Drawing Autodesk Inventor Standards with Style

29 Nov, 2014 By: Elvis R. Sverko

IMAGINiT Tricks Tutorial: With the Style and Standard Editor in Autodesk Inventor 2015, users can easily make drafting standards more visually interesting.

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

Engineering drawings are typically created in accordance with a drafting standard in regards to layout, nomenclature, appearance, size, etc. The purpose of these drawings is to accurately capture all the geometric features of a particular product, with the end goal being to communicate all the information required for a manufacturer to produce the product. However, the difficult part is deciding which drafting standard a company should follow when creating engineering drawings.

In the engineering world, most companies begin with a particular drafting standard (ANSI, ISO, etc.), but then they customize it to fit their particular manufacturing needs. So there are about as many different custom drafting standards as there are manufacturers. But each manufacturer wants and needs to have their particular custom drafting standard be used consistently throughout all their drawings.

And with as many drawings as manufacturers create, they need to be clear and easy to read. But they should also have some visual interest to them — in the form of varied drawing line weights, among other features. There should typically be three line weights used on every drawing: light, medium, and bold.

Using Autodesk Inventor 2015 3D solid modeling CAD software to create drawings is a great way to keep drafting standards consistent from drawing to drawing. With this software, we can start from a particular drafting standard, then easily add our own style to assist in communicating our particular needs to the manufacturing process, as well as making it visually interesting.

The Style and Standard Editor

To customize the drafting standards in the Autodesk Inventor 2015 software, use the Style and Standard Editor, which controls the appearance of dimensions, center marks, part edges, layers, part lists, balloons, hatching, and other annotations. The software is installed with several drafting standards by default, including ANSI, ISO, and JIS. A central library is used to store all the style and standard information, and when this information is modified, it is reflected in all files that reference that particular style. It is recommended to store all shared style libraries on a common network location.

Each drawing file can reference the systems style and standard libraries, but they can also contain their own unique style, which is stored directly in the file itself.

To access the Style and Standard Editor, select Styles Editor on the Manage tab > Styles and Standards panel of the ribbon. In the Style and Standard Editor dialog box, only the styles and standards used in the active document are listed, as indicated by the Local Styles option in the filter drop-down list.

Change the filter drop-down list to show All Styles to display all of the available styles and standards in the style library.

In each of the expanded different annotation types in the left-hand browser pane, their specific appearance can be controlled. Select the annotation type style, then adjust its particular settings.

After all modifications are complete for each of the different styles, they can be saved, and they will be saved in the active file. This process would be the preferred way to create styles and standards for a template file so that every new drawing file created from this template file will automatically contain the custom styles and standards.

In order to save the modifications to the style library, right-click on the style and select “Save to Style Library.” The style library will need to have Read/Write permissions. Once a style library is updated and saved, the local style of any active drawing can be updated from the style library by right-clicking on the style in the active drawing and selecting “Update Style.” This process would be used for updating the styles for existing drawings.

Whatever drafting standard you start from, and whatever changes you make to it to better communicate the product for the manufacturing process, be consistent with your styles, and keep it visually interesting.

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