Featured in the Autodesk Manufacturing Community Newsletter


Some time in June, I was interviewed by the Community Editors of Autodesk Manufacturing Community. It was really an honor to be featured there. In fact, Garin Gardiner of Autodesk posting a comment on my Inventor blog already means a lot to me. :D. Before I received the newsletter in my e-mail, my colleage sent me an instant message with a link pointing to the interview. Again, thanks so much to the Autodesk Manufacturing Community. 🙂

Center of Gravity for Autodesk Inventor

Let’s say you want to have the center of gravity to be plotted onto your drawing file (idw file) so that you could keep a documentation of it. What you can do is to create a macro where the program automates the generation of workpoint based on the properties of the mass of the assembly document and or the part document. After running the macro, create a new drawing (idw file) and get the base view of that document. Make sure that in the display options that the User Work Features are checked. Now, the question that you probably have in mind is what if I have other work features that I do not want to be shown? What you just do is to hide the other work features manually by expanding a certain view in the browser tree. It’s just like hiding parts within an assembly environment. Continue reading “Center of Gravity for Autodesk Inventor”

Autodesk Solutions Day 2006

Autodesk Solutions Day at Manila, Philippines was recently held at Makati Shangri-La. Rizal Ballrooms A, B and C were all filled with people coming from different fields such as Civil and GIS, Manufacturing, Media and Entertainment, and Education. At the event, I saw my former blockmate in college and some of my former students who took up the Autodesk Inventor training at the Training Center. You would also notice in the picture that there are people wearing the bright yellow shirts. And yes, I am one of those wearing the yellow shirts there.

Autodesk gave away an HP laptop, an HP iPaq, an iPod, a certain Linksys product and a digital camera in their raffle draw. Of course, I am not one of the lucky winners. Hehehe! However, since I signed the feedback form, I got a cool calculator slash calendar. It’s compact and it would give you an impression that it is a high-tech face powder that slides open when you push a particular button.

Autodesk Manufacturing Community Portal

I have never thought that someone like me would be featured at the In the Machine blog of the Autodesk Manufacturing Community where Amy Bunszel is the columnist. She is one of the product managers of Autodesk Inventor Professional and it was such an honor to be featured there. It was posted there since the 23rd of March and I was only able to find out about it recently when I joined the Autodesk Manufacturing Community Portal after attending the 4-day Manufacturing Solutions Division Technical training for the new releases of Autodesk products this year. Surely, there are a lot of improvements for the 11th release of Autodesk Inventor. In fact, it is their biggest release. So, if you are an Inventor user, please do join the Autodesk Manufacturing Community portal since it is not only Autodesk makes the software better but the users themselves.

The Best PC Specs for Inventor 11

I’ve been quite geeky this past few days since I’ve got my hands on the Beta 2 version of Autodesk Inventor 11. And there are a lot of things that I’ve discovered about it. First thing to consider is the PC specs. A 512MB RAM can be good enough for Autodesk Inventor 10. However, for Autodesk Inventor 11, things may not be good especially if you’re going to deal with large assembly configurations. The next thing to consider is the Graphics card. If you’re going to use a GeFORCE 2 MX Graphics card for Autodesk Inventor 11, you might want to think of throwing it into a trash can then use at least a GeFORCE 4. Using a GeFORCE 2 MX for Autodesk Inventor 11 would certainly produce a panicky atmosphere especially when you are not used to see cones popping out everytime you rotate your 3D model. It may have a driver for Direct3D graphics but it’s not good enough. An OpenGL supported graphics card would still work best. Never neglect the RAM and the graphics card when choosing a computer especially if it’s going to be used for 3D modeling. Don’t just check if it runs on Pentium 4 or not. You have the right to be choosy for disastrous results awaits you when you’re not. One word, invest.

Autodesk Inventor 11 soon to be released

I got a package from Phoenix, Arizona last Friday. It’s from Autodesk and as part of the Beta Team (Project Faraday) I got an oversized shirt and a DVD of the Beta 2 release of Autodesk Inventor Professional 11. I’ve been testing the Beta 2 release last Friday in the office and I was impressed with the improvements of Inventor Studio since the rendering was improved. Good thing is that I could render decals already! There are a lot of improvements in Autodesk Inventor 11. The newly added module for Autodesk Inventor Professional 11 is the Dynamic Motion Simulator. This should be very useful for engineers and has truly added value to the software.

Consumer Electronics

The above is not an exact replica of Sony Ericsson’s W800i. Designing consumer electronics like mobile phones is another capability of Autodesk Inventor. This is where surfacing comes to the rescue. A feature that can be used to ease your task in designing such is the Replace Face tool. Using such tool would allow you to only create first an extrusion of a rectangular block, then draw a surface then use the Replace Face tool. When you say Replace Face, it means that your replacing an existing face of a solid with the ones like that of the surface that you have selected.

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Designing Modern Furniture

Since there were PSID students taking up a class on AutoCAD in the training center in our office, I decided to design a simple furniture using Autodesk Inventor. The design of the coffee table is based on one of those websites selling modern furniture. And to make more things pretty interesting, I rendered it using a background of a bitmap file. I just turned off the shadows and reflection so that the image that I used as its background won’t get deteriorated.

Using Pattern Component

I got this ballpen from Autodesk just last January. Then I suddenly thought of why don’t I try modeling it in Autodesk Inventor. I began first with the main part and used the Revolve feature. Afterwhich, I entered in the assembly environment and continued doing the design there. You’ll notice that there’s a small green material which acts like some sort of grip. What I did is to use Rectangular Pattern first so that I’ll consider every column of that as one component. Then, in the assembly environment, I used pattern component so that I could place it around the pen. Then, I disabled the other occurrences since some of the columns reproduced are not necessary. This is rendered with Inventor Studio.

Content Center is Not Loading

The name of my computer in the office was changed and then, I thought of using the Content Center of Autodesk Inventor and it won’t open. And it sucks that it would not open at the time that I need it the most. And thus, I searched for the solution at the Support site of Autodesk and found out that my assumptions were correct. The solution to this particular problem is either to reinstall or to repair the Autodesk Inventor. You can do this by accessing the Control Panel, then Add/Remove Programs. Then, click change under Autodesk Inventor. Then select repair or reinstall. I have tried repair already but it just won’t work. I’ll try my luck again this Monday. This kind of problem should not interfere with my scheduled training for tomorrow.