Inventor 2016 What’s New: Documenting an Assembly

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Many of you are probably wondering what I’m going on about, you have always been able to document your assemblies in Inventor. Yes, true, but in 2016 what they have done is completely stream line the entire process and made it somewhat kick ass.

So just to make this clear the process I’m going to follow, works the same for documenting all Parts, Assemblies and Presentations in Inventor. The process you follow are pretty much the same so don’t stress, things won’t change too much.

I’m going to just use a simple assembly, but will go through as many of the functions as possible. The functions available have not necessarily changed, but the process on placing your base views have, and it’s a great improvement in my opinion.

The Assembly I’m going to work with is as follows:

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To create my drawing, what I’m going to do is show you another method of creating a drawing straight from the assembly file (works the same for part file).

In the model browser, right click on the assembly and say “Create Drawing View”.

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A drawing template window will open, then select either IDW or DWG or whichever template you want to use.

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I’m going to use the Standard.idw.

The Drawing file will open, however you will notice that it will go straight into placing the drawing view. The Preview that is shown is that of the assembly at the moment you clicked to create the drawing view.

The following window is how our screen will look as follows.

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You will notice that the Drawing View window (In red) has completely changed and looks a lot smaller. Also you will see the Base View Model Preview (In Blue) has changed as will. I will go through each one in more detail as we go.

To start I will go through the Drawing View window first (in Red).

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This window has been simplified and the workflow dramatically improved.

The Representations section enables you to control which view Rep, Positional Rep and which level of detail you want your base view to be in.

The Style section enables you to select between showing hidden lines and removing hidden lines, and then also if you want the view to be shaded or not. The shaded option will shade with hidden lines and without hidden lines. Depends which one you specify. The label can also be set as well as the scale. The scale can also now be modified directly from the model preview, which I will explain in a bit.

The other two tabs consist of the information as follows.

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Now for the interesting part, the Model Preview.

The model preview that is displayed you will notice is very different from the previous versions of inventor. They really have done some wonderful improvements here. You will notice that the Inventor view cube is now just off the top right of the preview. This is a great improvement, you will see the model orientation is the same as the orientation of the view cube.

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The view cube is now available for you to be able to correctly and accurately get the orientation you require. the view cube works the exact same way as in all other Inventor Files. The following set of images are different views changed by manipulating the view cube.

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You will notice that the window around the part itself has changed as well. There are now more arrows added to the window.

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These arrows have different colours depending on their location. There are Green and Grey.

The Green Arrows – These are used to scale the view by clicking and dragging outward. The model will jump in set increments of scale.

The Grey Arrows – These are used to project views from the base view. You simply click the arrow and it places the view a fixed distance from the vase view. These views can be repositioned by dragging them.

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The project view that gets created can also be easily removed if you place it by accident, it can be removed by clicking the cross on the view as below.

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Projected views can also be manually placed by hovering the mouse where you want to place the view, Inventor then picks up what view needs to be placed and creates the correct projection, as in the past. This method lets you place the view any distance from the base view.

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Once you have your preview projected views including your preview base view isometric view, when you change the orientation of the preview base view, the preview projected views will update accordingly.


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Once you have all your views and orientations correct and where you would like them , hit ok on the “Drawing View” window to place the views.

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Once the views have been placed, editing them is exactly the same as previously. All the other aspects have pretty much stayed the same, except for a few improvements in a few features.

Hope you guys found this useful.