The Content Center database contains over 750,000 parts and covers 18 international standards. Content Center parts are organized in libraries. Use the Content Center browser or Search to find a particular part.
Useto place components from Content Center in your design documents.
You can expand standard libraries and create user libraries with your custom content. Useto customize content copied from a standard library to a user library. Use to publish new parts (features) to a user library.
You can work with Content Center as a(libraries are saved locally on your computer) or as a (libraries are shared on a library server).
Before you start using Content Center, set up Autodesk Inventor and Content Center libraries to correspond with your needs. The Content Center configuration is a part of Project settings and controls the internal setting of libraries within Content Center. You change the Content Center configuration in the Configure Libraries dialog box accessed from the Project dialog box.
If you work as a stand-alone user, install Content Center libraries to your Desktop Content folder. To choose specific libraries to install, clear the selection of the libraries you do not use in the Select Content Center libraries dialog box.
If you work in a shared environment, install the Autodesk server (without installing Autodesk Inventor) and the Content Center libraries on a computer connected to the network. Use this computer as a server for Content Center libraries. .
To access Supplier Content Center, on the ribbon, click Supplier Content Center .
All accessible data are viewed as one database in Content Center. If some Content Center library families (with the same data) are available in more than one library, these families are displayed only once in Content Center.
If you use a shared library and the library is updated, you can refresh the view of content in the dialog box. Use the Refresh Content option on the Tools menu of the Content Center dialog box. This option also clears the part templates and other files from the cache memory folder.
To make sure that all standard components instanced in an assembly are up-to-date, use the Refresh Standard Components command.
The basic component in a Content Center library is a family (part family or feature family). A family contains family members that have the same template and family properties and represent size variations of a part or feature. A family is the ultimate target in the Content Center library and cannot be subcategorized.
Families are arranged in categories in Content Center Library. A category is a logical grouping of part types. For example, studs and hex head bolts are functionally related and therefore nested under the Bolts category. A category can contain subcategories and can contain families.
The Content Center library database contains data that is required to create part files for Content Center library parts. The data is: Parametric .ipt files (provide the graphics for Content Center library parts), values of part parameters, description texts for parts, and preview pictures displayed in the Content Center.
Parametric .ipt files, description texts, and preview pictures are common for all sizes of one Content Center library part family. The Content Center library usually contains several sets of parameter values for one part family. Every set of parameters defines one size (dimensions) of the Content Center library part.
To edit a part (feature) family that is contained in a read-only library, copy the family to a read/write library. Right-click the family, select Copy To from the menu, and then select a library from the list or create a library (read/write enabled). After the family is copied, it can be edited. Edits are saved to the selected read/write library.
Standard Content Center parts are read-only. Use Content Center commands to edit them. You can replace the existing part in the assembly, or you can insert a new instance of the edited part. Right-click the standard part in the assembly and click Change Size or Replace from Content Center.
Use the Change Size command to open the family dialog box, and select another family member to replace the original part. Use the Replace from Content Center command to replace a part with a Content Center part selected in the Content Center dialog box.