Passing Model iProperties to Drawing iProperties

April 27, 2020 Hal Carruthers

During the documentation process, we often use the same iProperties from our modeling files (parts & assemblies) to populate fields in our Bill of Materials, Parts Lists, drawing Title Blocks and Vault.

When we create a drawing, we often find ourselves re-entering the same data for the drawing’s iProperties that we entered for documented model’s iProperties.

For our drawing Title Blocks, this duplicated effort can be removed by mapping the Title Block fields to get iProperty data from the model. However, this solution still leaves the drawing iProperties empty.

Inventor does provide a solution for this from the Document Setting where we can configure the drawing to use the iProperties of the model.


Start a new file or open one of your drawing templates files, navigate to Tools, and select Document Settings.

Ribbon Bar

On the Document Settings Dialog, select the Drawing Tab and then select “Copy Model Properties”

Doc Settings

Enable the functionality by selecting “Copy Model Properties” and then select the required properties that to be copied from the model.

Property Settings

Save your template file back to your template directory. When you create the first base view of a new drawing, the selected iProperties will update with the corresponding values from the model file.

Note: Any edits to existing values in the model’s iProperties will not update the drawing iProperties after the base view is created.

About the Author

Hal Carruthers

Manufacturing Applications Expert<br><br>Hal has been working closely with clients since 1997 to develop and deliver integrated solutions utilizing Autodesk products including AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical, AutoCAD Mechanical, Inventor and Vault. His qualifications range from mechanical design engineering to pre-sales and post-sales consulting for the integration of mechanical software solutions. Hal has over 15 years of mechanical design experience in a variety of industry disciplines. He has worked as a Product Design Engineer to design, develop, fabricate and test new surgical instruments for use in Endoscopic and Open Surgery, specific applications for product use include: vessel ligation, wound closure, endoscopic instrumentation and specialty surgical devices. Hal has been awarded two U.S. Patents for medical devices he developed. Additionally during his tenure, Hal developed and maintained Engineering Documentation and CAD Standards and provided CAD product training and support for all users and new hires.

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