It’s that time of year again to see what’s new in Autodesk’s Inventor 2017.Another pretty good release with new technology that are in line with where things are heading, a focus on cloud collaboration and enhancements that users have been requesting.
Below is a full list of what’s new, but here’s the top new things that I like and a short video of the Top Ten from Autodesk:
Autodesk Inventor now publishes 3D pdf files with the added option to attach files into the pdf
Inventor Connected Design
The new A360 connected design came out in Inventor 2016 R2 and the new 2017 release has significant performance and feature improvements and management tools:
iFeatures can now modify multiple solid bodies in one operation
You can create and publish your own Guided Tutorials
Libraries have been updated to the latest industry standards
Lighting Styles Management
The Lighting Styles interface has been expanded into separate windows.
These settings are now individually managed based on each lighting style
These customisable options are now included:
Visual Conflict with Select Other
When you selected other in 2016 or earlier releases it would visually interfere with the area you were modifying, which has now been fixed.
Dialog Box Enhancements:
Export to PDF
The system remembers when you modify a print range variable
Set defer update on Flat Patterns and Shrinkwrap Assemblies have been added
Recent Documents on My Home Tab
Set how many recent documents are displayed in memory
Graphics Display Enhancements
Luminance and brightness settings have been adjusted.
Circular Patterns – Set the orientation of the body or the feature set of the source, redefine the base point/feature set.
Sketch Driven Pattern – New sketch driven pattern command to create patterns of features or bodies based on 2D/3D sketches. You can also redefine the base point or pick faces and re-orientate the pattern
Boundary Patch – Guide rail is added so you can select curveshape the patch by electing points or curves.
Ruled Surface – New angle option, Vector surface (aka Sweep) supports edge and sketch selections and you can alternate all faces or auto edge chain
Window Select Profiles
You can window select closed profiles when using the Extrude command
Parent Child relationship
Access the relationship through the model browser which include Sketches, Shared sketches, Axes, Planes and Points.
Part File Template
The template now has Master (locked), Isometric (default), Front, Top, Right view representations
Punch Representation Visibility
New controls to the representation display and flat pattern overrides to the Punch Tool dialog box such as show formed feature, sketch representation and centre mark
Round (tangent), Round (vertex) and Square (Vertex) have been added
Information icon has been added when there are computer errors and participates in the Design Doctor
Some types of punch features can be unfolded
Sheet Metal Dialog Boxes
Apply button is now added to Corner Chamfer and Round and the Corner Round is resizable.
Defer Flat Pattern
You can defer the update on a flat pattern when opening a file or on a right click
Direct Edit Button
The Direct Edit button is added to the Sheet Metal ribbon instead of having to go to the 3D model ribbon
The 3D sketch environment has been revamped making it easier to do 3D sketching with similar tools found in the Tube & Pipe routing module of Inventor.
Copy and Paste
You can now copy and paste a 3D sketch entity in the same 3D sketch or between 3D sketches.
You can drag a 3D sketch by selecting any part of the sketch
Draw Curves on Face
By directly sketching it in place, you can create an interpolated 3D spline on a parts face. The curve creation supports vertices, edges, constraints, point insertion, editing, curvature display and other options
3D Sketch Draw Tools
Make components transparent
Right click and select transparent or through iproperties > occurrence
Cross-Part reference enhancements
Additional controls and relationship details, open files from browser node
Shape Generator was added to Inventor 2016 Release 2 with the ability to assist in reducing weight in parts by producing a mesh based on your design and parameters to maximise the stiffness.
Inventor 2017’s Shape Generator allows you to:
Minimum member size
New presentation interface
The Presentation section has been reworked to include Inventor Publisher features and existing IPN files can be migrated.
Adjust quantity settings
The AnyCAD functionality has extended to STEP files, so now if someone sends you a STEP file and modifies it, there is associativity and the changes will automatically update inside Inventor without having to re-import the file. This functionality not only works with STEP but 2D DWG, Autodesk Alias, Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Systemes Solidworks, Dassault Systemes CATIA V5 (I’m not aware of anything that is compatible to CATIA V6), PTC Creo, PTC Pro-Engineer and Siemens NX.
2D DWG Associativity Enhancements
With 2D DWG’s, the drawings in model space can be quite large and spanned in all sorts of directions within the coordinate system and can include borders, title blocks, attributes, dimensions and annotations. The new enhancements with DWG, allow the user to crop a section of the drawings and move that cropped section to a more manageable place in the Inventor environment (i.e. the origin 0,0,0).
The other enhancement is being able to place that dwg file in an Inventor part into an Inventor 2016 drawing as a view and maintain associativity between the dwg file and the Inventor drawing.
You can also add an instance of the same DWG in a part file.
With more and more 3D printing and scanning, there have been significant improvements and new features when working with mesh files:
As mentioned under AnyCAD, you can insert a STEP file as a reference and maintain associativity.
Translators and supported file versions:
Get Autodesk Inventor 2017 Now
Autodesk Inventor 2017 is now available. Get it now from the Redstack online store, or contact us for more information. If you have a current subscription, Autodesk Inventor 2017 will be available now from your Autodesk Account. The Redstack support team is available should you require any assistance with installation.