This new Inventor 2013 feature, Create New File Dialog Box, will be about as exciting as watching paint dry for some, but if you have a busy company with lots of clients, or, if you would like to automate a lot of the daily design grind, then this may be of interest to you. I wouldn’t really call this feature new –it’s more of a huge improvement on an old one.
This new(ish) for Inventor 2013 feature takes the old, mildly modified stock Windows File Open dialog box (shown below), and adds some new features that allow for far better template management –especially if you have bazillions of them. The video also shows the updated version of the trick to create new custom tabs on the old dialog box. It does something similar in Inventor 2013, only better…
As stated in my Unveiled! Post, I will post at least twice per week about a new Autodesk Inventor 2013 feature until I’ve run through the entire list. When I run out of new features, I’ll start going through the veteran features until the next version of Inventor is released.
This will create a handy way to easily find out what specific features do, and allow for commentary on the plusses and minuses of each feature, and allow for people to describe their own workflows for the feature in question. At the very least, it will be very helpful to the struggling noob
As each feature post is published, it is automatically added to the list is over to the right. Enjoy.
In this, the first Inventor Tutorial in the Automated Cabinetry Configurator Blogtorial Series, we will begin with the creation of the Layout Part’s elevation sketch –but before we do that, I should briefly explain how our model will relate to the 3D space we will be modeling in.
Inventor uses a Right Handed Cartesian coordinate system, whereby your base plane is XY with the Y axis pointing up towards the top of your monitor, the X axis pointing to the right, and the Z axis pointing out of the computer monitor towards you. The model would come out the same no matter which coordinate system is used, but we need to stay on the same page if you want to end up with a working model at the end of this blogtorial.
In the video below I will go through the steps of starting the first sketch in the Layout Part. This part will control the size and location of everything in this model…
I guess there must be a new Inventor 2013 feature here, but I can’t seem to find it. The info in the box below is from the “What’s New” sheet, but for the life of me, I don’t see anything new –except that the Help and Tutorials and Help were updated for the new Inventor 2013 version.
At any rate…. I have created hopefully helpful information below for those of you who have never downloaded and installed Inventor Help or Tutorial files. I recommend that you download and install the offline help files if nothing else…
Autodesk Inventor 2013 is hot off the presses, and the ODP will be featuring a mini-post series that will describe them in-depth. The good, the bad, and the ugly –we’ll show them all. Some will be in normal post fashion, and some will include video to better show the new functionality.
The new feature count for Autodesk Inventor 2013 is about 82 (I haven’t counted features only available in ‘Professional’ version or that are merely informational). The sketching environment received twice as many new features as any other environment, which I appreciate greatly. We will be in the sketch environment quite a bit in the Automated Cabinetry Blogtorial that will begins this Thursday (03-29-12) where we will be making the Layout Part –which also serves as the rigging for the modular components. There’ll be lot of sketching in that part by the time it’s complete!
I will be posting a little mini review of every single new feature over the coming months –some of which will be quite scintillating, and some of which will be as boring as watching grass grow. It’s all in what you do. If you model in a bottom up fashion (still), the assembly features (4) will be of utmost interest (yawn). If you are like me and model using a top down strategy, then you’re in luck. Between Sketching and Parts which dominate the Layout Part modeling schema, there are 36 new features –24 and 12 respectively.
Not to worry though……every new feature will be given it’s due respect. So without further ado, here is the list of New Inventor Features for 2013:
I’ve tried a couple times to add a forum to this blog, but they were always on the buggy side, or would blow the site’s formatting up. But I think I have finally found one that will do the trick. It is located at the link above, and should be used for anything that doesn’t fit in the comment section below every post.
Let me know in the General > Whatever section what groups and (like General) and Forums (like Whatever) you would like, and I’ll add them ASAP. I will be adding some of my own accord as well so hopefully we’ll wind up with a well rounded list. We are also looking for moderators who can spend a little time daily doing moderator stuff. If you have posted in the comments before today and wish to take on the task, just send me an email and let me know you’re interested.
There will be a very interesting post early tomorrow about Inventor 2013 so stay tuned…