Archive for July, 2006

Faster Content Center for R11

I’ve been using Autodesk Inventor 11 for the past months and I had an observation that the Content Center seems to be slow even after installing SP1. Just download this hotfix and install it. After downloading it, you will find two files there. The other one is only to be used after the DWF Extension for Inventor R11 is installed and the other one is installed after SP1. You also might want to download the DWF Extension which is available for download to subscribers only so that you could output JT files and output your assembly files directly in STL format.


July 29, 2006 at 4:27 am Leave a comment

Custom Frame Generator Profile Templates

A few weeks ago, editing the xml file and the database file of frame generator was discussed here. Now, we want to create our own profiles after successfully linking the Custom database in the xml file.

1. Create 3 new sketches and make sure that the sketch name of all the sketches follow the ones like that of

Sketches in Frame Generator

AFG_Detailed sketch
2. After creating the sketches, create a rectangle in AFG_Simplified sketch. Dimension the width and the height. Name the parameters as USR_B and USR_H respectively.

3. Project Geometry the center point. (more…)

July 26, 2006 at 3:04 am 12 comments

Custom Title Block

Autodesk Inventor allows you to customize your title blocks that is in line with the company standards. However, creating a custom template and saving it in your Templates folder will be much more of a time saver.

1. To create a custom drawing template, create a new drawing (*.idw file extension).

2. Save this in your templates folder (the Templates folder defined in your current project).

3. Delete the drawing resources (border and title block) which can be found everytime you expand Sheet found in the browser tree

Delete Drawing Resources

4. After deleting the resources, create your custom border. Expand Drawing Resources from the browser tree, then right click Borders. Then, Define New Border.

5. Create your new border just like dimensioning a sketch. TIP: Set margins (distance between your border line and the edge of the paper) instead of setting the border line length and width. (more…)

July 25, 2006 at 9:17 am 1 comment

Think 3D

I have been teaching Autodesk Inventor for several months already and I have made a lot of observations especially with AutoCAD users moving to Autodesk Inventor.

Confused with a Production Drawing and a 3D model
Yes, there are some who would think that they are creating orthographic views in the 2D sketch mode of the Part Environment. Think of this, we first need a 2D sketch before we could create a 3D model.

Can I change my Dimension Style?
This question was asked to me when we were doing exercises in the 2D sketch mode under the part environment. Certainly, my answer was “Remember, we are doing parametric modeling. The color of the dimension line and its placement is not important in a 3D model. What’s more important is the value of the dimensions”.

July 21, 2006 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Frame Generator R11 Customization

Sean Dotson recently updated his tutorial for R11 customization. Before, I tried my hands on customizing the Frame Generator for Autodesk Inventor 11 since I would want to have my own custom profiles within the database. That was relatively easy for R10 since all I have to do is to edit the database file. But with R11, it’s different. In R11, I still need to customize the LocalizationXML.xml file.

Try to open the Custom.mdb in MS Access, I will then show you how to associate the MS Access file and the XML file.

1. Open the cable_channel table in MS Access.
2. Refer to the columns CODE and DESIGNATION.
3. Open the LocalizationXML.xml in an XML editor, but be sure that the file is not a read-only file since you won’t be able to apply the changes after editing.
4. Then, copy this code below and paste it just before the ProfileNames tag which can be found at the end of the page.

Take note that this is enclosed in greater than and less than symbols.

InternalName = “Custom”
DisplayName = “Custom”

DisplayName is what you want to see on the Insert dialog box. It belongs to the Standard drop down box.

InternalName = “cable_channel”
DisplayName = “Cable Channel”

InternalName refers to the table name inside the Custom.mdb which is cable_channel. DisplayName is what will appear on the Profile Type drop down box.

InternalName = “CC_80-30-10”
CommaVersion = “80x30x10”
PeriodVersion = “80x30x10”

As for the Designation, when you look at the MS Access database, InternalName refers to the CODE column. CommaVersion and PeriodVersion refers to the Designation. This tag refers to the size of that particular profile.

Now that you have an understanding of the relationship of the XML file with the MS Access database file. You can now start creating your custom profiles! 🙂

July 12, 2006 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

iParts and Publish to Content Center

You have your own set of standard parts and you just use the Place component tool.

It’s taking you time to find the components that you need which gives you another requirement and that is having a database like mind with thumbnails and all the other exact details.

For example, you have a screw and you use varying lengths of that screw. What you could do is just to create an iPart of that screw and then publish it via Content Center using the Publish Part functionality.

Publish Part
Publish guide

However, do not forget to create a new library using the Vault Manager so that you can add the library (read/write) using the Configure Content Center Libraries for your Project Settings. Create your own categories using the Content Center Editor which is accessible inside Autodesk Inventor.

July 12, 2006 at 7:34 am 2 comments

Using One Project File

You use multiple project files.

Using multiple project files or creating additional project files creates an additional work which is setting the properties of the project files. In addition to that, your project workspace becomes cluttered.

Use only one project file. Standardize project settings. Create a folder for each project (not an Inventor project file) and create frequently used subfolders for it.

July 12, 2006 at 7:21 am Leave a comment

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