Autodesk has named IPT, Illini Prosthetic Technologies, a nonprofit organization, as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for August 2011 for the company’s use of Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software in developing a more affordable and more easily fitted prosthetic arm for below-elbow amputees, particularly those living in developing nations.
By creating digital prototypes of its prosthetic arm with Inventor, IPT has been able to streamline its product design process and create working physical prototypes that successfully incorporate and balance affordability, durability and flexibility - all important factors for users in developing countries.
Here is an add-in for Autodesk Inventor that should be built into the core of Inventor from the beginning. Thanks to Brian Hall, aka: @QubeIt we now have this functionality. Center Point Rectangle is now on Version 3.
Center Point Rectangle has four rectangle drawing commands that are used inside the sketch environment. The four commands are listed below:
Center Point Rectangle: This command draws a rectangle about the origin of where the user picks. It constrains the rectangle by adding a vertical and horizontal alignment constraint to
one of the vertical and horizontal lines respectively as well as a coincident constraint to the geometry that the user selects.
Diagonal Center Point Rectangle: This command draws a rectangle about the origin of where the user picks and adds a diagonal construction line that goes from one corner to the opposite corner with a sketch point constrained to the mid-point of the diagonal line.
Horizontal Mid-Point Rectangle: This command draws a rectangle that starts from the mid-point of one of the horizontal lines of the rectangle. A sketch point is then added and constrained to that line’s mid-point.
Vertical Mid-Point Rectangle: This command draws a rectangle that starts from the mid-point of one of the vertical lines of the rectangle. A sketch point is then added and constrained to that line’s mid-point.
Version 3 now supports Autodesk Inventor 2010, 2011, & 2012. You can download this Add-In at mCADForums.com. He has also included the source code for this Add-In if you want to do some tweaking on it yourself. Hope you enjoy.
Here are some videos showing the functionality of the Center Point Rectangle Add-In.
Here is a video showing the basics of the Center Point Rectangle Add-In.
Here is a video showing the changes that were made in Version 2.
Here is a video showing the changes that were made for Version 3.
While working inside of Inventor, have you ever wondered, why isn't there a function for this. If there was an add-in tool it would make my life so much easier. Well, here is you chance to learn something new. With this self-paced tutorial guide you can have a smooth introduction into the programming world.
“My First Plug-in” is a “one-stop shop” learning path
for users who know Autodesk products but are absolutely new to programming and
are thinking about taking the plunge. In this guide, you will be working with
the Autodesk Inventor COM API and the Visual Basic programming language. My First Inventor Plug-in Overview
Now that Autodesk Inventor 2012 has been out for a while, the authors have had the time to get their books updated with all the latest features. Here is a breakdown of all of the books available in Paperback and on the Kindle E-Book Reader. Alot of good selections out there.