from Civil to Inventor

The Autodesk enthusiast exile

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I am hosting my own site and blog now.  It has been my desire to create a site that has better content, news, information and benefit to the Autodesk Design and Manufacturing community.  More storage and flexibility was required.  This site will be discontinued over time.

The new Blog “Design and Motion” can be found here:

http://designandmotion.net/blog

The main site will be developed as time progresses

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March 11, 2010 Posted by | AUGI, Autodesk | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inventor – Creative Design With Autodesk Inventor 2010/2011™

image I am very pleased to announce that I am working with Dennis Jeffrey at Tekni!

He has assembled a team of experts to create the new Web Based training series titled Creative Design with Autodesk Inventor 2010.  Many training programs just ‘throw the information at you’; we (authors)  don’t want a repeat of the status quo, non-intuitive and inflexible methods sometimes employed.  We are developing a complete training course focused on real world application, and a start to finish methodology.

The Creative Series is designed to give the student a better sense of direction and confidence. Students work at their own pace and receive mentoring when needed.  Furthermore we have spent a great deal of time focusing the lessons around solid ‘real world’ design practice. Details, notes, and exercises detail why certain steps are counter-productive, and what can be done to create more efficient and flexible designs.  As the students move from one lesson to the next, they will have developed an awareness of some things that could go wrong in the current lesson, and are conscious of these while studying the steps.  This allows the student to gain more self-confidence as they verify that their cultivated concerns were substantiated. 

While nothing can replace real world practice, this course was designed to put the student a step ahead of the basic (and some advanced) problems that traditional lessons can’t identify.  The result is with designers and engineers that have more self confidence about applying solid design practice in their workplace, what to do when something does go wrong, and how to use that knowledge in an adaptive way at your company.

Tekni web site

I have spent numerous days on each of my segments in the series, going through each portion and applying the lesson to the examples provided.  I focused my troubleshooting skills on creating powerful examples that work well and are easily adaptable.  Bulleted lists of commonly known issues and new insights are furnished in the lesson so that the student gets the benefit of past and present research and adaptations.

The Creative Design series is scheduled to be available by the end of 2009, but we will begin releasing packaged segments earlier.  Check in with us in the mean time as things become available.

September 30, 2009 Posted by | 2010, Autodesk, Inventor | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Civil 3D – 2010 Publish DWF

I have always been a huge fan of DWF publishing.  I found a few new things, and thought I’d make a few notes.

Batch Plot

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Selecting Batch Plot activates the publish dialog, and feeds it all the current drawings that are open.  You get same publishing interface as the ‘Select Tabs, right click and publish’ that we were used to, but here you are not limited to selected layouts.

Publish

The publishing is similar to the previous version, however there are a few differences.

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April 30, 2009 Posted by | 2010, Publish | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Inventor 2010 – Here we go!

Ok, Autodesk has ripped the tape off of everyone’s mouth about Manufacturing today!  So I can tap dance around and yell 2010 all I want to now.

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My associates at IMAGINiT beat me to the information, so let me highlight some of the features in their article.

Plastic Parts Handling

  • Plastic Parts design has been expanded to include Drag and Drop surface models from Alias
  • Move Bodies command creating editable accurate multi part moves
  • Updated Derive Command
  • 3D Sketch Silhouette curve (Example used was parting lines)
  • Multi element Grille openings, Bosses, Rests, Hook and Loop Snap Fits, and…
  • Rule Based Fillets

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February 18, 2009 Posted by | 2010 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment