Automate 3D Design with Autodesk Inventor’s iLogic
When CPA moved their designs from AutoCAD to Inventor, they increased productivity by around 50%. By automating with Inventor using its iLogic module, they reduced engineering design, quoting and ordering processes by at least another 50%. The design work that previously required two team members can now be done with one.
It only took one week for Tim Cleine, Head of Engineering and iLogic Contractor, David Gemmell to automate pulley designs which consists up to 32 part variations in an 8 part assembly using Microsoft Excel. Over time, he has automated additional processes.
Now, sales fill out configuration in a spreadsheet, and the spreadsheet will calculate pricing and produce a quote. If the client wants to order the configuration, that same spreadsheet will drive Inventor to generate a 3D model and shop drawings based on the configuration and then write to that spreadsheet, populating a Bill of Materials (BOM), QA Documentation, Project Documentation and other documentation required for manufacturing.
Even more beneficial than reducing the time it takes to do manual tasks by automating them, it leads to a reduction in human error also, as the tasks are automated and iLogic uses filters to prevent mistakes.
Other benefits of iLogic are that now that your work is automated, you can concentrate on a range of other higher value tasks, like optimising designs to increase profitability with simulation tools or innovation on new product lines.
The automation is ongoing and Tim is working on automating a fully operational conveyor system, automating data entry in their ERP system using the data produced from Inventor and Excel and making use of the Inventor Professional Dynamic Simulation to analyse motion. This analysis will allow Tim to further optimise and automate processes.
So What is iLogic?
iLogic is fully integrated into Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Inventor Professional. It allows you to automate tasks or generate models with rule driven commands and triggers, programming scripts (with integrated VB.NET) and linking with excel spreadsheets and databases. There's no limitation to what you can automate or drive in and outside of Autodesk Inventor using the iLogic module.
What Can iLogic Do?
iLogic is powerful and can do pretty well anything you can think of, plus it's easy enough for anyone to use. If you can use Autodesk Inventor, you can learn to use iLogic.
Some of the tasks that can be automated with iLogic include:
- Automatically drive a 3D model, 2D Drawings & Bill of Materials
- Automatically publish files (i.e. STEP, DWF, PDF, etc.)
- 3D Web Configurator & Quoting
- Design Standard Prompts (eg. you can create a prompt for a part number you may have forgotten when saving)
- Sales Quotes & Invoices
- Quality Assurance Documentation
- Inventor Forms & Global Forms
- Message Boxes & Prompts
- Any additional documentation that can be produced from meta data in iproperties
- Add additional functionality to Autodesk Inventor
- Search for iPart or iAssembly Configurations
- Read & Write Excel Spreadsheet documents
- Read & Write HTML files, Text files, Word Documents and other file formats
- Communicate with other Windows applications
- Launch external applications and existing VBA macros
- Connect to external database applications such as MS Access or SQL server
- Use Inventor API functions directly
If you want to learn more on how you can not only transform your engineering but the way you do business using Autodesk Inventor, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 1300 667 263.