Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Inventor 2013 Update 1

Update 1 for Inventor 2013 SP1.1 has just been released. Please review the readme for a list of problem updates.

Download Update 1

Friday, 26 October 2012

Inventor 3D Content

Don't forget that you have 1000s of 3D Inventor models available to you online!

Either select SUPPLIER CONTENT from the MANAGE ribbon from within Inventor or click here.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Remote control of Showcase 2013 from iPad etc

The images below show an example Showcase Custom User interface driven by a HTML Custom User interface.

HTML Web interface                                     Showcase and in UI HTML interface                               

Showcase has a simple web server built into it. This built-in Web server allows you to create compelling graphical applications or simple text interfaces that can drive Showcase from any device that can run a Web browser and connect to a computer running Showcase. e.g. iPad, Blackberry, Android Tablet, etc.

Possible uses include trade shows, marketing kiosks, company reception areas.

Try it yourself with the simple cotrols that are installed with Showcase. Open the sample car "Technicon" in Showcase. On the same machine, open a web  browser and goto http://localhost:5555/

Alternatively from Google Chrome on a tablet, navigate to http://x.x.x.x:5555/

Where x.x.x.x is the IP address of the machine running Showcase.


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Autodesk Labs - Simulation Mechanical

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Project Hydra for Simulation Mechanical or Multiphysics
Try improvements to the Parametric Design Studies (PDS) feature, importing temperatures from Autodesk CFD (formerly known as CFdesign®), new fast Subspace with AMG solution of dynamics analyses, inquiry of results by part, improvements to the Drop Test Wizard (DTW) feature, and rerelease of the GPU-enabled AMG Solver (AMG-MF) in Autodesk® Simulation® Multiphysics 2013 and Autodesk® Simulation® Mechanical 2013 software.

Friday, 14 September 2012

The September App of the Month: iViews!

Envisage are proud to have one of their Inventor Apps listed as "The September App of the Month: iViews!" on the Autodesk Inventor Facebook page.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Augmented Reality for Showcase 2013

Those of you with Product Design Suite 2013 will have Showcase.

Take a look at this plug-in for showcase 2013 - It's amazing!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Turn ON/OFF all Inventor Work Features at a touch of a button

How many times have you added a new work feature to Inventor and all of a sudden dozens of others are displayed again, just after you have turned them OFF from the VIEW ribbon?
At last I've got around to documenting this really useful feature. I programme the # key to toggle the display of all work features.

Run up Inventor, go to TOOLS/CUSTOMIZE and select the KEYBOARD tab. Find "All Work Features" from the "command name" list and add the key "#" as shown below. click on OK, and you can now toggle the Work Features display with one keystroke!!

This is broken in 2013!
However follow these notes carefully in order to get it to work in 2013.

Navigate to the path below and edit InventorCustomization.xml file using Notepad.
C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Roaming\Autodesk\Inventor 2013
Use the Find command in Notepad to locate "AppiMateGlyphVisibilityCmd"
Copy & paste the line below "AppiMateGlyphVisibilityCmd" keyboard shortcut.
Edit the second occurence as "AppAllWorkfeaturesCmd"=hex:06,00,00,00,01,00,de,00,0f,c8

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Migrating Inventor 2013 styles, materials & appearances

If you are having problems migrating your Inventor Styles to the new 2013 format - then try this:-

Copy your previous 2012 design data folder to a new folder on the server.
Rename lighting.xml to lighting.xml.old
Migrate the newly copied styles library to 2013 by using the “style library manager”  utility.
Manually copy proteinmapping.xml across from a locally installed 2013 styles library.
Point to this new location in TOOLS/APPLICATION OPTIONS/FILES tab within Inventor 2013.

