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March 23, 2011

Autodesk Inventor 2012-New Features Part 3-Interoperability,Simulation,Sustainability

AutoCAD Import
Several new options improve interoperability with AutoCAD.
-On the Open flyout, select Import DWG to bypass the Options setting.
-In the file import wizard, the final dialog box contains options to import AutoCAD Surfaces and Wires. To enable the Surface and Wire selection, select New Part.
-Materials applied in the AutoCAD file persist in the Inventor file after translation.
Updated Translators
The following translators support newer versions of the file format:
-Import: R6 – R20
-Export: R10 - R20
-Import: up to version 23.0
-Export: versions 9.0 - 23.0
-Import: versions 3 - 7.5
Rhino File Translation
Rhino (*.3dm) files can be imported for use in Autodesk Inventor. The import operation does not maintain associativity with the original file. After the import operation:
-Changes to the original file do not affect the imported part.
-Changes to the imported part do not affect the original file.
-You can change the model as if it was created in Inventor.

OmniClass Table
The OmniClass Table dialog box provides an improved means of locating the Revit class for your BIM content.
-Revit and AME MvPart types are synchronized.
-Look in option is available to refine category filtering.
-Table context menu options control column display.
-No classification option is available for your content.
Export Building Components
-Before you export the component, provide all inputs and selections, and then click Apply Changes.
-To exclude model properties, clear the Model Property check box. When Model Property is selected, model properties are exported with the component.
-The model orientation options include ViewCube. The ViewCube "views" generate component views when exporting. When the model is opened in Revit, the ViewCube positions sync with the Revit ViewCube.
-To redefine the ViewCube origin point, use the triad. Select a component vertex or work point as input for the origin point.
-Thumbnail images are the isometric view of each orientation option. Each orientation option has an associated image. The images reflect what you see in the display. Use View settings for shadows, ground reflections, and lighting to produce a high quality thumbnail image.

Retain Joints
When joints are built automatically from assembly constraints, you can retain them in the model when the translator is turned off.
You have the opportunity to both customize the standard joints built from constraints and author new standard joints, without starting from scratch.
Continuous Load Improvements
Enhancements are added to help you define the start and end magnitudes of the continuous load.
Placement options are expanded with relative and absolute definition of offset.
In the Frame Analysis environment:
-Define the end magnitude as well as the start magnitude of the continuous load.
-Checked Custom size option enables you to specify the offset and length of the load on the selected beam.
-Define offset using the absolute or relative values.
Frame Analysis Probes
New Probe and Probe Labels commands enlarge the list of tools for viewing simulation results. The commands help you to:
-Create probes for selected simulation results.
-Control the visibility of probe label in the graphics window.
You can create one or more probes when any simulation result is active, and then switch between results to see values. Run the simulation, select Probe, and click a node or any position on the beam in your model.
Created probe annotations are displayed when any result is active. Click Probe Labels to toggle the probe visibility.
Beam Model Improvements
In the Frame Analysis Settings dialog box, Beam Model tab, two options are added:
Create Rigid Links
-When selected, increases the flexibility to adjust the beam model during automatic conversion.
-When the check box is cleared, rigid links are not automatically created during model conversion. Instead, you can create rigid links manually according to your needs and preferences.
Trim Mitered Beam Ends
-When selected, the overlaps are trimmed during automatic model conversion.
-Simplifies generated model and improves the accuracy of the simulation results.
Customization of Beam Properties
You can edit an increased number of beam mechanical properties, including two new properties.
-Reduced Shear Stress (Ax)
-Reduced Shear Area (Ay)
At the bottom of the Beam Properties dialog box, check Customize, and then enter your values. It allows you to fully define, or control the section properties.
Sign Convention in Frame Analysis Results
Stress results were unified to use the same sign convention as the Stress Analysis results. The interpretation of Frame Analysis results is now consistent with Stress Analysis results.
Geometry Healing and Meshing
Enhancements in the geometry healing and meshing operations for stress analysis mean increased success in analyzing complex designs.
In consumer products and some other industries, product designs involve many surfaces and tight tolerances. You can simulate the behavior of such designs before you build a physical prototype.
The improved content and interface in the Stress Analysis Guide help you find the answers you need, whether your skills are novice or intermediate.
In-Canvas Tools
New Marking Menus are present in all Simulation environments. These menus provide immediate access in the canvas to the most commonly used commands.
Material Selector
In the part and assembly environments, an Add-In command is added to the Environments tab. The tool connects you with the GRANTA MI materials informational system allowing you retrieve and use materials property data.

Autodesk Inventor 2012-New Features Overview
Autodesk Inventor 2012-New Features Part 1-User Interface and Productivity
Autodesk Inventor 2012-New Features Part 2-Enhanced Modeling
Autodesk Inventor 2012-New Features Part 4-Tooling

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