3D electronic parts for Inventor

March 9, 2010

If you design electronics or electromechanical assemblies, you might find usefull a library of free 3D electronic parts available for download at CADforum. Recently I have searched for a model of a TO39 package and found this rather large library of transistors, diodes, capacitors and IC packages. The models are clean and easy to modify.

Electronic parts


Inventor Fusion in Inventor 2011

March 8, 2010

So it seems that the Fusion technology will be included in all versions of Inventor 2011. What I have heard (off the record), Inventor 2011 will be a pretty interesting version with lots of nice features. I can’t wait to test it – new versions come usually in March so it won’t take long hopefully.

Sikorsky is the new Inventor 2011

November 11, 2009

The new version of Autodesk Inventor – Inventor 2011 – is codenamed “Sikorsky”. Beta testing of Inventor 2011 is now open at beta.autodesk.com. You can take part on this testing by registering at the beta site. Version 2011 can be expected as usually in March/April term in the year 2010. It will be interesting to see if and how Autodesk includes Inventor Fusion in the Inventor version 2011.

If you want to influence future functions in Inventor, you can vote in the Inventor ballot on the AUGI site.

Subscription Advantage Pack for Inventor 2010

November 5, 2009

The recently introduced Subscription Advantage Pack for Inventor 2010 subscription users adds a couple of new tools and functions to your Inventor 2010. These new functions will be probably included directly in Inventor 2011. Do not install the Pack on a localized version of Inventor.

Among the new functions there are e.g. chain dimensions and dimensioning styles, text islands in hatches, the Block Browser, element suppression in simulations, global material assignments in simulations, etc.

See many of the news function in this Youtube video:

Add a language to your Inventor and AutoCAD

September 17, 2009

You may have noticed that AutoCAD 2010 and Inventor 2010 now offer language selection during the installation. I was never sure about the true purpose of this selection as it constantly shows Italian (or English in English versions) only.

It seems that this option is prepared for multiple language installations using installable “Language Packs” but these language packs were not introduced (yet?) in Europe.

You can learn lots of information from the following Autodesk “Language Pack” video:

Service Pack 1 for Inventor 2010

August 25, 2009

A little bit earlier this year – compared to version 2009 – Autodesk has released the first Service Pack for Inventor 2010. SP1 will patch any Inventor version (Suite or Professional) in any language. There is a separate SP1 for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Inventor 2010.

As always, read the README before you install the SP – e.g. it recommends to switch off Vista UAC for the installation.

You can download the SP1 for Inventor 2010 here.

Inventor documentation online

August 8, 2009

Autodesk recently puts the electronic documentation of its CAD software on the web. You can browse AutoCAD help files online in the same way as you do locally, the same applies to Revit and Civil 3D. All these resources are available on the web site docs.autodesk.com.

Unlike the other CAD products, Inventor documentation is downloadable only – you cannot browse it online. The CHM and PDF files which are normally in your Inventor Help folder can be downloaded by everyone.

There are also other new Autodesk web resources for Inventor users – e.g. the Manufacturing Resource Center at: