Revit Interoperability has been part of Autodesk Inventor for some time now, but the newest version of Inventor, Inventor 2014, has upped the ante a bit by adding tools to simplify parts and assemblies for export, as well as the ability to export your models directly into Revit format!
I worked with this during the beta testing, but that is never quite like the shipped product –and you are sworn to secrecy. So I will be running some tests and posting the findings online as soon as I am done with the yearly task of creating inventor video tutorial lessons for another Autodesk Developer –which has me swamped at the moment.
For now, I did a quick export of a cabinet to Revit to show some of the screens. This first one is of an already simplified cabinet in the Export Building Components environment, where the cabinet is classified and data is filled out. Most of the data can be automated, which I will be working on…
I’ve just posted the second video in a series of videos about our Cabinet Configurator Package showing the placement of the Cabinet Configurators within the previously placed job model. The blog post will follow on the ADI site in a few days. Enjoy…
Break out the champagne! The status of the Solid Body-Palooza solid body workflow enhancements status has been changed to accepted! I couldn’t find a legend on the IdeaStation where it describes what the different statuses mean, but I would take “accepted” to mean that we will see some fan-damn-tastic new solid body functionality in Autodesk Inventor 2015! This is great news for anyone who has learned by following the tutorials here because pretty much everything here is based on a solid body workflows.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote! I’ll put create some new tutorials for the features as soon as they are available (a little over a year is a good guess). Stay tuned.
Although the voting has not quite met the two million ‘Kudos‘ I was shooting for, (yet), the campaign to get Autodesk to do SOMETHING to improve the multi-solid body workflow has taken a turn for the better! The status of the ‘Idea’ has made it to the “Under Review” level, which, and I’m going to go out on a limb here, means the idea is under review. Possibly by a human.
If you haven’t already given this idea the thumbs-up, please do so. If improvements to the workflow are indeed made, I will create a Blogtorial that highlights them. Until then, please use the drop-down links on the right to take advantage the existing blogtorials, all of which use multi-solid body workflows.
The iLogic code for what we need to do in today’s post in this Blogtorial Series is relatively simple. The code will use the state of the Multi-Value parameter Intermediate_Rail_Count count to suppress or unsuppress the features that make up the solid bodies that represent the rails of our face frame.
In the iLogic browser, Double-click on the Main Rule. We have already used this parameter to define the spacing of the sketch geometry, so some of the work is done already. All we need to do is add the suppression information to the If, Else If statements already present.
So-far, each rail is comprised of two features. Because Inventor does not allow the suppression of an entire Solid Body, we will need to suppress both features for each solid. If any more features are added or subtracted later, we will need to include/exclude them from the code as well or we will get an error.