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.

Method 2: Be methodical. First select the view with your mouse, then choose the Create Sketch command in your Place Views tab of the ribbon. This will start a new sketch just on the view of the part. If you do not select your View first then the sketch will be on the entire sheet of the paper and your section view command will not be able to select the line you are about to draw. Just make sure your view has its extents highlighted before you select the button.

From here, use Project Geometry and Dimensions to properly locate the section line where you want it to fall in the geometry. Keep in mind that it will update based on the change to the model geometry as well — do not attach it to geometry you know will be destroyed or drastically changed or shifted.

You could also consider using a Work Plane and projecting that if you can't decide on good reference geometry to project in the view. You can include Work Features in a drawing view by right-clicking on the referenced file in your view in the Model Browser. Of course, you can still use the haphazard method and use the Edit option on the section line to fix your quick placement with the sketch tools, but I just prefer the upfront methodical way.

Break Out Views

This type of view in the Drawing Manager is a very easy one to mess up when you first start using the software. In fact, it's downright confusing until you know exactly what the command wants to operate. The proper way to start a Broken view is not to start the command first, but to do something similar to the sectioning method previously discussed by first placing a sketch on the view for location of the broken boundary for the view. If you don’t do this step first you will get the error message shown below.

After sketching the correct boundary on the view with a sketch, you have full control now to create your Broken view. One of my favorite usages of this tool is to break a standard orthogonal view, then project it to get some nice revealing geometry. Of course this view is more commonly used on assembly views to see behind walls and other obscuring geometry, but Broken view is pretty versatile.

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