Autodesk Inventor iLogic Part – I
I’ll focus on Autodesk Inventor iLogic fundamentals, features & simple tutorials in my next few posts, before Autodesk will release the much awaited Autodesk Inventor 2010 to the CAD World 😉
I can’t wait
Now to Inventor iLogic,
With the acquision of iLogic from www.logimetrixinc.com, the manufacturers have a leading edge in Rules Driven Design (RDD) to capture and reuse their engineering knowledge to standardise the design process.
Note: By using RDD process, the designers and manufacturers introduce new and innovative design intent that goes beyond exisiting paramteric design technology.
iLogic provides an easy and better way to create capture and reuse design data there by enhancing productivity to the end user.
iLogic embeds rules as objects into part modeling and assembly modeling. Although parametric modeling was embeded into Autodesk Inventor, my earlier post too includes paramteric modeling using excel file, iLogic provides a better solution than the Excel format integration.
Before using iLogic I suggest you to review the exisiting parametric modeling option available within Autodesk Inventor by refering the previous post on Parametric Modeling.
iLogic – This provides additional options like creation and inclusion of custom parameter types; string, boolean (true / false), and multi-value (combo box lists of valid sizes or equations) directly into Inventor part and assembly models. The addition of these parameter types expands Inventor’s capabilities in order to write rules that involve more than just numeric input values. Don’t you feel these options will enhance the capability of Autodesk Inventor parametric modeling to designers and manufacturers
Some of the options that iLogic provides are listed below
- Supports Message Box and Input Box functions for providing feedback, options and information to the designer as rules are running.
- Read and write to Excel spreadsheet document(s) regardless of the format.
- Automatically search for and change iPart or iAssembly configurations based on conditional statements defined in assembly level rules.
- Drive the activation of parts and assembly features, or the components and constraints of assemblies, from rules using conditional arguments.
- Automatically update and drive thread specifications when a hole or rod size changes.
- Read, write and/or react to the material or color properties of the design document, mass or volume of a part and design parameters.
- Keep Bill of Materials information up to date when rules morphs a model into a new configuration.
- Restrict or auto-correct user input values to ensure resulting configurations are valid and comply with design specifications/standards.
Starters, with no programming experience can learn the basics of iLogic easily and quickly; while designers and engineers with good programming experience will realize the potential of iLogic’s capability and will confidently agree that limitation will lie in their own imaginations.
However, if you feel that you want to learn the programming part too, I suggest you to learn VB.NE,