David Edward Gaskill sent in a long list of small Autodesk Inventor tools, techniques, and shortcuts that he likes to use.
- "Double-click an arrowhead node to change the arrow style.
- Associative Array must be a pattern in the part.
- Shrinkwrap is similar to Derived Components, but leverages LOD (level of detail).
- Right-click a feature and select Show Dimensions.
- Application options:
-- Edit dimensions when created, check box
-- Look at sketch plane on sketch creation
-- Auto-project edges for sketch creation and edit.
- Adding parameters on the fly: Dia1=10mm, this adds the parameter as well as setting the dimension.
- To switch from a line to an arc, scrub an endpoint while holding the left mouse button.
- Right-click Dimension, then choose Copy Properties.
- To align text, first select the text, then right-click (works for balloons also).
- Extrude a surface and add thickness to make it a solid.
- Link LOD (level of detail); LOD must have the same name in all assemblies for this to work.
- Ground and Root are assembly tools for use with skeletal modeling."
Notes from Cadalyst Tip Reviewer Brian Benton: That’s quite a list! Try these various tools and techniques the next time you're working with Inventor.