Have you ever found yourself working with a product only to be frustrated by a function or, more often, a function that doesn’t exist? For nearly every product, there’s always room for improvement and the best ideas typically come through everyday use. Autodesk is a company that is aware of their constant need to grow and improve. We see these improvements in the form of hotfixes, service packs, or even their yearly releases of their products. But have you ever wondered where they get the ideas for these improvements? Of course many of them come internally from within Autodesk and others come from bug reports, but there’s a small community, not exclusive to Autodesk Employees, where ideas for improvement can be shared as hopeful future implementations.
Have you ever executed a "file open" within AutoCAD and been surprised that it's now prompting you on the command line instead of displaying the open file dialog? I can sense you nodding your head =)
Most of you know it's the FILEDIA system variable that's responsible for this and you change it back to "1", right? That seems like a simple fix that also applies to other system variables in AutoCAD.
With Autodesk AutoCAD 2016's new "Sysvar Monitor" (System Variable Monitor) you can configure your software to be able to monitor those changes and reset them as needed.
Collaboration! It’s real and it’s now. There are organizations out there who have defined and etched out a specific and complex product development process. They have incorporated collaboration pertaining to data management and lifecycle management, however the design factor has continued to be a puzzle, “Do you use universal file formats? IGES? STEP? Parasolid?” There are pluses and minuses to each, the question lingers on … until now.
A fair amount of users most likely have more than a couple versions of AutoCAD and/or Inventor installed on their system. This may be due to testing the latest version, while production requires the previous or having other business system requirements that force them to retain an older version.
My reasons are simple - providing all inclusive support to our customers by being able to troubleshoot multiple versions simultaneously. But regardless of why the fact remains that by default until now Autodesk Vault used MS Windows settings for determining which [version of a] program to open for a given file type (except 2015R2 for subscription customers which includes some early 2016 functionality).
Autodesk Vault 2016 now gives you greater flexibility in choosing which version of your Autodesk software to open.
Having returned from a trip to Arizona, I felt it was time to walk a bit more deeply into one of Inventor 2016's new features.
And I'm going to choose the automatic thickness detection in sheet metal.
In short, when converting a model to sheet metal, Inventor 2016 automatically detects the material thickness, versus the "measure and copy" method of previous Inventor versions. Check at the bottom of this post for the video version of this blog, or just keep on reading for the text version!
The process starts out with a part in the Inventor part modeling environment. In my test, I used a base solid, as you might see in an imported file. It's currently a "standard" Inventor part, and hasn't been turned into a sheet metal component.
Back in January of this year I received an email from KETIV's Mike Carlson (who was in the Vault 2016 Beta) saying:
"You can roll back a revision!"
We both got pretty excited to say the least and I immediately jumped in the beta to see it, but now I am pleased to confirm with the official release that Autodesk has indeed made it possible. By rolling back the lifecycle you effectively roll back the revision of the file as well - with a few rules of course.
This weekend, I finally had an opportunity to start truly testing out my new install of Autodesk Inventor 2016.
And there is a ton of new features out there. A great list was compiled by Design and Motion in their post here.
But in my post here, I thought I'd delve into just one of the features a little more deeply.
The feature I chose first was creating transparent parts in a drawing.
Inventor 2016 has a host of amazing new features and improvements (387 to be exact), but often some of the most useful additions are overlooked due to thier small scope. Today we'll look at one feature that you asked for and has finally been added to Inventor!