Thursday, 14 December 2017

Publishing PDF files from Vault Pro 2018 with the revision appended to the file.

In order for the Vault job processor to automatically create PDF files with the revision number/letter appended to the end of the file, you need to edit a config file on the machine that is running the Job Processor.

First, you need to make a copy of the JobProcessor.exe.config file located in the <install dir>\Vault Professional 2018\Explorer folder.  Use a text editing software, such as Notepad, to open and edit the file.

Add the following line before </appSettings> towards the bottom of the file:

  <add key="DesignRepresentation.Naming" value="\.(dwg)$/&lt;_name_&gt;-&lt;Revision&gt;"/>

This will add a file 1234-A.PDF from a drawing 1234.DWG

Change the (dwg) to (idw) in the line of text if this is for IDW files.

Note: Only 2D PDF files are created from the Job Processor.

Inventor Drawing Custom properties do not appear in Vault Data Standard dialog

Although you may be using only one drawing template file type in Inventor, it is important to ensure that the relevant custom properties are in both the IDW & DWG templates.

You must then map the Vault Property UDP to both file types within Vault Explorer.

The custom properties will not be showing in the VDS dialog.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Fusion 360 CAM Engraving tool path is very slow

If you are creating CNC code for engraving from Fusion 360, you may find the tool path very slow.
This is because engraving does not output arcs (G02/G03), only lines (G01)!
So the best way around this is to reduce the TOLERANCE here (was set to 0.01).

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Inventor HSM add-in causes Inventor FILE pulldown to hang

Users of Inventor HSM 2018 as part of the Product Design & Manufacturing collection may find the FILE pulldown menu not working (and also parts of the ribbon).

DELL Precision Laptops may show this behaviour. If so, uninstall the the DELL Backup & Restore Utility.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

URGENT: Autocad (& LT) 2018 critical patch

Critical Action Required: Install AutoCAD 2018.0.2/AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 Update

 A few weeks ago, we explained a mistake that was made with the 2018.0.1 Update and quickly resolved the issue by releasing the AutoCAD 2018.0.2/AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 Update*.
As this update fixes a defect that would cause the product to not start, it is critical for users who installed the initial 2018.0.1 Update to install the AutoCAD 2018.0.2/AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 Update as soon as possible and before June 1, 2017.

Here’s how to do so in three easy steps:

Step 1: Sign in to your Autodesk Account
Step 2: Choose Product Updates on the MANAGEMENT page.

Step 3: You will see the option for the AutoCAD 2018.0.2 or AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 Update. Pick the option that is applicable to your product, download and install it. The AutoCAD 2018.0.2 Update applies to the products listed below*.

Important Notes:

The 2018.0.1 version is listed in About dialog for AutoCAD 2018 and AutoCAD LT 2018 as version O.61.0.0. Once updated to the 2018.0.2 version, it will be shown as O.72.0.0.

If you do not install the AutoCAD 2018.0.2 Update by June 1, 2017, the product will not start and will display the following pre-release product error message:

For users who never downloaded the 2018.0.1 Update, the originally released version O.49.0.0 does not exhibit this problem, and will work as expected past June 1, 2017. Even then, we still recommend updating it to the latest version, which is currently 2018.0.2 (displayed as O.72.0.0 in About dialog box).

We apologize for the inconvenience. You can find more information about this update here. For any additional questions, please reach out to us by choosing Support in the upper right-hand corner of the MANAGEMENT page in your Autodesk Account. *AutoCAD 2018.0.2 Update applies to:

 AutoCAD® 2018
AutoCAD® Architecture 2018
AutoCAD® MEP 2018
AutoCAD® Mechanical 2018
AutoCAD® Electrical 2018
AutoCAD® Map 3D 2018
AutoCAD® Civil 3D® 2018
AutoCAD® Plant 3D 2018 Advance Steel 2018

AutoCAD LT 2018.0.2 Update applies to AutoCAD LT 2018 only.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Inventor 2018 - Migrate Styles & Templates

Here's a short video on how to migrate legacy Styles & Templates to Inventor 2018.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Autodesk 2018 products released today

Users should see 2018 version of Autocad LT, Autocad, Inventor LT, Inventor & Vault, available for download today.
Go to your Autodesk Account for more details: