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Installing Your Brand New 2016 Autodesk Suite

by Jonathan Landeros on Jun 22, 2015

A few weekends ago, while performing my usual weekend tasks, I installed my brand new 2016 Autodesk Suite. In my case, Factory Design Suite.

It takes a little while. So what it really took was a few minutes of vigorous typing and clicking, followed by letting my laptop be as it chugged along.

This time, I had the foresight to record my steps so I could share them with you. And while there are several options you can use to install your Autodesk Suite, here are the typical steps you'll see in your install.

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Topics: v2016, Installation, Autodesk FDSU

System Variable Monitor - New in Autodesk AutoCAD 2016

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Jun 10, 2015

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.

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Topics: New Features, v2016, Autodesk AutoCAD

Free Your CAD and the Rest Will Follow

by Denee Busby on Jun 9, 2015

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.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, New Features, v2016, AnyCAD

Autodesk Inventor 2016 - The "What's New" Trailers

by Jonathan Landeros on Jun 4, 2015

I've been out of the office quite a bit the last few weeks. And while it's good to be busy, it has put a hold on my video creation schedule.

But as was said in the song, "we get by with a little help from our friends".

So with the help of the KETIV Technologies team, I have been able to lend my voice to a few what's new videos for Inventor 2016.

They're what I'd call "previews", but they do give you an idea of what some of the new capabilities are! 
I've included them below! And I'm still planning on creating more posts! Just give me a little time! 

But take a look at these videos for a tour of what's new in the latest release of Inventor! 

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, v2016

Configure Open File Behaviors - New in Autodesk Vault 2016

by Jonathan D. Kriek on May 29, 2015

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.

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Topics: New Features, v2016, Autodesk Vault

Springtime Changes! Upgrading to Autodesk Vault 2016

by Jonathan Landeros on May 26, 2015

It's time to start my springtime upgrade to my Autodesk 2016 based products. And I've decided to share my upgrade process again. I hope that this helps you along your way as you consider your own upgrades.

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Topics: v2016, Autodesk Vault

Automatic Material Thickness Detection in Sheet Metal - New in Autodesk Inventor 2016

by Jonathan Landeros on May 15, 2015

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.

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, New Features, v2016

Roll Back File Lifecycle State in Autodesk Vault 2016

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Apr 27, 2015


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.

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Topics: New Features, v2016, Autodesk Vault

NEW! Transparent Parts in Inventor 2016 Drawings

by Jonathan Landeros on Apr 23, 2015


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. 

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, New Features, v2016

Copy Parameters to User Parameters Quickly with Autodesk Inventor 2016

by Jonathan D. Kriek on Apr 16, 2015


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!

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Topics: Autodesk Inventor, New Features, v2016

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