A couple of notes before you read the whole blog!
- My tests were conducted with Autodesk Inventor 2015, the version I'm currently using at work. Other versions may behave differently!
- If you're comfortable editing your registry, follow the instructions at Being Inventive here, and you won't need to follow the steps I describe.
If you choose to read on... Welcome!
I had forgotten, in the mad world of hustling drawings, every little thing you can do to make your life a little easier helps. Something a little faster or a little more accurate can save you a lot of time.
One setting that got me on a drawing was the default thread behavior in Inventor. It's unchecked by default, which means that threads won't display in a drawing.
It's not a big deal to check the box and turn it on. The trick is remember into to check the box!
What would really be desirable, is to set it once, and have it stick that way.
Fortunately, there is a way! Here are the steps.
The first thing to do is start a base view just like you would any view.
But before you place anything, make sure to check the "Thread Feature" option to turn on the hidden lines that represent threads.
This part is important. Make sure to check the box before placing the view!
|Check this box BEFORE placing the view.|
Once the box is checked, place the view. The threads will not only show, but the threads will "persist" and display by default the next time you place a view..
|There are my threads!|
There is a small downside though. You'll have to do it for each file type. That means doing this procedure for parts, sheet metal, assemblies, etc.
It's not difficult, it just takes a little bit of time.
Also, if you want Autodesk to change it, don't shake your fist in the air. Let them know at the Autodesk Idea Station here!
I've placed my vote!
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