Inventor

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.


Sheet Metal

Sheet Metal components are excellent candidates for custom part templates. Variable parameters can be preset so the user only needs to modify a few dimensions to create a flanged box or flat oval. Rectangular to circular transitions are also excellent candidates for custom part templates.



iLogic

ILogic allows us to create incredibly intelligent parts. You can use iLogic to control parameters, materials, standard sizes, custom lengths, material types, and many more values. You can also build customized forms to easily update your components.

The image below shows a common board template enhanced with iLogic. When you use this template, you are immediately prompted for the size, length, and type of board you need.



Conclusion

Many of us work with parts similar to those shown in this document. We can’t afford the time necessary to start from scratch each time we need another common component. The ability to create custom part templates allows us to reduce our model time because 80 to 90% of the work has already been accomplished. We can also enhance our workflow by utilizing templates with our standard processes already built in.

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