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AutoCAD: Hit Me With Your Flatshot

by Fred Ortiz on Feb 12, 2016

As KETIV's resident AutoCAD certified instructor and our AutoCAD support point of contact, I've pretty much seen it all when it comes to using and supporting the software. I'm sure power users like yourselves feel the same way, but there's always that one command that you've just never heard of or used.

That one command is called "Flatshot". Flatshot allows you to capture a 2D isometric view from a 3D solid model in AutoCAD. I know, I know, this command has been around for almost a decade, but it's one of those AutoCAD commands that most users have never heard of.

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Topics: v2016, Autodesk AutoCAD, 3D Visualization, Tech Tips, Flatshot

How to Download and Install Inventor 2016 R2/R3

by Bryce Ochoa on Feb 4, 2016

Nobody likes to be left out, right? This is especially true when it comes to having the latest technology. We've been talking a lot about what's new in the Inventor 2016 R2 and R3 updates, but what we haven't covered is how or where to go to download them. So let's go over two options for downloading and installing these recent updates.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, v2016, v2016R2, Tech Tips, v2016R3

The Year in Review: Top 5 Posts From 2015

by Eric Paul on Jan 15, 2016

Now that 2015 has come and gone let's take a look back before we break in the new year. We've covered all the new features from the 2016 Autodesk lineup, talked about the state of manufacturing, the future of 3d printing, and of course, tips and tricks to help get you faster at day to day operations. We've put together our top 5 posts.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, Side Note, Future of Making Things, Autodesk Revit, v2016, Autodesk Vault, Autodesk AutoCAD, BIM, Joints, Joint Function

Generating Cams Inside of Inventor 2016

by Bryce Ochoa on Dec 22, 2015

What is the easiest way to create a simple cam in Inventor? Your first response might be: “Just create a sketch outline of the cam using the Spline function and then extrude.” It makes sense right? The problem with the Spline method however, is it has a tendency to not create one continuous smooth edge and create a break in the face of the edge. This can lead to the follower not behaving correctly.

A better solution is the Disc Cam Generator which creates a fully functioning cam for you in the assembly model along with a separate part file for the cam. 

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, v2016, Cam, Disc Cam, Disc Cam Generator

An Introduction to Inventor Joints

by Bryce Ochoa on Nov 19, 2015

Challenge:

I have too many constraints (relationships) in my assembly, how can I streamline my assembly and lower the amount of relationships I have?

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, v2016, Tech Tips, Joints

Defragging Autodesk Vault Using a Script

by Jonathan Landeros on Aug 28, 2015

It's been a little while since I've been able to dig into Autodesk Vault, but just this week, I had to locate a script to defragment the Vault database.

The reason for a defragment is to make sure Vault performance doesn't degrade when making database queries. For those of us not intimate with SQL, those are Vault Searches.

A manual defrag can be kicked off from the ADMS Console on your server at any time. All you have to do is right click on the database you want to defrag, and choose "Defragment Database".

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Topics: Automation, v2016, Autodesk Vault

Restoring AutoCAD Classic Workspace in AutoCAD 2015 and Beyond

by Rich Sanchez on Jul 30, 2015

Everyone knows and loves the AutoCAD Classic Workspace, for most of us its how we learned, it's familiar and comforting. All of the tools that I need are right where I expect them to be, until of course Autodesk decides that I love the ribbon and no longer need my classic toolbars. This is exaclty what happened starting with the 2015 release, the Classic Workspace option was removed from the program.

But what if I don't love the ribbon? How can I get my Classic Workspace back? This is one of the most common questions I get and the good news is that we can fairly quickly and easily bring back the interface that you're used to.

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Topics: v2016, v2015, Autodesk AutoCAD, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical

Updating Custom Content to Autodesk Inventor 2016 From a Previous Version

by Jonathan Landeros on Jul 27, 2015

If you've created your own content in Inventor's content center, you'll have to update it when you move to your next version of Inventor. Fortunately, this isn't really that difficult, but it's good to know the steps.

So in the interest of sharing, here are the steps that I used to update my own content center from Inventor 2015 to Inventor 2016.

In my setup, I'm using Desktop Content Libraries, which means they're not stored in Vault. These libraries are databases stored on my local drive. These steps are particular to that setup.

Also, I've already copied the files to their new locations. So really all that's left to do is update the libraries. This will make sure they're ready to be used by Inventor 2016.

Without further delay here's how I did it. I hope this can help you too!

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, v2016, Manufacturing

Creating a Rivet Hole Chart in Autodesk Inventor

by Jonathan Landeros on Jul 14, 2015

In my adventures taking aircraft maintenance classes at Mount San Antonio College, I've learned a lot of things. Not the least of which, is how much I have to learn!

Another piece of knowledge I'm grateful for, is how to drive and set solid rivets. I'm not the best at it, but I can do it, and practice will make me better.

One thing about riveting has been indelibly etched in my brain. Rivets require precise holes to be properly fitted. So much so, that a rivet is often referred to by the drill used to make the hole it fits in.

For example, a "30" rivet is a 1/8 diameter rivet, and uses a #30 drill for it's pilot. A "40" rivet is 3/32 in diameter, and uses a #40 drill for it's pilot.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, v2016, Rivets

A360 Collaboration for Revit (C4R) - Get Your Head In the Cloud!

by Fred Ortiz on Jun 29, 2015

Collaboration and communication while working on a Revit project can be troublesome for an AEC consultant. Having worked for an MEP firm in the past, network worksharing off a localized central Revit model was the norm, which meant designing from an outdated architectural model and creating a clash detection disaster.

There was a mechanical guy routing ductwork and placing diffusers, a plumbing guy routing piping and placing sprinklers, then there was me placing receptacles, light fixtures and routing conduit. When changes were made to our designs, communicating these changes typically wasn’t accomplished until right before we had to submit our model to the architect.

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Topics: Autodesk Revit, v2016, v2015, Autodesk A360 C4R, Autodesk Collaboration for Revit, Autodesk C4R

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