In my post last week, I talked about how you could remove features and voids using some of the new tools in Autodesk Inventor 2013.
Now, while cruising about the internet, I find Inventor Simplification. Brought to us by the team at Autodesk Labs.
Admittedly, this tool did come out back in April, but I only got to install and start driving it late last week.
So what about it is so wonderful that it warrants a blog post?
I was impressed by the workflow. There are only four tools, all located on a "Simplfy" tab that's added to Inventor's ribbon.
|Just for buttons! That's it.|
Another plus, is the flow is pretty natural, at least in my humble opinion. The basic steps are:
Select the components to be added to the simplification by picking, or using a filter for external parts
Inventor Simplify creates a View representation containing the parts selected
Export the parts to an Inventor part file that now contains the simplified geometry. If desired, the exported geometry can be edited further by patching holes. This removes additional detail, or even voids.
Optionally, components can be reduced into "envelopes". In other words, show the volume the components occupy, without showing the actual component. Handy for removing that intellectual property you don't want to show!
Additionally, if components need to be removed from the simplification, the View Representation can be edited. This makes it a lot easier to make adjustments.
|An example of a simplified component|