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What’s New in Inventor 2022

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What's New in Inventor 2022

Inventor 2022’s focus has been on managing parts and assemblies through model states, further enhancements to Inventor/Revit interoperability, Fusion 360 interoperability, productivity and performance.

Inventor 2022 Overview
  • Model States – Parts: Manage manufacturing operations, dimensional variations, and simplified representations all on one part file.
  • Model States – Assemblies: Create multiple representations of an assembly within a single document to manage various assembly configurations and model simplification.
  • Revit Interoperability: Collaborate on BIM projects with improved tools to simplify and save native Revit project files in Inventor.
  • Productivity and Performance: See increased performance when editing large assemblies and improved productivity in features you use often.
  • Installation and Deployment: Get everyone on your team onto the latest release with a new installation and deployment experience.
  • Drawings: Use the camera views, manufacturing information, and lighting style from your 3D model in your 2D drawing views.
  • Installation and Deployment: Get everyone on your team onto the latest release with a new installation and deployment experience.

Model States - Parts and Assemblies

The new model states workflow enables users to create multiple presentations of a part or assembly within a single document, producing model state variations with different parameters, components, properties or simplification.

Model states are particularly useful for manufacturing processes, families of parts or sheet metal fold operations.

Model states can be used for the following:

  • Machining operations from the casted model to the final part
  • Sheet metal stages for multiple bend operations
  • Weldments for weld preparation and other machining operations
  • Product families that have different values for dimensions or features that are shown or suppressed
  • Alternative assembly positions to quickly switch between them visually or used for drawing views
  • Level of completion for each stage as your design gets assembled
  • Simplification levels for removing intellectual property or high levels of detail before export
  • iProperty information

Model states in assemblies can be used for configurations, weldment preparation or alternate positions.

Part Model States

Model States - Parts and Assemblies

The new model states workflow enables users to create multiple presentations of a part or assembly within a single document, producing model state variations with different parameters, components, properties or simplification.

Model states are particularly useful for manufacturing processes, families of parts or sheet metal fold operations.

Model states can be used for the following:

  • Machining operations from the casted model to the final part
  • Sheet metal stages for multiple bend operations
  • Weldments for weld preparation and other machining operations
  • Product families that have different values for dimensions or features that are shown or suppressed
  • Alternative assembly positions to quickly switch between them visually or used for drawing views
  • Level of completion for each stage as your design gets assembled
  • Simplification levels for removing intellectual property or high levels of detail before export
  • iProperty information

Model states in assemblies can be used for configurations, weldment preparation or alternate positions.

Part Model States
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Assemblies - Instance Properties

Instance properties enables you to assign properties to individual component instances.

Assigned properties are stored in the parent assembly. 

Unlike iProperties, Instance Properties don’t affect the referenced component files. Instance Properties are assigned to individual component instances only and can override custom iProperties.

Instance Properties are available in annotations such as balloons, leader notes and parts lists.

Simplification Improvements

The new simplification command provides:

  • IP removal prior to export
  • All settings are moved to the property panel
  • Built-in presets
  • Integrated Inventor to Revit workflow

This new command replaces both the shrinkwrap and shrinkwrap substitute commands.

Interoperability - Inventor + Revit

2022 allow users for the first time to export Inventor models to the Revit rvt project file format.

The simplification tool gives users the ability to select only the components and features that are required for export into Revit.

A Revit Exports browser folder is placed in the Inventor model browser. It is populated with a node for the exported model.  As long as the model is maintained in the specified path, you can edit, preview, open in Revit or an associated application, or update the RVT model.

Interoperability - Inventor + Fusion 360

In addition to Revit interoperability, the new Inventor 2022 release includes a ‘Send to Fusion’ button making it easier to send data to Fusion 360 and Fusion Team.

Upon selection of the Send to Fusion 360 command, files will automatically get uploaded to your Fusion Team account.

In Fusion, you can make edits to your model geometry without changing the part in Inventor, this ideal when you need to prepare a part for CNC machining, 3D printing, or generative design.

 

Interoperability - Additional Workflows

Autodesk has also added QIF 3.0 support for PMI data and via the TAsk Scheduler, JT Export.

Productivity and Performance

The Autodesk Inventor team has continued to focus or Model, Drawing and Graphic Performance.

Parts, assemblies, drawings have all been enhanced year after year to deliver an efficient experience for everyone who works on complex parts and very large assemblies.

For those who enjoy editing parts while working in the assembly environment, you will find several performance improvements while editing sketches and visibility improvements.  GPU’s are now better utilised for visual styles like displaying wireframe and silhouette edges and opening and closing documents is faster than ever.

