Inventor Customization

Inventor’s drawing templates are where you define a myriad of settings that control the look and feel of your drawings. Beyond merely containing a drawing format, this is the place where implement your CAD standards. PacifiCAD can help you build your company’s inventortitle blocks and borders in Inventor, either from scratch or from your existing drawing files.

You can create a template from a drawing, preserving annotations on drawing sheets, such as custom symbols, notes, and revision tables. In addition, your borders, title blocks and view definitions can be retained in the template. View annotations and general notes are not saved in a template.

An iFeature is one or more part features that can be saved as a group and reused in other designs. After you create an iFeature and store it in a catalog, you can place it in a part by dragging it from Windows Explorer and dropping it in the part file or by using the Insert iFeature tool. PacifiCAD can teach you how to create & use iFeatures, as well as develop catalogs of iFeatures for you.

Inventor’s iPart tools let you define table-driven parts, where each row represents a unique member of a family of parts. Values in each row of the table uniquely define a family member’s dimensions, material properties, threads, iMate information, feature suppression, and so on. PacifiCAD’s developers can help you design and build these factories, saving you countless hours of time when compared with creating families of parts on an individual basis.

An iAssembly is a configuration of a model with a few or many variations called members. Each member has a set of unique identifiers such as diameter or length, or different components such as a power train for a vehicle with several different engine sizes. You can manage iAssemblies from a table. In an assembly, you can replace one member with another member from the same factory by selecting a different row in the table. The bill of materials and parts list automatically update when members are edited.

Styles in drawings are related to the drawing's active drafting standard. The active drafting standard specifies the styles used to format drawings. Each standard has major style types such as balloons and dimensions, which each specify the formatting for individual attributes. Styles define, for example:

  • Line weights and leader styles
  • Arrowheads and other terminators
  • Dimension and text styles
  • Symbols and options available for drawing annotations
  • Format welding symbols, caterpillars, and end treatments
  • Center mark style and size
  • Hatch pattern choices
  • Formats for parts lists and balloons

Styles in parts and assemblies control colors, materials, and lighting attributes.

PacifiCAD can work with you to modify Inventor’s built-in styles to conform to your company’s way of doing things, and can also work with you to define new styles as necessary.