually by using save as and then deleting the machined features. I understand that you can easily go the opposite direction by creating the cast and then creating a derived part that you apply the machining features to.

I tried to derive the casting in this way hoping that you could just suppress of delete features without altering the associativity between the two files but it appears that the derived part doesn't "know" about the features on the original, it's just a solid.

It would seem that this workflow would be a no brainer since most of the time the casting depends on the finished part which depends on the design specifications, so am I missing something or is there really no way to do what I want to do without having to go the messy route of having to manually alter two separate parts every time I alter the design?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Timestamp For IDW On 64 Bit Machine

Mar 2, 2010

Is there anyway to get a timestamp onto the idw. I have been using the one that could be down loaded that Steve Krause had made but that one doesn't work on a 64 bit machine.

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Photoshop :: Upgrade To CS5 On New Machine Invalidate CS2 On Old Machine

Aug 4, 2012

Got a new computer. Copied and upgraded Photoshop CS2 to CS5. I would like to give the old computer to a family member or friend. Will they be able to use the CS2 on the old machine? (an iMac 10.6) or is that the end of that CS2? 

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AutoCAD Civil 3D :: Curb Box Depending On Casting Number

Nov 25, 2013

I assume the curb box is included (or not) depending on the casting number?  How is something like 3067 handled, which comes with and without a curb box?  

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Convert Weldment Assembly Back To Regular Assembly Template

Jun 6, 2012

I am using INV 2012 and I wan to to know a trick how to convert the weldment assembly back to regular assembly template.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Creating Separate Assembly Out Of Various Component Parts In Existing Assembly

Jul 10, 2012

I'm looking for the best way to create a separate assembly out of various component parts in an existing assembly so that the whole thing can be placed in an assembly as you would a part, I know it's possible to demote components within an assembly but are there any other methods similar / better ?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: ILogic Assembly Has Double User Request At Inserting In Assembly

Sep 18, 2012

We have an iLogic assembly with to parts in it. Maybe to cylindrical parts. The iLogic rules should do the following.

1. Start a Rule after open document.

2. This Rule starts a Rule in the first cylindrical component.

3. This Rule ask the user for a diameter.

4. The assembly gives this new parameter value to the second component

5. Then the assembly calls another rule in the second component to change it with the new parameter

Everything is working fine when the following combinations are taking place:

1. I open up the assembly out of vault or from a local drive or an accessible server drive

2. I insert the assembly as sub assembly in another assembly from a local drive or an accessible server drive

It don't work with the following situation:

- I insert the assembly as sub assembly in another assembly out of vault

Then the user becomes the dialog "Choose a diameter" twice.

I don't know why, but I have the idea it has something to do with the functionality of inventor to insert a component more than once. If you insert a component in an assembly Inventor gives you the opportunity to add more than one occurence after each other. 

change that behaviour? Maybe a switch to change that inventor "add more than one occurence" behaviour.

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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 :: Find Interior Volume Of Assembly By Subtracting Assembly From Block

Apr 23, 2012

I am trying to find the interior volume of an assembly (when am I not?!?!) by subtracting the assembly from a block that surrounds the most of it.  Somewhere the assembly has a "leak" and I have been trying to use the Cross Section Analysis to track down where the inside lump is connected to the outside lump to be subtracted.  Is there a less time consuming way to dynamically drag a plane across and get cross sectional views?

Even better is there a simple way to animate the analysis plane moving across the block so I can hopefully just watch and pause it when I find a leak?

Inventor 2013 (SP2 Update 2), Windows 7 Professional (64-bit), SP1, Intel Xeon 3.07GHz CPU, 12GB RAM, NVIDIA Quadro 2000, Vault Basic 2013

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Place Assembly Constraints With Parameters From Parts In Assembly?

Oct 30, 2012

it is possible to make a constraint that utilized a parameter of a part within the assembly.

For example, if I wanted to use the thickness of a plate, which I defined in the part, could I call that parameter in a constraint?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Make Sub Assembly From Parts From Main Larger Assembly?

Oct 31, 2011

My assembly has grown (about 50 parts) to where I need to consolodate some parts into subassemblies for reuse and alternate iterations of the basic design.

When I import the original parts into a new assembly, all of the constrains I created are not there of course.

