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Center of Gravity Display and use the gravity center mark in drawings. Select the new Center Of Gravity option from the browser context menu of the component referenced by the view. Selecting this option causes the center of gravity of the component to be calculated and a center mark placed at the corresponding location in the drawing view. The COG calculation respects Positional Representations, iPart/iAssembly member state, as well as flat vs. folded sheet metal states.

Interference Edge Display Create accurate drawing views of assemblies containing interference conditions. The new Display Interference option in the View dialog Display Option tab turns on calculation of interference edges so you no longer need to draw these in afterwards with the sketch tools. Both Visible Interference Edge and Hidden Interference Edge are exposed in the Object Defaults Style, giving you the ability to map them to different layers.

Superscript and Subscript Easily create text containing fractions, tolerance stacks, chemical formulas, and numbers in scientific notation. Text objects, including general notes, leaders, and system generated text, such as dimensions and hole notes, now support stacked text. Text stacking follows the AutoCAD paradigm triggered by the / # and ^ characters so you can insert stacked text as you type.

Parts List Filters Save valuable time when creating parts lists by controlling the content of parts lists without the need to suppress individual rows. New Parts List filters – accessible from both the Parts List Style and the parts list itself – provide extensive control over parts list content. The following filters are provided: Ballooned Items Only, Standard Content, multiple Item Number Ranges, i.e. 1 through 10 and 20 through 30, Purchased Items, and View Representations.

Reorder Prompted Entries Change the order of prompted entries in sketch symbol's new Reorder Prompted Entries command located on the context menu of the sketched symbol’s browser icon. Eliminates the need to delete and recreate prompted entries when you need to change the order.

View Annotation Style Use the new View Annotation Style to easily modify the format of view annotation such as section lines and detail view boundaries. The View Annotation Style provides increased control over Section, Auxiliary, and Detail views using graphical menus to simplify selection of the desired style. Additional fields in the style allow users to modify the extension line length, the style and size of the terminator, or arrowhead, and the text style for the label.

Terminators, or arrowheads, used in Section, Auxiliary, and Detail views now behave the same as dimension arrowheads – move the cursor over the green dot at the base of the symbol and double click when you see the symbol cursor to select a different terminator style.

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Technical What’s New

Leader Line Option for Detail Views Create detail views with leader lines between the detail boundary and the label. This option, which works with the non-ANSI style of detail, is located on the context menu of the detail view annotation. After selecting this option, you can drag the label away from the detail view boundary and a leader line is created automatically.

Enhanced Default Standard Style Enhanced Options for View Label Defaults The View Preferences in the Default Standard style have been enhanced giving users control over the content and formatting used when a view label is created. You can control default parameters for each of the different view types so your view labels are created exactly the way you need them. Includes control over label visibility and the label format. You can insert model properties in to the label and control the position of the label relative to the view. A new Constrain to View Border option provides predictably control.

Exclude Character Lists A new Character Exclude control, located on the General tab of the Default Standard style, allows users to call out which characters are to be excluded during the creation of view names and annotations (tables and tags) associated with revisions, holes, or bends.

Default Thread Representation New option allows users to control the display representation for sectioned threads and tapped holes.

Rename Sketch Browser Entry You can now give descriptive names to sketch nodes in the browser by double clicking on the node’s icon and typing the new name. This capability works with view level sketches, sheet level sketches, and sketch symbol instances.

Improved Plot Resolution for Shaded Views Create high resolution plots containing shaded views even when you don’t have the 3D part or assembly model. Inventor drawing files now maintain high resolution bit maps of rendered views to improve plot fidelity.

K factor Display in Bend Tables and Bend Notes The bend information reported to Drawing Manager or via the API now contains KFactor information. The Bend Note tool has been updated to allow users to add this additional information if desired.

ESKD Drafting Standard Compliance Wrap additional dimension text underneath a • dimension line.

Terminate leader on corner of feature control frame.• Two additional GD&T symbols – axis intersection and • parallel profile.

Closed arrowhead symbols for circular and total • runout.

Frame Generator Many companies and individuals require use of custom profiles. In Inventor 2009 software, users can publish their profiles to the Content Center for use in Frame Generator. A new Frame Shape Authoring tool has been developed to facilitate the publishing operations. The tool has the capability to prepare the custom profile for Frame Generator use. The feature affords complete control over the data displayed in the Frame Generator interface. This feature gives the user the necessary tools to add any custom profile to the Frame Generator. Profiles such as aluminum extrusions, dimensional lumber, profiled wood, rails, and miniature tubing to name a few.

User Defined Sections Inventor 2009 addresses the needs of the many companies and individuals who use custom profiles. Examples of common uses include custom aluminum extrusions, dimensional lumber, profiled wood, rails, and miniature tubing. Inventor 2009 provides a new Frame Shape Authoring tool for defining and publishing user-defined profiles. The authoring tool affords complete control over the data displayed in the Frame Generator interface. All profiles, including user-defined profiles, are now managed in the Content Center.

Technical What’s New

Frame Generator – Multi-select Save time by inserting multiple frame elements in a single operation. Standard Inventor multi-select options, including window select, chain select, and multi-select using <ctrl>, allow you to select and populate multiple elements. You can also work with the entire contents of a sketch by selecting the sketch browser node.

Performance and Capacity The Inventor user community continues to increase the scope and size of projects designed with Inventor. Customers building large industrial equipment and complex transportation systems are already managing assemblies with tens of thousands of parts.

Enhancements in Inventor 2009 provide additional scalability that simplifies working with very large assemblies, extending the performance envelope of Inventor. Customers can now leverage the full power of 64 bit computers and approach even larger projects knowing that they will be able to work with very large part counts.

