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Technical Notes Workaround
Tip# 4546 By Huib Eggen On 28-Sep-2015
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Categories : Notes/Text
Software type : Inventor
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This tip describes a workaround to create technical notes in Autodesk Inventor.

To produce notes on drawing is often a tedious job that includes placing similar texts on drawings. This job can be done a lot more efficient by using a library of some sort. There are of course several options:

  1. Creating Blocks under the drawing resources so engineers can place them from there.
  2. Creating a central text document where the most common notes can be found.

Figure 0.1 creating a library in the template can be hard to manage and increases the size of each drawing.

However there are some symbols that cannot be places by either one of these methods. The symbols I am talking about are of course the symbols that define the roughness and the feature control.

Figure 0.2 Roughness and Feature Control symbols

There is a hidden tool available in Inventor under the ESKD plugin (GOST annotations) called Technical Requirements. This tool allows users to create these specific notes with the appropriate symbols. And maybe even more important — it allows users to create a library. This library is then stored in the Design Data folder.

However the tool is only available when this plugin is activated. This means that those of us that do not use GOST standards would need to turn the plug-in off and on.

This, of course, eliminates the efficiency that can be gained from this tool. This is where the macro that can be found in the link below comes in to play. The macro allows you to create a button to activate the Technical Requirements tool and then close it without having the ESKD plugin active all the time.

To apply the code to your Inventor installation:

Go to the VBA Editor (Tools Tab / Options Panel):

Create a new module (right-click / Insert / Module):

Rename the module by editing the properties:

Insert the VBA code in the module:

You can find the code at: http://hoppend.nl/Technical_notes_VBA.txt

Save your project and close the VBA editor.

Open a drawing.

Right-click on a panel in the Annotation tab and click Customize User Commands.

Find macros in the dropdown: Choose commands from

Add the macro to the Ribbon tab of your liking:

Here's a video of this tip.


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