I've tried creating a new empty part and then deriving a new part from the assembly, but I can't add, delete or edit any parts.

I looked at using Shrinkwrap, Substitutes, iParts, Multi-body Parts, and Multiple Solids but I remain confused.

In retrospect, maybe I should have created the subassemblies between the part and assembly stage but I didn't.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Translate Assembly Component Using ILogic / Offset From Parent Assembly Origin

Nov 9, 2011

I want to be able to control the location/position of a component in an assembly. This is easy enough through the iProperties/Occurrence tab and then adjust the location of the X,Y, and Z offsets. Is this possible using iLogic? I have been unable to find a function to access via iLogic. Ultimately I am trying to translate a component about an axis not a pattern.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Cam Software For Cutting EPS Foam On Hot Wire CNC Machine

Dec 8, 2011

CAM software that will run a hot wire CNC machine used for cutting EPS foam?  I am using Inventor to create my product drawings and I want to use an integrated CAM software to create the G-Code to run my hot wire CNC.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Dynamic Simulation Of Machine To Separate Out Material

Apr 12, 2013

I am doing dynamic stimulation of machine to separate out material. When i loaded into simulation tab, the moving parts goes as grounded objects. I can't do analysis the free flow of material due to its constraints restrictions. I didn't constraints those components in assembly. Even, i set the flexible option in main assembly. I am not sure where i went wrong. How can i overcome this problem ? I am beginner to Inventor.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How To Create Machine That Places Glue Along A Path

Dec 10, 2013

I've been trying to construct a machine that places glue along a path. Check out the animation and you'll understand what I'm saying

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AutoCAD Inventor :: How Solidworks Output G-Code To Machine Parts

Jun 24, 2013

How Solidworks has the ability to output G-code to machine parts without the use of a seperate CAM software.

If Inventor has the ability to do this with some sort of add on? Or even if Autodesk offers a program that does this that would work well with Inventor or if I must use a seperate CAM software to do it. I have used Mastercam in the past but wasn't sure if there was an easier way to do so.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Saving Assembly Parts As New (sub) Assembly?

Nov 28, 2011

Can I select a bunch of parts in an assembly and say "save these pieces as a new assembly"?

It is just such a needed tool but I cant find an easy way to accomplish this.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: CoG Needed For Each Sub Assembly In A 2 Part Assembly On An IDW

Oct 3, 2013

I have a two part duct fire damper assembly. The IDW has the combined two part assembly, which I know how to turn the CoG on, so that it can be dimensioned. The problem is each piece will more than likely be hoisted separately so I would like to show the CoG for each piece, not the combined master there a way to do this?

Inventor 2014
Windows 7 Pro SP1
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770k CPU @ 3.50GHz
NVIDIA Quadro 4000
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AutoCAD Inventor :: Machine Width Automatically Updated In Part / Drawing Number

Jul 29, 2013

Currently I'm converting one of our machines from AutoCAD to Inventor 2009.

This machine can vary from 1200mm to 1600mm and has a couple of options to choose from for our customers.

These dimension changes are all driven by a single excel file and the options are controlled in the an IAssembly.

Some of the 2D drawings will have a variable width, in our ERP system they are marked width dependable as followed: "partnumber/1200" or "partnumber/1410" in which 1200 or 1410 is the machine width.

Is it possible to have the 2D drawings automatically update the partnumber? so if I configure my machine as a 1200mm machine it automatically changes my drawingnumber to the actual machine width?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Calculate Total Length Of Multiple Doors On Single Machine

Apr 26, 2013

I use flat piano hinges on doors for many of the machines we build. I would like to be able to calculate the total length of multiple doors on a single machine. We buy these hinges so it needs to go on a buy out parts list.

So here is my problem:

To make it a useable hinge I build an assembly from two hinge halves.

This allows me to check for interference within the machine when the door gets opened.

I set the BOM structure of the assembly to purchased so it shows up on my buy out list.

Both halves of the hinge are set to normal.

There are hinges of different lengths on the same machine.

I can link a parameter of one of the halves to the assembly to show length of the hinge but I cannot set the BOM base qty on the assembly to that parameter so Inventor can add up the lengths.

When I group the items in a buyout parts list the result is  "0." The individual assemblies show the correct length because I use the "length" parameter that is linked for the QTY in the parts list. But I cant "add" the lengths and have a total whe I group them.

