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Autodesk Inventor what’s new 2022: Five quick tips

Revit project export? Model states? Assembly constraint display? What’s been your favourite new feature in Autodesk Inventor 2022 so far?

Aside from the headline features, the product team work hard to improve the useability of Inventor.

In this post, I want to highlight five new features that – while small, will make a big difference to your everyday experience with Inventor.

Dimension intersection enhancement

To help the dimension values to be read clearly, centerlines and center mark with extended lines now break when intersecting with dimensions.

Centerlines and center marks break when:

  • A dimension is placed over a centerline or a center mark.
  • A centerline or a center mark is placed over a dimension.

Extrude surface mode

The Extrude property panel has been updated to make the Surface mode option more apparent.

The default extrude type is a solid body.

Turn ON Surface mode to extrude surfaces, turn OFF Surface mode to extrude solids.

Update substitutes

In Autodesk Inventor 2022, substitute parts no longer show their update status on their browser icon.

You no longer need to open a substitute part and use the context menu command Check for Updates to synchronize a substitute with the source assembly.

Instead – when a substitute part is out of date, it displays the familiar update icon (Lightning bolt) in the source assembly.

You can choose to update the substitute part if desired or open the part and break the link with the source to prevent updates.

Property Panel Navigation

Property panel navigation refinements to enhance the experience include:

  • Enter – apply value edits
  • Ctrl + Enter – end the feature definition, create the feature, and close the property panel
  • Tab – move progressively to the next field
  • Shift + Tab – move recursively to the previous field
  • Ctrl+ Down – accesses the RVEC Flyout menu
  • Up/Down keys – move up and down combo list controls
  • Text color – invalid values are red, valid values are black

 

OK. These next two came out in Inventor 2021.2 – but I think that they are worth highlighting!

Open multiple

RMB (Right mouse button) any component in the browser or graphics window. Use CTRL+LMB or SHIFT+LMB in the browser, or windows select in the graphics window.

When you have your selection set, RMB (Right mouse button) and choose ‘Open’ to open all the components Individually.

Tip: In previous releases, you could open the BOM manager, select your components RMB and pick ‘Open’.

Open file location

RMB (Right mouse button) any component in the browser or graphics window, to find a new option ‘Open file location’.

This will open windows explorer at the file location of your component.

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