Architectural unit format in modeling
Architectural format (12'-1 1/2") and fractional formats (1 1/4") in parameters are enhanced. In previous releases, these formats could be input into dialog boxes, but Inventor converted them to the decimal equivalent. Now, the architectural or fractional format is displayed in the graphics window and retained in the dialog boxes.
When using metric units, the format is retained in dialog boxes, but is not displayed in the graphics window.
When using Imperial units, additional options are available in dialog boxes to control the format. These options are decimal, fractional, and architectural.
Routed Systems Getting Started Guide
The Routed Systems Getting Started Guide is streamlined for this release. The Getting Started Guide now contains only general information to introduce users to the Routed Systems features. Specific procedures and workflows were moved to the main Help system. Tutorials were moved to the main Tutorials area.
This makes the Routed Systems Getting Started Guide more applicable for new users and makes the other valuable material more discoverable for all users.
Simulation Getting Started Guide
Access to the content is improved through use of the table of contents, search function, and index in Help.
If you prefer the Getting Started manuals in PDF format, they are available through links on the Getting Started topic in the Help table of contents.
Initial view extents
The Initial View Extents settings control the initial visible area when creating a new part or assembly. This setting is configured in the Modeling tab of the Document Settings dialog box in template files. You can set the initial height and width of the graphics window.
This setting only affects the model view when a new file is created from a template. This setting does not affect the model view when an existing file is opened.
Search capabilities were added to the Component Type dialog box. When using the Export Building Components, the Component Type property is required. There are many component types in the list. Searching makes it faster to find the correct type for your model.
When a search is performed, the only matching categories are displayed in the list and matches are highlighted.
The Inventor Tooling module is integrated with the Inventor Professional installation media and Help.
The Inventor Tooling part modeling commands Copy to Construction and Bridge Curve are available to anyone that creates organic models.
Use Copy to Construction to select solid faces or surfaces in the display window and send them to the construction environment.
Use Bridge Curve in a 2D sketch to create a smooth (G2) spline between selected geometry.
Send to 3D Print Service
You can print a rapid prototype from an Inventor part or assembly file.
This feature provides a workflow to produce quality STL data and send them to a 3D print provider that you choose from an Autodesk 3D Print Service Web page. You can preview and modify the 3D facets quality before you send the file to the 3D Print service.
The options dialog box for saving to STL is greatly improved with more controls over the facets quality, and the format and structure of files.
Inventor Samples Files Relocated
The sample files no longer reside in the Samples folder installed on your hard drive with the Autodesk Inventor product. Instead, that Samples folder contains an HTML file that contains this message:
"In a continuing effort to provide high quality products, Autodesk is now posting the Inventor Samples data sets to www.autodesk.com\inventor-samples.
This posting ensures updates can be made to the Samples data sets at any time during a release."
NOTE: This change does not affect tutorial files.