Productivity - User Interface

Fillets and Property Palette

The fillet command has been moved to the property panel and these panels can be docked anywhere on your screen.

Assembly Constraints

New options allow users to visualise what is under constrained.

There’s a status filter which you can select to show the constraint state in the browser.

Measure Command

The new installer and online deployment builder, making it simpler to configure and launch.

Tube and Pipe

Angle attribute is now exported when saving one or multiple runs to ISOGEN .pcf files .

iLogic support for Model State

iLogic is expanded to support the following Model State workflows:

  • ThisDoc.Document support for Model State In a component occurrence of a model state document, the existing ThisDoc.Document property returns the member document.
    • The ThisDoc.Document property is expanded to support returning the member document when running in a component occurrence of a model state document.
    • The new ThisDoc.FactoryDocument property returns the factory document when running either in a top-level document or in an assembly component. In a component occurrence document, this returns the associated factory document. In a top-level document, this returns the same object as ThisDoc.Document.
    • In a drawing, the new ThisDrawing.ModelFactoryDocument property returns the factory document for the first model view (or nothing if there is no model view).
    • In a drawing view, the new ICadDrawingView.ModelFactoryDocument property returns the factory document for that view (or nothing if it is not a model view).
  • There is a new event called Model State Activated now available in the Event Triggers dialog box. This trigger occurs when a model state is activated. Use this trigger to run a rule in the document in which the event occurred.
  • New function lets you add a component in a specified model state

    A new function called AddWithModelState is now available on the Components object (IManagedComponents interface). This function adds a managed occurrence of a part or subassembly.

    Note: Capture Current State on an existing component that includes a model state, in turn creates code that includes AddWithModelState.
  • iLogic edit-in-place and model states

    There are some restrictions on what you can do with iLogic rules when you are editing a model state component in place. In a model state, when a component member file is being in-place edited within an assembly:

    • You can edit, run, and suppress rules.
    • You can’t add or delete rules.

    There is no change to edit-in-place support for components that aren’t model state components: You can add an iLogic rule:

    • From the top level document.
    • At the sub-component level in the in-place-edit environment.
  • Instructions to Modify an Occurrence Parameter with a Model State

    Access the steps here: To Modify an Occurrence Parameter with a Model State.

  • Use the new Instance property snippets to read and create Instance Properties.
  • There is a new event named Any User Parameter Change in the Event Triggers dialog box. This event is triggered when you change the value of a User parameter.

Dark Theme

The Dark Theme that was introduced in the 2021 release has been fully implemented in 2022, including in the iLogic Rule Editor

Drawings

You can now change the look of shaded views in Drawings by changing  the lighting style.

There are new drawing view options available to repurpose the camera views and 3D annotations created in the 3D model.Centerlines and center marks with extended lines now break when intersecting with dimensions, making it easier to read the dimension value.

Installation and Deployment

The measure command is updated to use a property panel style and has Done and Retry buttons to improve workflow and productivity. Measure in an assembly has a tool palette for quick access to selection filtering and a loop modifier.

You can now create a deployment that includes your customized settings in the iLogic Configuration dialog box.

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Autodesk Releases Inventor 2021.2

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Autodesk has released the latest 2021.2 version for Inventor on 30/10/2020 and looking through the list, I find that the list is on improvements and resolving issues rather than new features and functionality.

Here’s the list below. For more information visit the Autodesk Inventor Help page

 
Design Consulting Autodesk Inventor Professional Dynamic Simulation 2

Add-Ins – Cable and Harness

Resolved a Cable & Harness Loom style color cannot be updated issue. INVGEN-41120

Resolved issue where visibility of the components setting is ignored when editing a Cable & Harness sub assembly. INVGEN-43727

Add-Ins – Content Center

Resolved issue where the Place from Content Center icon (Ribbon) switched to Place icon during placing a component from Content Center. INVGEN-32831

Resolved issue where columns with formulas that reference other columns weren’t working correctly. INVGEN-36130

Resolved issue where Content Center commands were enabled for non-master positional representations when switching between documents. INVGEN-37050

Improved performance when placing large Content Center families. INVGEN-39031

Resolved issue for the Chinese version where Boolean values were translated in the opposite direction. INVGEN-43480

Add-Ins – Design Accelerator

Improved the constraint behavior of bolted connections (BC) by applying temporary ground constraints to keep the BC in position when constraining to them. Temporary constraints are removed afterward. INVGEN-39989

Resolved issue preventing bolted patterns from following the pattern after being edited. INVGEN-41252

Resolved error messaging issue, it is improved for cases where template report files aren’t accessible. INVGEN-41345

Resolved issue that the bolted connection did not insert the correct bolt length. INVGEN-41805

