It is that time of year when Autodesk unveils the newest and most exciting product features. The Inventor 2022 release is designed to give government users more productivity as well as a more reliable workflow with fewer steps.
Autodesk is listening to customers through interactive sessions, Inventor Ideas Station, and Feedback Communities. Here is a list of some key updates in this Inventor 2022 release.
- Model States for multiple representations
- Instance Properties provide a unique reference for components
- Fillet is now in the Properties panel further streamlining usage
- illogic additions for even more automation
Let us take a closer look at all that this new Inventor 2022 has to offer.
Model States Bring Productivity
Model States is one of the most long-awaited features of Inventor 2022. Model States enable the creation of multiple representations of a part or assembly contained in a single, to provide a convenient way to engineer, manage, and manufacture your designs. Model states can be used for bill of materials, tooling machining operations, multiple fold operations for sheet metal, assembly positions, and more.
Instance Properties is a feature that many have requested. This ability enables you to assign unique properties to duplicate components within an assembly document. Assigned properties are stored in the assembly file so will not affect the original referenced component. Instance Properties are available for display in balloons, leader notes, and parts lists. This can be used as a unique ID or reference designator
The simplify command has been enhanced to remove complexity and intellectual property from your design before sharing your designs. This command is now found on the property panel to help you be more efficient. Presets have also been made available to save settings for future simplification projects.
The fillet command is also now located in the property panel and divided into three categories for Fillet, Face Fillet and Full Round Fillet. This simplifies how many filet options are in the property panel for the ones that are most commonly used.
Another update is that drawings now include shaded views to reflect the lighting styles, camera views, and 3D annotations.
Additionally, you can export to QIF (Quality Information Framework) 3.0 is now supported to include PMI (Product Manufacturing Information) data. QIF is built on the XML framework for integration and interoperability with other systems.
The Property Panel continues to see enhancements such as new keyboard shortcuts and color validation to highlight input errors that improve engineer efficiency and user experience with the panel.
Defining the precise location and function of your assembly design is essential. New symbols in the assembly browser help identify parts that may need additional constraints to fully define those parts.
As always, Autodesk is constantly working on performance enhancements to improve the application. A faster application startup gets you to designing sooner!
In addition, being able to edit-in-place helps improve performance. Edit in-place has been improved for features, sketches, and object visibility.
Graphics Display has been enhanced on changing view orientation, panning, and zooming in and out. Edge silhouettes are rendered using the GPU which improves performance when using those visual styles with edge silhouettes.
Revit interoperability continues to be a focal point for Inventor 2022. Export to Revit incorporates the new Simplify command to produce a REVIT model containing only the components and features needed for the Revit design. The Revit Export and Simplify command have been combined and added to the property panel for a complete set of options in one easy-to-use interface.
Inventor iLogic allows for automation of your design. iLogic has been expanded to support the new Model States and instance properties to allow you to automate design variations even further.