I need to have mixed units in this list. Some things are bought as Each and these hinges are bought in length.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Assembly Within Assembly Detection

Sep 3, 2013

I would like to see if there is a routine that allows my iLogic code to detect if my assembly contains another assembly within it. If my assebly contains assemblies then I don't want "MyRule" to run. Else if it does then I want "MyRule" to run.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Two Assembly Positions In One Assembly

Mar 21, 2013

My Assembly has two possible positions for my piston.

I would like to show both piston positions (top and bottom) in one drawing file; however, in different drawing views.

I have tried using LOD and Drawing View Representations, but it is my understanding that neither of these are meant to be used in this way.

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After Effects :: Layers Not Casting Shadows

Jul 28, 2008

I've set up a comp with a light behind a large number of grey solids aranged in a grid. The light shines through the grid and onto a perpendicular solid ground-plane.

The thing is, the grid solids aren't casting any shadows. Now, they're in a precomp which is set as a 3D layer, but all the materials options are set correctly. All of the solids AND the precomp are set to cast shadows, and the ground-plane is set to accept shadows. The light casts shadows (and it works with other objects in the scene), but no joy on the solids grid.

Here's an image showing two views of the scene along with the corresponding overhead view to show the camera and light placement. The horizontal line in the overhead view is the solids grid. Also, Trapcode Lux is on to visualize the light cone, but it's not to blame, since there are still no shadows with it off and removed from the comp.


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After Effects :: Pre-composed Layers Not Consistently Casting Shadows

Apr 14, 2013

I've been trowling through th interwebs for an answer and it appears a lot of people have come accross similar issues yet I am still to solve my little hiccup.
I have a bunch of 3D layers sitting on a 3D plane. Everything was going swimmingly until I animated these layers in individual pre-compositions, when all the shadows disappeared. All shadow settings are set correctly, lights are in the right places, layers are separeted on Z axis and there are no effects on anything.
I'll include some images so you get the gist:For some reason, 1 shadow is working. i've checked all the settings and nothing seems to be different between them.

Here's a shot of the stats on the working comp:

And one of a non-working comp:

Now the pre-comps are no longer interacting with the ground at all. You can see the working one in the background is hanging out half way through the floor where as the front characters should be doing the same but aren't.

And finally, for some reason, at the 7second mark, it suddenly works again!?

Now, nothing changes at the 7 second mark, the camera and lights are in exactly he same place.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Add Extrusion On Assembly

Aug 16, 2012

I wanted to add an extrusion to an asembly. I was able to highlight the required geometry and create the feature, but is not showing up. In the browser, there's a red "up arrow"  beside it. Why is it not showing?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Get Assembly Name From Part?

May 8, 2013

I am in Inventor customization using as development language. 

There is one issue which is troubling me from some time. 

Is it possible to identify the name of parent  assembly of part/sub-assembly.

For Instance there is a Sub-Assembly/Part, how can i identify the parent assembly using without opening that assembly.

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Get Area Of Assembly

Nov 21, 2013

Is there any way to get an area for the entire assembly on the BOM?  If you go to i Properties --> Physical it is shown there. But how to pull it from there and have it as Column in BOM? Can it be done using API ?

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AutoCAD Inventor :: Crashing When Assembly Is Placed

Apr 12, 2012

I'm working on some code which updates the sizes of parts within sub assemblies and then selects the correct sub assemblies to place and constrain into a larger assembly.

When I run my software all the sub-assemblies should open, resize and then get placed into the larger assembly.

This code works up to a point. However I'm having some trouble when one of my sub assemblies is placed and constrained into the larger assembly - Inventor crashes.

If I step through my code line by line, it works fine. I think that this is because Inventor has more 'time to think' about what it is doing between placing the sub assembly and constraining it (updating the parts i guess).

After discovering this I wrote a line in my code which uses the stopwatch class to wait 20 seconds between installing the part and constraining it, this allows everything to work without Inventor crashing.

What I'd like to know is if there is a command i could use in which would allow me to wait for the sub-assembly to be ready to be constrained rather than waiting 20 seconds? Although this works I don't think it's the 'correct' method of doing things.

I'm using Inventor 2011 SP1.

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