Attach Documentation in Autodesk Inventor

29 Apr, 2013 By: Mark Flayler

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

Editor's Note: This tutorial courtesy of IMAGINiT Technologies.

I'm sure this has happened to you at one point or another when documenting with Autodesk Inventor. You start placing Base and Projected views and then maybe a Section, the occasional Broken View, and then your Detail views. Design changes happen, documents update. Somewhere it's 5:00 and everyone else is getting off work on time — but not you, because you have to fix those Detail, Section, and Break Out views that didn't move with your geometry when the design updated and changed. So how do we get out of work sooner and with fewer headaches next time? By making logical attachments to our views, that’s how.

Attach Detail Views to Geometry

When you place a Detail view in the drawing manager, you can move it around if you don't like its initial placement on your view.

This flexibility is also the reason why the detail may not move with the update when a design updates. This can cause incorrect dimensions, as well as those pink orphaned dimensions we hate to see.

The next time you place your Detail view, take an extra step and attach it to some geometry. This will essentially anchor it to a point so when it updates in the model the corresponding detail attached to it will also move in conjunction with it. Simply right-click on the center green dot of your detail boundary on your view, select Attach, and choose the geometry you'd like to attach to.

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