I'm occasionally asked where additional content center libraries can be found for Autodesk Inventor's Frame Generator, and it seems those are not easy things to come by.
I suspect that's because of the time involved in creating them, once someone invest the time to make one, they're reluctant to just give them away. But do I know for sure? No. I don't.
But a few weeks ago, I was walking the virtual isles of the file sharing site GrabCAD, and low and behold, what do I find? Inventor Content Center Libraries for 8020 extrusion! The files were created and uploaded by Stan Wile, and he deserves a big thanks for sharing the work he's created.
|A sample of the extrusions use to create a frame. I've turned off one of the extrusions for clarity|
The files are in *idcl (Inventor Desktop Content Library) format, and here's how they can be made available to your installation of Autodesk Inventor 2013. Once those files are downloaded, it's time to get started.
First go to Tools>Application Options>Content Center Tab, and find the location where the Desktop Content Center is located.
|The Content Library locations.|
Now go to this location, and paste the *.idcl files into this location. The other Desktop Content Libraries will be here.
|The 8020 library placed into the Desktop Content Center location|
But there are a couple of more steps before everything is ready to go.
The libraries have to be made available to the project using the libraries. To start this step, go to the Application icon (I call this the "Big I"), and choose Manage>Projects
|Navigating to the project file location|
|Configuring the Content Center Libraries|
|Adding the library to the project|
Now, the 8020 extrusions can be used just like any frame generator component.
|Using the new extrusions|
If you want to download and add these extrusions to your own installation of Inventor, you can download them from GrabCAD by clicking here. Yes, there is a membership required, but once you get into GrabCAD, I think you'll like a lot of the things it has to offer.
Also, if you're using a version of Inventor earlier than 2013, all is not lost. Stan has also provided the 3D models of the profiles, which can be used to create your own Content Library by using the instructions at the Autodesk link here.
A Final Note
The libraries provided are for Inventor's Desktop Content. If you're using Autodesk Vault, and wish to move the files to the Vault Content Center Libraries. They can be transferred by using the Library Transfer Guide to be placed into the Vault Content Center Library.
|Accessing the Library Transfer Guide|