Now migrate custom materials & colours:

The custom material is defined as part of your Materials.xml and Colors.xml file in 2012. For 2013, you want to migrate the custom material into a custom .adsklib library.
  1. Start a new part.
  2. In the QAT, click Material Browser:
  3. In the browser toolbar, click Manage Migrate Inventor Styles.
  4. In the Migrate Styles dialog box, specify the Migrate From location which where the Materials.xml and Colors.xml files reside. By default the path is C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2012\Design Data in Windows 7.
  5. Specify the Migrate To location which is typically the InventorMaterialsLibrary.adsk file or a custom library you create. By default the path is C:\Users\Public\Documents\Autodesk\Inventor 2013\Design Data\Materials in Windows 7.
  6. Close and reopen the Material Browser.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Inventor 2013 supported CAD file versions

This is a useful list of Direct Translators Supported File versions for Inventor 2013

Translator Import Export
Alias v10 or later
CATIA V4 All Revisions
CATIA V5 R6-R21 R10-R20
Creo Parametric 1.0
IGES All Revisions 5.3
JT 7.0; 8.0; 8.1; 8.2; 9.0; 9.1; 9.2; 9.3; 9.4; 9.5 7.0; 8.0; 8.1; 8.2; 9.0; 9.1; 9.2; 9.3; 9.4; 9.5
NX 3-8.0
Parasolid Up to 24.0 9.0-24.0
Pro/ENGINEER Up to Wildfire 5.0
Pro/ENGINEER Granite Up to 7.0 1.0-7.0
Pro/ENGINEER Neutral N/A N/A
Rhino Up to 5.0
SAT Up to 7.0 7.0
SolidWorks 2003-2012
STEP AP214, AP203E2 AP214, AP203E2

Monday, 2 April 2012

Autocad 2013 & Inventor 2013 - What's New


It is that time of year again to release the details about the latest enhancements that are added to the newest releases of Autocad & Inventor.

What's new in Autocad 2013

What's new in Inventor 2013

Inventor 2013 Tutorial & Help files

Inventor 2013 Tutorial & Help files can be downloaded from here.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Autodesk 2013 software is now with us!

Take a look at for all the new 2013 information.
New software will be shipping within the next few weeks (If you have opted for shipped media). Otherwise download it from the subscription centre.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

AutoCAD 2013 is nearly with us!

This is a huge & important release of the defacto standard for 2D drafting.
Take a look at the new features of AutoCAD 2013 in Lynn Allen's blog.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Inventor 2012 hangs on exit

If you run into this problem,

Go to the add-in manager, right click and select show hidden, search for Simulation: Optimization and uncheck "Automatic start"

We saw the problem with a slow internet connection

Friday, 24 February 2012

Inventor formulas and equations

I keep forgetting where these are in the help, so here they are!
The following functions are supported in parameters & dimension boxes.

Syntax Return Type Expected Types
cos(expr) unitless angle
sin(expr) unitless angle
tan(expr) unitless angle
acos(expr) angle unitless
asin(expr) angle unitless
atan(expr) angle unitless
cosh(expr) unitless angle
sinh(expr) unitless angle
tanh(expr) unitless angle
acosh(expr) angle unitless
asinh(expr) angle unitless
atanh(expr) angle unitless
sqrt(expr) unit^1/2 any
sign(expr) unitless any
Return 0 if negative, 1 if positive
exp(expr) unitless any
Return exponential power.
For example, returns 2.688E43 for 100.
floor(expr) ul ul
Next lowest whole number
ceil(expr) ul ul
Next highest whole number
round(expr) ul ul
Closest whole number
abs(expr) any any
max(expr1;expr2) any any
min(expr1;expr2) any any
ln(expr) unitless unitless
log(expr) unitless unitless
pow(expr1; expr2)                unit^expr2      any, and unitless respectively
                                                                     Can construct unit valid equation                                                                      that can go invalid "pow(3.0;d12)".
                                                                     Decimal powers rounds at eighth decimal place.
random() unitless unitless

Friday, 20 January 2012

How to disable reflection​s in Inventor Drawing shaded views

You want to disable reflections in drawing shaded views for screen printing drawings etc.

Run REGEDIT from the CMD prompt, and create a key as below:-


Create a key with this value:

"Suppress Specular Color"=dword:00000001

If the key is not present or its value is zero or less, then reflections are enabled under drawings (Default behavior).

Remember to re-start Inventor for this change to take place.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

I've lost my Inventor browser!

We get asked this a lot.

If you lose your Inventor browser, go to the VIEW ribbon, select the "USER INTERFACE" button and tick "BROWSER"