Resolved issue where the bolted connection generator created Through All holes instead of To Face holes. INVGEN-42562

Resolved a refresh Content Center Standard Parts with Bolted Connection sub-assembly issue. INVGEN-42851

Resolved issue that prevented changing the shaft generator element type or deleting the element. INVGEN-43202

Resolved issue that bolted connections did not work properly when the sub-assemble structure was disabled. INVGEN-44310

Resolved issue where Bill of Materials didn’t update correctly after using the Bolted Connection Follow pattern setting. INVGEN-44383

Add-Ins – Frame Generator

An additional index is added at the end of the file name to avoid duplicating file names. INVGEN-39016

Frame Generator property panel. Moved “Zoom” label away from border. INVGEN-39378

Improved stability when working with Frame Generator. INVGEN-41396

Add-Ins – Mold Design

Resolved issue with displaying saved Part Fill Analysis results after reopening the file. INVGEN-2884

Resolved a performance issue with imported data in Mold Design Generate core and cavity. INVGEN-40356

Add-Ins – Simulation

Resolved issue where saved Inventor files (when using the Centaur addin) did not include FEA results when re-opened. INVGEN-41945

Add-Ins – Simulation – Stress Analysis

Improved performance when moving an FEA probe tag. INVGEN-43601

Add-Ins – Task Scheduler

Resolved issue preventing Task Scheduler from  checking files into Vault as part of a migration task. INVGEN-41548

Add-Ins – Tube and Pipe

Resolved issue where file naming defaults and indexing for Tube & Pipe run locations weren’t working correctly. INVGEN-37052

Resolved the issue where dimensions applied to a route did not persist when the Auto Dimension option is OFF. INVGEN-40329

It’s now possible to promote/demote tube and pipe content center components when they are outside the scope of tube and pipe assemblies. INVGEN-40379

Resolved issue preventing you from moving Tube and Pipe components in the browser. INVGEN-41253

Resolved a Tube and Pipe issue where Copy run doesn’t offer unique filenames for populated copied components. Now, when a run with populated route/s is copied, unique filenames for populated components are offered to finish the workflow. INVGEN-43243

Resolved issue where a Tube & Pipe assembly lost its adaptivity. INVGEN-43341

Improved stability when editing a Tube & Pipe route in some models. INVGEN-43347

Improved stability when editing routes in the Tube & Pipe environment. INVGEN-43616

Resolved issue where it was not possible to snap a tube and pipe component to the route end point during component placement. INVGEN-44122

Resolved issue where an unpopulated route did not update and later populate. For 2021 and earlier versions of Inventor. INVGEN-44277

Resolved issue where there are missing context menu commands during tube and pipe fitting placement. INVGEN-46146

Add-Ins – iLogic

Resolved issue where iLogic Form wouldn’t function after changing the Level of Detail and accessing the Bill of Materials. INVGEN-36380

Removed the Page Setup command from the rule editor toolbar. INVGEN-36993

In the iLogic rule editor, autocomplete now works for function parameters. INVGEN-39827

Read only parameters now have a different background color than read/write INVGEN-42780

Resolved issue causing iLogic forms to take a long time to refresh. INVGEN-43789

Resolved issue with Migrate ETO names where Inventor displayed an error or failed to migrate names. INVGEN-44408

Resolved iLogic UI issues related to dark theme. INVGEN-45661

Resolved issue with the Dark Theme where the the Publish 3D PDF dialog box would become too dark to read after creating an iLogic rule. INVGEN-46367

AnyCAD

The units of measure defined in Revit data file are now respected during import INVGEN-38659

Resolved issue where the Resolve Link dialog box would display when importing a Pro-e assembly. INVGEN-45694

Assemblies

Improved stability when enabling Suppress on the iProperties/Occurrences tab for a component. INVGEN-43768

Assemblies – BOM

Resolved issue where copying cells in the Bill of Materials would incorrectly overwrite the Quantity and Thumbnail values. INVGEN-42397

Resolved issue where the Bill of Materials Expand All Children setting wasn’t working. INVGEN-42435

Improved stability when working with iAssemblies Bill of Materials. INVGEN-43703

Assemblies – Constraints-Joint-Assemble

Resolved issue that iMate fails to match after replacement. INVGEN-42147

Assemblies – Copy Object

Resolved incremental file naming issue in Copy Component. INVGEN-39719

Assemblies – Design Views

Improved stability when using the undo and redo commands. INVGEN-42611

Resolved issue where Modify Design View Representation changes were not being saved in an assembly. INVGEN-42770

Assemblies – Features-Sketch

Resolved issue where Include Geometry in a 3D Sketch would not create fully constrained geometry. INVGEN-42390

