How can I get CAD projects


P&G = Pack & go, you will find in the right-click z. B. on a joint file, then saves it with all associated parts.

I have a concern and hope that someone can give me practical experience, for example tips.

Practical, yes.

In my new company, parts that have been created in different programs have been growing for decades. Autocad Desktop, Autocad Mechanical, Inventor etc.

This probably means the no longer maintained Mechanical Desktop. For everyone else, Draftsight can also be of help, it's free, trying it out.

We are currently working with Inventor 2019.

My version is one of the last purchase versions, it will surely last until retirement, whether you will then have to rent licenses remains to be seen. But Autodesk has to offer the right incentives.


The problem is that many of these old Autocad files cannot be edited with Autocad Mechanical 2019, you can only open them.

Mechanical desktop in particular can be a problem here. So look in the cupboards to see if the old CDs are still in there. As far as I know, you then have a waiting period of a few days until you have to activate.


Now that we no longer draw with Autocad, I would like to trace all non-Inventor files in Inventor to bring order to the chaos.

The redrawing has proven itself for me, there was also an automatic system back then, where the desktop parts were dragged over with the feature tree, the result was waiting for completely serviceable parts, so you could just as easily pull over "stupid" as SAT. Or do it again right away, then you have a reasonable parametric behind it and the IProps on the occasion too.

AutoCAD is clear anyway, mostly only 2d. If 3d, then ACISOUT, you already have a SAT file. With Mechanical Desktop, the command was AMACISOUT.


Now to my question ... We work in Inventor with only one project storage location.

Yes, this concept is known from practice. It has advantages and disadvantages. Beware, project location is where the ipj is, data location is where the ipts, iams, etc. end up.


But have a central folder for all parts.

Right, that is exactly the single project concept.

The advantage is that IV always finds the things, you don't have to constantly switch between the project files and for data backup it is sufficient to save one directory.

The disadvantage is that when there are five-digit numbers of parts, you look for a wolf when you can only look for preview images. Comes z. For example, if the on-site service at the customer needs a part and cannot offer a number, just a photo.


Now there are parts that are used in various projects (assemblies).

You can do that, but it has considerable quirks not only in CAD. Because if you change a part, it gets a new revision, so that all assemblies where it is in get one and the projects anyway. That can give real organizational work.

So see how the inventory management handles it. If you order it according to the parts list, you will order 3 items today and 1 item in two weeks, possibly from another supplier, and will only keep a minimal amount in stock. The advantage of the same parts is then rather small. It depends, everyone has to decide for himself.

And don't forget to keep the old one, spare parts and such.



If I now make a change to a part, it will most likely resolve the assigned dependencies in all projects where the part occurs, right?

It depends. If the change is not e.g. B. only moves a surface, but IV still has this surface reference afterwards, he does not complain. If, on the other hand, you extrude the material and it creates a new surface, it won't find it and grumbles. But it can also happen that the position of the part shifts.



If so, then I have to go into each project assembly to reassign new dependencies.

Yes, reassigned only if it has to be. Check by all means. And you have to find out where the part is inside, the construction assistant (or is the design assistant called?) Has a proof of reuse in the search, but has been looking for 25,000 parts for a long time.



And do I have to go into the assembly drawing for every project to update it?

Yes you should. Because otherwise the purchasing department may only open the pdf and it still has the old status. Open the drawing, update it, check it (including the parts list, if available) and then save it in neutral format if necessary.

And don't forget the new revision number, if necessary.

How do you proceed with such a constellation, for example what solutions are there?

That depends on what inventory management, EDM, PDM (and what they are all called) are in use.

I have this problem in my main job, but it was no longer worthwhile to use identical parts, so the part is copied together with the drawing, is given a new number and is therefore only used once.

In the case of purchased parts, on the other hand, exactly the other way around, as many of the same as possible, with the risk that a lot of work will arise if a supplier involuntarily withdraws from the market. Fortunately, many no longer see a lapalie as a bankruptcy so closely and just carry on.

Also watch out for consecutive numbers. You make the assembly, you have 50 parts with sequence numbers, if you like, you can find them again (e.g. use background images, you can also see them in the preview) and then one part has to be replaced, it gets the next free number, becomes one possibly even given and this one part then sits 2348 parts further back. And that's where you find it ...


I hope that I have clearly stated my concern.

You're not the first. Incidentally, I have another method of data storage that protects unused data from myself above all. That has proven necessary.

[This message was edited by murphy on Aug. 8, 2018.]

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