This is the third post in the series of four posts I am creating to talk about the enhancements in Inventor 2016. To view my first two posts, please use the following link:
The following are some of the “main enhancements” in the Assembly environment of Autodesk Inventor 2016.
Drawing View Generation Enhancement: The entire process of generating drawing views has been enhanced in Inventor 2016. The first thing you will notice is the Drawing View dialog box is a lot refined now, as shown below. The entire area that had various view orientations has been removed. Instead, a ViewCube is displayed on the drawing view for you to select the view orientation, as shown below. You can also right-click on the ViewCube and select Custom View Orientation to display the custom orientation environment, similar to the previous releases.
Generating Projected Views: Similar to the previous releases, while generating the base view, you can move the cursor to generate additional projected views, as shown below. During this process, if you change the orientation of the base view using the ViewCube, the orientation of projected views will change automatically as well. To move the views during the creation process, simply move the cursor over the bounding box of the views and drag.
Direct Interaction Tools While Generating Base Views: While generating base views, there are direct interaction tools available on the base view, as shown below. The following is the explanation of these interaction tools:
• Arrows on the Edges: Click on the arrows on the edges of the base view to generate orthographic views.
• Arrows on the Corners: Click on the arrows on the corners of the base view to generate isometric views.
• Green View Corners: Press and drag the Green view corners to change the scale from one standard scale to the next. Press and hold down the CTRL key and drag to freely change the scale to a random scale.
Generate Drawings from Part, Assembly, or Presentation File: This definitely has to be one of the coolest features of Inventor 2016. You can now right-click on the name of the part, assembly, or presentation file and select Create Drawing View to automatically generate the drawing views of that file, as shown below. Note that you will first be prompted to select the drawing template. Once you have selected the template, the Base View tool will be automatically activated and you will be able to generate the base view and projected views.
Initial View Scale Added to the Titleblock: There is a new Sheet Property available now called Initial View Scale, as shown below, that can be added to your custom titleblock to add the scale of your first view automatically. This is added out of box in the default titleblocks.
Centralized Sketch Symbol Library: With the installation of Inventor 2016, a new folder, called Symbol Library, is created inside the Design Data folder. This folder is a central repository of your sketch symbol library and its location can be controlled using the Application Options > Files tab. The following is the workflow for saving symbols in the symbol library.
• Create sketch symbols or open a file with sketch symbols already created.
• In the browser, right-click on the Sketch Symbols folder and select Save All to Symbol Library; the Save to Symbol Library dialog box is displayed.
• Click the Create a new library button at the bottom to create a new library file. You can also create a folder to save the library file by clicking on the Create a new folder button.
• Select the library file into which you want to save the symbols and click Save, as shown below.
• To insert the sketched symbol in a new file, right-click on the Sketch Symbol folder and click Insert. From the Sketch Symbol dialog box, select the sketch symbol to insert from the symbol library, as shown below.
Sketched Symbols as Balloons: Bringing Inventor in line with AutoCAD, we now have the option of using the sketch symbol as balloon in Inventor. While defining your balloon standards, click the User-Defined Symbol button and then select the symbol from the list, as shown below:
Leader Text: While writing the leader text, you will be able to create multiple leader segments by default. If you need to create a single segment leader, invoke the Leader Text command and then right-click and select Single-segment leader from the shortcut menu, as shown below:
More enhancements available on the What’s New page of Inventor 2016