A long time ago, in a college not so far away (Cal Poly Pomona to be exact), I found an urge to want to split myself in two. The fun side of Jorge would be able to go out with friends and the responsible side could focus on studying, homework, classes, and work.
Lately, I find myself trying to figure out a way to duplicate myself again. However, it’s so I can take on more work. Not so long ago, the industry found itself trying to figure out how to do more with less. Now, we want to do more with what we have. I’m here to tell you, through Inventor’s iLogic tool, we can!
As technology changes and customer demand for tailored services and solutions grow, it becomes more difficult to adapt without automating or making changes to better tend to customer needs. This is the issue I’ve heard brought up with a large segment of our customers.
iLogic is the answer to our prayers. And iLogic is available to anyone who has taken an intro programming class or something similar from the web. With this basic knowledge, you can use iLogic to create rules to automate, standardize, and configure your designs.
iLogic Workshop with Tom Fitzgerald
On Wednesday, March 29th, we had the pleasure of hosting Autodesk Senior Implementation Consultant and iLogic expert, Thomas Fitzgerald, for an in-person workshop on design automation using iLogic. The intention of the class was to inform and educate the community on what tools to use and how to perform both basic tasks and advanced usage.
In talking with Tom, we decided to put together the 3 most important things to take away from the workshop – whether you attended or not.
1. iLogic is for Everybody
Whether you’re a small or large organization, iLogic will give you the ability to make your processes and workflows more consistent by implementing template-based logic. This helps companies in need of a more robust design automation process.
A common misconception is that the level of automation is dependent on company size or user count. When it comes to this, the only factor to consider is how many team members will have more hours to dedicate to new products or making sure quality is not sacrificed to get a product out the door.
Typical Cases for iLogic:
- Configure your product using a dialog box
- Design consistency
- Drawing Automation
- Online configurator for your internal sales team
2. You Don’t Need to Be a Coder
Even though iLogic uses the VB.Net code language, the interface allows for beginners to understand and use the functionality without having a Computer Science degree. Does it help if you’re a coder?
You may want to brush up on best practices for the following:
Looping – Allows you to run one or more lines of code repetitively
Try and Catch – Provides a way to handle some or all possible errors that may occur in a given block of code, while still running code
These can definitely come in handy. But don’t worry if you are not familiar with these terms. You can learn these pretty quickly.
3. Learn Inventor!
Without a solid understanding of Inventor, learning iLogic will undoubtedly be challenging. iLogic allows users to work Inventor through automation. Without an understanding of the “how” and “why” with Inventor, iLogic can become frustrating and confusing. Practice using Inventor, pursue professional training, and consult with your CAD Manager or Reseller for additional learning opportunities such as Autodesk Virtual Academy.
iLogic isn’t new. It’s been helping the Autodesk manufacturing community make their design processes more efficient and has helped us adapt to the evolving demand we’re experiencing. Instead of hoping you can split yourself into two, do yourself a favor and embrace the trend.
Learn how Mark at Enviroguard uses iLogic to streamline his team's workflow.
Now that you know three important takeaways from the workshop, you're likely ready to jump into using the tool. We've put together a list of resources and a case study on how Vent-a-Hood uses iLogic and Configurator 360 to automate their sales process. Fill out the form below to access these materials.