Native 64 Bit Support Take full advantage of your investment in 64 bit computers². Inventor 2009 ships with 32 bit and 64 bit implementations. The installer will automatically install the 64 bit version when it detects a 64 bit version of Windows XP or Windows Vista. With this version, you no longer have to worry about the 3 gigabyte barrier allowing you to open and load much larger assemblies.

If you install on the 64 bit version of Windows Vista you will be able to install significantly more RAM. The exact amount depends on the design of your motherboard.

Capacity Meter – Display Physical Memory Option See at a glance how much physical memory is being used. With the huge increase in virtual memory space available on 64 bit computers, users are more interested in seeing how much physical memory is being used. On 64 bit systems, the capacity meter shows physical memory, or RAM, utilization. You can also select this mode on 32 bit systems from the toolbar tab of the Customize dialog.

Optimization for Pentium 4 Instruction Set Go faster with Inventor 2009. The Inventor 2009 has been optimized to take advantage of the SSE2 extended instruction sets supported on Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Opteron processors. While results will vary depending on the operation, you can expect an overall performance improvement in the range of 5 to 15% from this. The Inventor 2009 will not install on computers that do not support SSE2. Several utilities are available on the internet that report CPUID including supported instructions sets.

Task Scheduler – Multi Process Support Complete batch jobs in less time by taking advantage of multi-process support in the Inventor Task Scheduler. You can run up to sixteen processes at the same time. Set the number of processes and the amount of memory to be used using the Multi-Process Settings control. The task scheduler will launch processes until the specified memory limit is reached.

Footprint, performance, Add-in start-up Reductions in add-in size have reduced the overall memory footprint as well as the application start up time.Requires 64 bit operating system: Windows x64 Edition or a 64 bit version of Windows Vista 64 bit and 32 bit deployments are separate or later processor variants

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Technical What’s New

3D Navigation View Cube Get more control of default views in the modeling and drawing environments. The View cube replaces the glass cube with a small cube located in the corner of the screen to provide faster access to standard views. The view cube has active regions – edges, corners, and faces that give single click access to the corresponding views.

When adding base views to a drawing sheet, you can select the new From Model option to place the view with alignment defined by the front plane defined by the View Cube.

Steering Wheel Achieve better control of pan, zoom, and rotate, especially when working on laptops, without the use of mice or other pointing devices. The new Steering Wheel provides navigation flexibility and travels through the graphics area attached to the cursor to streamline interaction with the user interface. The Steering Wheel offers many different levels and types of control over model and drawing navigation, as well as providing consistency with other Autodesk applications.

Rewind Tool Quickly return to previous views. Select the Rewind area on the Steering Wheel and scroll back through the filmstrip to view and select previous views.

Constrained Orbit Rotate models as if they were located on a turntable. The existing Orbit tool has been renamed to Free Orbit and is joined by the new Constrained Orbit tool. Use this tool to quickly and easily constrict rotation to the vertical axis.

Assembly Design Using assembly substitutes, you have the advantages of lighter assemblies that still preserve accurate mass properties, including center of gravity, assembly constraints, and bill of materials data.

Assembly Substitutes Use a substitute part to represent an assembly when you don’t need access to the full assembly representation but still need to see how components and sub-assemblies interact. Substitute parts can now be called out directly from the Level of Detail folder so you can quickly switch between the substitute and any other LoD representation. Use a simple part when you want to hide a lot of detail or use the Derived Assembly tool to generate a substitute that provides an accurate lightweight representation of the Master assembly. The Derived Part tool has a new Reduced Memory mode so substitutes based on derived parts consume even less memory.

Level of Detail supports multiple assembly substitutes so you can create different assembly substitutes for different workflows. For example, create one substitute containing the information required for a digital mockup analysis and a second to define the level of detail needed so you can quickly create large layout drawings.

Improved Angle Constraint Control the behavior of movable joints – such as pins and hinges – by using the new Explicit Reference Vector option in the Angle Constraint to define an unambiguous reference direction.

Technical What’s New

GripSnap Move and Rotate Easily explore different configurations during the early design definition phase. New in Inventor 2009, the GripSnap tool combines flexibility, ease of use, and precision in one easy to use tool. GripSnaps supplement the existing assembly constraints allowing you to quickly move and rotate components. Simply select the components, work geometry, or sub-assemblies that you want to move. The possible translational and rotational options for the selected entity are displayed automatically in a pop-up ribbon bar.

AutoDrop - Multiple Insert Option Reduce the time required to place multiple bolts or screws. There is a new button in the AutoDrop toolbar to enable insertion of multiple fasteners in a single operation. When this option is selected, AutoDrop searches for and populates all holes that match the diameter of the original selection.

Center of Gravity Include the Center of Gravity in your design process by using the new workpoint and orthogonal workplanes associated with the Center of Gravity glyph.

Place Component Orientation Quickly place hundreds of components into assemblies without redefining the orientation at each step. Place Component and paste operations now use the orientation from the last instance in the browser and apply this to the next insertion, reducing the need to reorient individual components.

Enhanced Drive Constraint Use the Drive Constraint tool to identify and observe precise collision information without increasing the number of steps. The Drive Constraint tool now stops at the precise point of collision rather than the nearest step and displays the corresponding constraint angle in the Drive Constraint dialog. You can now use Contact Sets to define which parts should be included in the collision solve to improve performance.

Explicit iMate Matching Quickly place multiple occurrences of a component using all matching iMate names between that component and other components in the assembly. A new Match All iMates option in the Place Component dialog applies iMates between the placed component and first available component in the assembly with matching iMates.

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