IMAGINiT Manufacturing Solutions Blog

Topics feature Autodesk manufacturing software, including AutoCAD and Inventor.

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    6 of our Autodesk-certified manufacturing industry instructors will share their expertise with the Autodesk products at Autodesk University! They are excited and prepared to share their product...

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  • Modeling a Garter Spring (Simmerring) in Inventor

    Modeling a Garter Spring (Simmerring) in Inventor

    While reading the forums at GrabCAD over lunch, I happened upon a question on how to model this type of spring. There is a method where points are created around a revolved surface torus. Planes...

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  • Generative Design with Fusion 360

    Generative Design with Fusion 360

    Learn about the 4 main elements of Generative Design with Fusion 360 and view an example of a common design process used to develop and evaluate a design chosen to be run through a Generative...

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  • AutoCAD Palettes for the AutoCAD Electrical User

    AutoCAD Palettes for the AutoCAD Electrical User

    Typically, the first question I ask at the beginning of each AutoCAD Electrical (ACE) class is "Who knows AutoCAD?" and most hands typically shoot up. Then the next statement is something like...

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  • New AutoCAD 2020 Blocks Palette

    New AutoCAD 2020 Blocks Palette

    AutoCAD has always had several ways to insert a block into a drawing including: Typed “Insert” command “Insert” command on the Ribbon Tool Palette configured with blocks Copy and Paste Design...

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  • The Top 5 Pitfalls and Possibilities for Autodesk Vault

    Here at IMAGINiT Technologies, we work with many organizations that use Autodesk Vault. The solution is a powerful tool, but some teams either don't take advantage of its full potential or they...

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  • Expanding Collaboration to External Partners: Using Vault to Share Data with the Outside World

    The manufacturing sector uses Autodesk Vault Professional heavily for process control, continuity of information flow, and internal collaboration with teams assigned to the same project....

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  • Best Practices for Building Quality Processes into the Product Lifecycle

    Leading companies differentiate themselves through quality products. Incorporating quality throughout the product lifecycle, however, can be easier said than done. In our experience with...

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  • AutoCAD to Fusion 360 Sheet Metal

    AutoCAD to Fusion 360 Sheet Metal

    Often times I run across a client that wants to convert their 2d sheet metal flat patterns into 3d models. These flat patterns are trusted and has been successfully manufactured year after year....

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  • Seven Best Practices for Automating Change Management Processes

    Seven Best Practices for Automating Change Management Processes

    The scope of your project has changed. Or perhaps new regulatory requirements have emerged. Or maybe a team has made an error that must be remedied. How does your organization manage these types...

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  • Creating Conical Sheet Metal Components in Autodesk Fusion 360

    Creating Conical Sheet Metal Components in Autodesk Fusion 360

    Autodesk Fusion 360 does not have a specific command that will allow the creation of conical sheet metal components, but with a little creativity, the process is easy! The first step is to create...

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  • Better Looking Weldment Cuts

    Better Looking Weldment Cuts

    If you want to document your assemblies that more accurately reflect their final physical appearance, such as showing machined cuts on a painted weldment, this quick tip is for you. First, assign...

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  • Adding Color Convention for New Cables in AutoCAD Electrical

    Adding Color Convention for New Cables in AutoCAD Electrical

    In AutoCAD Electrical select Catalog Browser and select Table W0, Select Edit Catalog Browser. In Catalog Browser Edit Mode (background – Yellow), scroll to the bottom line and add new Cable, for...

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  • Keep Your Eyes on the Road! Customizing View Controls in Inventor

    Keep Your Eyes on the Road! Customizing View Controls in Inventor

    I find myself saying this a lot right now. Probably because my oldest son just got his temps. But it also pertains to Inventor as well. Often when engineers are forced to make the pretty pictures...

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  • Inventor 2019.2 Updates - Did You See It?

    Inventor 2019.2 Updates - Did You See It?

    With Inventor 2020 and Inventor 2019.4 update on the very near horizon, let's take a moment and remember the awesome updates we received in Inventor 2019.1 and 2019.2. What about 2019.3 you ask?...

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  • Inventor 2019.1 Updates - Did You See It?

    Inventor 2019.1 Updates - Did You See It?

    With Inventor 2020 and Inventor 2019.4 update on the very near horizon, let's take a moment and remember the awesome updates we received in Inventor 2019.1 and 2019.2. What about 2019.3 you ask?...

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  • Inventor Bill of Material Enhancement: Check Out From Vault

    Inventor Bill of Material Enhancement: Check Out From Vault

    It never fails...all the work I want to do to my files in the Bill of Material Editor...put on hold because I forgot to check out the files from Vault before I tried to modify them. Wait...not...

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  • Autodesk Inventor Translators 2019 & 2020

    Autodesk Inventor Translators 2019 & 2020

    With the upcoming release of Inventor 2020, I have updated my Translators sheet to show the upgraded CAD and neutral file format translator cheat sheet. As a reminder the AnyCAD ability of...

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  • Performing Process Analysis in the Autodesk Product Design Collection Part 1: Overview

    Performing Process Analysis in the Autodesk Product Design Collection Part 1: Overview

    In this first of several posts we are going to dig into what the Product Design & Manufacturing Collection has to offer in regards to analyzing how our products are made through their process....

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  • Place From Vault Enhancement: Ignore Obsolete Lifecycle State Files

    Place From Vault Enhancement: Ignore Obsolete Lifecycle State Files

    Didn't you get the memo? We no longer use that TPS Cover Sheet on the new outgoing reports. I know, pop culture aside, nothing is more annoying than reusing an Obsolete part or assembly in...

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