Create Custom Autodesk Inventor Part Templates

28 Mar, 2013 By: Rusty Belcher

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: Instead of starting from scratch whenever you need a common part, save yourself some modeling time with custom templates.

This template has a predefined gusset feature. The defining sketch is visible and available for edit.

We can simply modify the sketch dimensions to create any shaped gusset we need.

Once the part is modified we can save it with any file name, and to any location desired.

Create a Custom Part Template

The process for creating a custom template is fairly simple: Create the desired model using your standard processes. Model the component to the point where the major changes can easily be made. Try to imagine all the necessary changes that you might make to this part in the future. Build in as many parametric or geometric controls as needed to quickly modify and update the component. Make sure to fill out the necessary iProperty attributes; you can also create custom iProperty fields for unique information.

When the model is complete, use the Save Copy as Template command (located under the application icon). You can create a separate folder in your template location to store your custom templates. This folder will show up as a separate tab in the Create New Part dialog.

Tips for Creating Custom Part Templates

Adaptivity. Build in adaptive features when necessary. If you don’t know the length of a component, set up an adaptive feature that allows the part to stretch to suit.

For example, the mounting platform shown in the image below was created from an adaptive custom part template. The component is mounted in place below three electrical panels. The adaptive features of the template allow us to easily resize the mount to match the electrical panels.

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