Attach Documentation in Autodesk Inventor

30 Apr, 2013 By: Mark Flayler

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Manage your views correctly, and they'll move with your geometry when the design is updated.

After our adjustment in the model making this design two inches longer, the detail stays with the geometry we want so our dimensions still show our intended values.

Section Views

Given the nature of our part here, we want to see a sectional view inside it for proper dimensioning.

So we begin with our standard views we want in our drawing and leave room for our section view placement. When you initially start the Section View command, you might feel the urge to just draw a line a haphazardly. However, if you just draw a line in anywhere without regard for where it is referencing, you will have a floating section line that will not be directly tied to geometry. Just like our last detail attachments, the section view will not update intelligently based on changes made to the initial geometry.

With that in mind, how can we properly create a section line for our view? There are a couple of ways. The first is to watch closely when referencing geometry for the line; another is to use a Sketch on the View to distinctly locate the view.

Method 1: Don't click with abandon. When you are starting the section view command, carefully hover over midpoints and center points (don't click on them) and use Point Tracking to better reference where you are with a section line. While you are not actually creating a Sketch directly here, it is actually doing just that and creating coincident constraints on your hovered references. Once the section line is created, you can right-click on the section view line and choose Edit to see just that.

This works great when you are going right through something where you can use a Midpoint or a Center point of an object. As you can see from the original intent for our documentation, this is not what we want to get our desired section view of the part.

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