Assemblies – Mirror-Copy-Replace

Resolved issue where Copy Components would corrupt the file when reusing an existing instance. INVGEN-45644

Drawings

Improved stability when working in the drawing environment. INVGEN-39174

Drawings – Tables

Resolved issue that Inventor failed to set the hole table origin at existing center mark. INVGEN-41662

Drawings – True Connect

Resolved issue where the drawing file size was increased after adding iProperties. INVGEN-37773

Drawings – Views

Resolved issue that 2D constraints were lost in a section view that used projected geometry when the angle of the reference geometry was updated . INVGEN-31205

Resolved issue where the initial drawing scale was not correct. INVGEN-44129

Resolved issue where Realign Auxiliary Views command persisted a raster view when Exported to PDF/DWF. INVGEN-44136

Resolved issue preventing pasting a view into the same location as the original view when the cursor is on sheet. INVGEN-44726

Parts

Resolved a stability issue when a derived sheet metal part is resolved to a new file and an update is pending. INVGEN-45273

Parts – 2D Sketch

Resolved a performance issue that occurred when creating sketch patterns. INVGEN-36776

Parts – Derive

Improved stability when editing a derived part sketch. INVGEN-44268

Parts – Extrude-Revolve-Sweep-Coil

Improved performance of Extrude Through All. INVGEN-43112

Parts – Fillet-Chamfer

Improved stability when using fillet to select an edge loop on a non-active component. INVGEN-43787

Improved stability when creating fillets. INVGEN-44154

Resolved issue where applying a variable fillet atop another fillet would exit Inventor, INVGEN-44971

Parts – Hole-Threads

Improved stability when creating a Hole during edit-in place after turning on “Allow Center Point Creation” and placing a Hole center point. INVGEN-43698

Parts – Measure

Improved stability when editing a drawing dimension while a modeless dialog is displayed. INVGEN-44959

Parts – Sheet Metal

Improved stability of the Refold feature. INVGEN-3353

Resolved issue about an API query for FlatBendResult.Bend hangs inventor. INVGEN-44872

Platform

Resolved issue where the custom template paths did not populate the  Application Options/File tab fields when using  /IMPORTOPTIONS on Inventor start up. INVGEN-37765

Improved stability of Inventor close when working in the VBA editor. INVGEN-41209

Improved stability when using the und and redo commands. INVGEN-41614

Resolved issue where Save As wasn’t checking to see if another document with the same filename was already open. INVGEN-41661

Improved stability when creating a sketch and an invisible insertion point was corrupt. INVGEN-43763

Platform – Framework

Improved stability when copying and pasting work geometry. INVGEN-45716

Platform – Graphics

Improved stability when editing a sketch pasted from an AutoCAD drawing. INVGEN-42066

Presentations

The last selected option in the tweak command is retained in the current Inventor session. INVGEN-11506

Translators

Resolved issue where the component color was missing when importing Pro/E assembly files. INVGEN-28934

Improved stability when importing an NX assembly which contains parts with issues. INVGEN-41550

Resolved missing face color issue when importing certain step files. INVGEN-42138

Resolved issue where AnyCAD Catia components were in the wrong position when exported to a STEP file. INVGEN-42305

Resolved issue where Export to STEP 242 or to JT, caused unexpected termination. INVGEN-43314

Translators – DWG-DXF

Resolved issue that title block text shifted when exported to an AutoCAD DWG file. INVGEN-44331

Tutorial Framework

Resolved issue preventing you from sharing Guided Tutorials. INVGEN-43609

Resolved issue preventing you from allowing the Tutorial Gallery to work properly with a Proxy server setup. This requires the Windows environment variables: http_proxy and https_proxy. INVGEN-43662

UI

Resolved issue that the Nastran Convergence Settings icon was missing in the Inventor 2021 dark theme. INVGEN-42777

Resolved issue on My Home where the document number wasn’t showing up in the Recent Document section. INVGEN-44172

Resolved issue that the in-canvas edit box did not accept input when the model was open in a separate window. INVGEN-45983

UI – Browser

Fixed the color of the ‘unresolved’ icon for dark mode. INVGEN-43860

Improved the stability of suppressing unresolved content center files. INVGEN-44379

UI – Customization

Resolved issue that 3DA and Vault commands were removed from Quick Access Toolbar after restarting  Inventor twice. INVGEN-43198

Resolved issue where a Macro button vanished from a custom panel after adding an optional parameter to the method. INVGEN-46035

UI – Mini Toolbar

Resolved issue causing View Navigation to respond very slowly when the appearance Adjust command is active under Dark theme. INVGEN-43761

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